ASU global studies student presents work at APSA conference

September 13, 2017

Mia Armstrong is a senior at ASU majoring in global studies and journalism. With the assistance of the Global Studies Travel Grant offered by the School of Politics and Global Studies, Armstrong was able to attend the annual American Political Science Association (APSA) meeting.

Armstrong co-presented a paper on the U.S. military’s handling of sexual assault cases. They analyzed military disposition of cases dispositions using data from U.S. military bases in Japan. Download Full Image

As part of the Junior Fellows program, Armstrong has been working with political science Professor Carolyn Warner for nearly two years on this project.

“I've been able to learn a lot from Dr. Warner,” Armstrong said. “Not only on the subjects that we've researched, but also on the process of doing research — how you gather data, conduct interviews, write articles for journals and attend academic conferences.”

Once she returned from the conference in San Francisco, Armstrong shared some of her experiences:

Question: What were some of your takeaways from completing this research?

Answer: The military justice system is an incredibly complex system. Because I'm interested in a career in law, it has been really interesting to dive into the complexities of a legal system independent from the civilian system most of us are familiar with. Additionally, this research sparked the idea for my honors thesis, which I'm conducting on media coverage of military sexually assault, a topic which blends my two majors (global studies and journalism).

Q: What was it like presenting your work?

A: It was incredibly difficult for us to condense what we had been researching for two years into a ten minute presentation! Beyond that though, it was unbelievably rewarding to be able to share our research and to get feedback from other researchers from around the country and the world. Moreover, attending the conference gave me lots of ideas of the different paths I can potentially take after finishing my undergraduate degrees.

Q: What advice would you give someone who was looking to have a similar experience?

A: Don't be intimidated! Conferences like the APSA can be overwhelming, especially as an undergraduate. But the truth is that everyone there is there because they want to learn and share — as long as you want to learn and share as well, you'll have a great experience!

For those who are interested in gaining research experience, approach your professors! My involvement in this project started with me sending a cold email to Dr. Warner during the fall of my freshman year because I read about her research on the SPGS (School of Politics and Global Studies) website and was really interested in it. SPGS professors are doing amazing work; don't be afraid to ask how you can get involved.”

Matt Oxford

Manager of marketing and communications, School of Politics and Global Studies


ASU students create organization to support health majors

A new Arizona State University student group seeks to help health majors identify ways to put their degrees to work.

September 14, 2017

Service, professionalism and mentorship. Those are the three principles of the CONHI Health Initiatives, or CHI, a new student-led organization at Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus.

“This is the first student organization that is focused on students who are non-nursing,” said Rachel Tomlinson, co-founder and vice president of the group. CHI Logo Logo courtesy: Maria San Andres Download Full Image

CHI is the brainchild of Tomlinson and her fellow co-founder and organization President Maria San Andres, both are pursuing non-clinical health degrees. 

After recognizing a need for support dedicated specifically to ASU's College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) students pursuing health majors outside of nursing, the pair created CHI as an innovative solution. 

“We are really trying to focus on providing a holistic view of what is available to students, as far as, opportunities in their career and the workforce,” San Andres said.

The organization’s focus came into view after both San Andres and Tomlinson worked as first year success coaches. They said through that experience they discovered the nursing college's students had a hard time figuring out what type of job their health degree could lead to. (Degrees include: community healthhealth care compliance and regulationshealth care coordinationhealth innovation and integrative health.) 

“We saw this kind of behind-the-scenes administrative and one-on-one advocacy component of the health majors which is something really interesting, so we don’t expect freshmen to know it, it's something we just want to help explore with them,” Tomlinson said.

With meetings held every other Friday during the academic year, the plan is to bring in guest speakers, connect students with mentors, volunteer opportunities, and delve deeper into the innovation side of the healthcare profession.

“The health care industry is growing and we’re all kind of learning where that’s going, so I think that’s the fun part but also the really challenging part to kind of explain to students,” San Andres said.

Given that they are a new organization, both Tomlinson and San Andres are all ears when it comes to feedback and what students would like to get out of the experience.

CHI is open to anyone pursuing a health-related degree. They are actively recruiting members, mentors and guest speakers.

“Slowly and steadily the population of health majors in CONHI is growing so we just want the organization to kind of grow to meet the demands,” said Tomlinson.

For more information on CHI including meeting dates and times check out their Facebook Page or website.