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Political science students recognized for outstanding research papers

RELEASED: April 28, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Three students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have been recognized for work they presented at the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Student Conference April 10 at Edgewood College in Madison. The theme of this year's conference was "Nuclear Proliferation and other Continuing Threats to World Peace."

Seniors Lauren Novak, New Berlin, and Brian Stauber, Green Bay, and National Student Exchange student Guteriano Soares Neves, Honolulu, Hawaii, were awarded Leonard Gambrell World Politics awards. The awards are scholarships established by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to recognize superior papers presented at the WIPCS Student Conference.

Novak, who is pursuing majors in political science and psychology and a minor in economics, was honored for her paper "Sex Trafficking of Young Girls in Lima, Peru." She did field research in Lima last summer, where she interviewed girls who were sex-trafficking victims. Novak also worked with organizations that help such victims.

Stauber, a political science major with a world politics emphasis, was recognized for his research "Examining Today's Iran: An International Relations Theory Case Study of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee." His paper covers how the House Foreign Affairs Committee treated the summer 2009 Iranian election protests.

Soares Neves, originally from East Timor, was honored for his paper "United Nations Intervention and State-Building in Timor-Leste and Its Legacies." His research recognizes the importance of the United Nations and international community, while emphasizing the long-term challenges for peace and stability in Timor-Leste.

In addition to the UW-Eau Claire awards, Novak and Stauber also were honored with WIPCS Paper Recognition awards at the conference. Only four students participating in the conference received that award.

WIPCS is an organization of private and public colleges and universities in Wisconsin dedicated to enriching academic and public discourse on issues of peace and conflict.

Leonard Gambrell, a UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of political science, taught at the university from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. That same year he received the UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. The recognition carried with it a cash award, which he used to establish the Leonard Gambrell World Politics Fund. Winners are selected by a committee of UW-Eau Claire political science faculty. Gambrell now lives in New Mexico.

For more information on WIPCS or the Leonard Gambrell World Politics Fund, contact Dr. Rodd Freitag, associate professor and chair of the UW-Eau Claire political science department, at freitard@uwec.edu.

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