Boilermakers Bound for D.C.

Purdue’s College of Liberals Arts develops students to think critically and creatively to improve society.  Real-life, hands-on experiences provide rich context for fueling the fire to lead boldly in a dynamic world.  The 2017 Presidential Inauguration Research Trip will provide students with an amazing opportunity to study democracy in action.

Inauguration Research Group

Our team of 16 students from the Department of Political Science, the Brian Lamb School of Communication will embark on a four-day research project in Washington, D.C.  Political Science faculty Dr. Nadia Brown and Dr. Natasha Duncan (MA 2006, PhD 2010, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts) will lead the trip.  Students will use their research skills to survey citizens on their political participation and civic engagement.  Also, the students will experience the excitement surrounding D.C. during the inauguration as well as take a tour of C-SPAN.  After the trip, students will present their research findings at a public forum at Purdue. 

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