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Kayla Giordano Presents Political Research on Capitol Hill

Published on May 05, 2017

Kayla Giordano Presents Political Research on Capitol Hill

Eastern student Kayla Giordano '17 was among only 60 students from across the country to present at Posters on the Hill (POH), a highly competitive undergraduate research conference held annually in Washington D.C. At the April 26 conference, students presented their research to members of Congress.

Giordano, who double majors in political science and economics, presented her poster titled "Going Negative: The Effects of Direct Mail Programs on Political Campaigns."

Mentored by William Salka, political science professor at Eastern, Giordano said, "My project was a research study I conducted for my senior Honors Thesis. I surveyed voters from a Connecticut Senate race to understand their attitudes and behaviors toward negative advertising by political candidates."

Speaking to the honor of being the only student from Connecticut to present at the 2017 POH conference, Giordano said: "Being able to represent Eastern was definitely rewarding. My research was on negative advertising in political campaigns, so being able to present in our nation's capital was such a great ending to a project I've been working on for two years."

Eastern has represented Connecticut six out of the 11 times it has appeared in the annual Posters on the Hill conference. The conference has an acceptance rate of approximately 10 percent.