2013 Graduate Student Conference

The 2013 Graduate Student Conference will take place on:

9:30am-5:00pm, Friday, April 12, 2013
In Trabant Multipurpose Room C
Reception from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Kildare's

2013 Keynote Speaker:

The Keynote Speaker this year will be
Ryan Schroeder, Associate Professor at the University of Louisville. His research interests include criminal offending throughout the life course, the relationship between drugs and crime, the impact of family structure and processes on adult offending, the processes by which religion and religiosity affect criminal desistance, and the effect of poor physical health on crime.

A flyer for the conference with additional details can be found here!

A copy of the conference program with the complete schedule can be found here!

Conference Schedule:

 9:30am-9:45am     Coffee
 9:45am-10:00am        Welcome address by Dr. Kirk Williams
10:00am-11:00am     Panel one
Discussant: Kevin Ralston

“The Value of Preparedness:  Organizational Culture and Preparedness in Delaware Nursing Homes” by Samantha Penta

“Resilience Research and Practice in Disaster Management: Lessons from Literature Review” by Chunjing Liu

“Geographical Information Systems (GIS) & Emergency Management” by Ben Wallace


Panel two

Discussant: Margaret Mahoney

“The Emergence of Veteran's Courts: A Case Study of Delaware's State-Wide Organization” by Michael Burtis

“State-Level Minority Threat, Conservatism, and Felon Disenfranchisement” by Tanya Whittle

“Victim Ambiguity: Bystander Intervention and Sexual Assault in the College Alcohol Scene” by Brandie Pugh

 12:15pm-2:00pm     Lunch
 2:00pm- 3:15pm  Panel three

Discussant: Katie Farina

“The Other End of the Needle: Tattoo Work, Cultural Traditions, and Stability”

by David Lane

“International Religious Activity, Immigration, and the Growth of Seventh-day Adventism in the United States” by Rachel Bacon

“Oil Spill Events: Prominent Frames and Policy Implications” by Alex Greer

“Risk, Decision-Making, and Anticipated Evacuation Behaviors: Impacts of Social Factors on Evacuation based on Hurricane Storm Severity” by Lee Zelewicz

 3:30pm-5:00pm     Brian Pitt Keynote Speaker,

Dr. Ryan Schroeder,

University of Louisville

 5:00pm-7:00pm      Reception at Kildare's 


Graduate Student Conference Committee:


Samantha Zulkowski

Ashley Farmer



Brandie Pugh



Tanya Whittle

Lee  Zelwicz


Invited Speaker Coordinator:

Thomas Mowen


Call for Papers Coordinators:

Matt Manierre

Samantha Penta