ASU grad student’s thesis inspired by Arizona Legislative Internship

April 27, 2017

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement. See more graduates here.

Jennifer Kahn is graduating from Arizona State University this May with a degree in political science as part of ASU’s 4+1 program, an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s major track. Before beginning her graduate studies, Kahn took part in the Arizona Legislative Internship Program. Download Full Image

The Arizona Legislative Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to work at the Arizona State Capitol on various projects that range from data analysis to specialized knowledge on interest groups in the area. The experience influenced Kahn’s established ideas of the political system.

“I have always wanted to go to law school, ever since I was younger, and this experience really helped me understand the other side of the law,” Kahn said.

“I did not know, prior to my internship, that there were research analysts in the Senate and House, much less analysts assigned to each committee, who need to know the bills inside and out, what interest groups are pushing for this bill to be passed, and what interest groups are pushing for this bill to fail,” Kahn said. “Even though I knew the basic process of how a bill becomes a law, there was a lot that goes into it that I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for my experience in the Senate.”

After completing this internship, Kahn went into the 4+1 accelerated graduate program offered by ASU, pursuing her master’s in political science. She was recently awarded the Warren E. Miller Research Paper Award from the School of Politics and Global Studies for her master’s thesis.

Her study consisted of two experiments with fictional advertisements that varied the gender of candidates and the “gender” of the advertisements themselves. The object of this study was to determine and understand how gender differences in the campaign may influence the way the public views male and female judicial candidates. 

When asked about her motivations behind this study, she said, “I was interested in this research because I enjoy reading research on the gender differences in legislative and executive campaigns, but realized there was very little research done on the judiciary, so I decided to combine my interest in law with my interest in gender differences and conduct this study.”

After graduating from the 4+1 program, Jennifer plans on attending ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, pursuing her childhood dream.

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Sparky, ASU crew roll out the fun to welcome new Sun Devils

April 27, 2017

Future Sun Devils team brings ASU bus, maroon-and-gold celebration to Phoenix area high schools for College Signing Day

A sea of maroon and gold is a normal sight at Arizona State University — on Thursday, that sea spread to high school campuses across the Phoenix metro area as the ASU bus rolled out to welcome future Sun Devils to the ASU family.

“Being the only university in the Phoenix metropolitan area, we want to be embedded in our community and we want to celebrate all these young people starting their future at ASU,” said Brad Baertsch, director of freshman recruitment and admission.

Baertsch was one of the many ASU staff members and faculty along for the ride, congratulating students on their new adventure. For a second year in a row, ASU celebrated College Signing Day by visiting Valley high schools. The Future Sun Devil team will stop at six high schools over the course of Thursday and Friday. Combined, approximately 600 students from these high schools have been admitted to ASU.

Other students can see their friends celebrating going to college and see it as a possible path for them after high school, Baertsch added.

Student support specialist Rebecca Folk from Barrett, The Honors College at the Polytechnic campus said that being part of the event was really meaningful.

“This is the end of their high school career, but it’s also a starting point for the rest of their lives. It really means a lot for me to actually put faces to the names and welcome them to the next chapter,” she said.

The university will continue to celebrate Future Sun Devil Day through May 1. Admitted students can go online, sign the pledge and show their Future Sun Devil pride on social media.

ASU Now was along for the ride as Sparky and the team surprised high school seniors getting ready to become college freshmen.

Top photo: Graduating seniors pose for a photo with Sparky during College Signing Day at ASU Prep in Phoenix on Thursday. These future Sun Devils have committed to attending Arizona State University in the fall of 2017. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

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