Academic Updates

May 2020

  • Expected graduation with a Masters Degree in Political Science from Indiana University as part of the PhD sequence (postponed due to COVID-19).
  • Attending the Chicago Area Behavior Workshop at Northwestern University (cancelled due to COVID-19).

April 2020

  • Successfully completed the Second Year Progress review meeting via Zoom (due to COVID-19) stating progress made on the PhD track as per the Department requirements.
  • Attending, presenting and aiding as a discussant at MPSA in Chicago, Illinois (cancelled due to COVID-19).
  • Aiding in the “Getting You Into IU” (GU2IU) events with the Graduate School for prospective Graduate Students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds (cancelled due to COVID-19).

March 2020

  • Attending and presenting at the National Conference for Black Political Scientists in Atlanta, Georgia (participation cancelled due to COVID-19).
  • Accepted for a competitive course scholarship for SINSA 2020 being held in Boston, MA during summer 2020 (SINSA 2020 was cancelled for summer 2020 due to COVID-19).

January 2020

  • Proposal was accepted to present research at the National Conference for Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) in March 2020.
  • Associate Instructor for the Media and Politics (Y321) for Spring 2020 under Dr. Vanessa Cruz Nichols.
  • On the committee for the CRRES Speakers Series at Indiana University.
  • Invited for a Political Behavior “Lightning Talk” Presentation at MPSA 2020.
  • Invited and Accepted for a Junior Scholar Symposium (JSS) at MPSA 2020.
  • Confirmed as a Discussant for a panel at MPSA 2020.

December 2019

  • Successfully completed coursework for three courses: American Politics, Qualitative Methods in Political Science, and Race in Politics (African American and African Diaspora Studies).
  • Successfully completed being an Associate Instructor for the Introduction to American Politics Undergraduate Course at Indiana University.

November 2019

  • Successfully hosted an “Open Poetry Night” featuring Dr. Ross Gay at BloomingTea Tea House. Overall, about 50 people attended and about 10 people were able to share their poems and cultural expressions.
  • Was asked by a national nonprofit media organization to provide a column on my current research (tentatively out in January 2020).
  • Proposal was accepted to present research at MPSA Conference in April 2020.
  • Received a competitive grant from the University Graduate School to attend a conference in 2020.

October 2019

  • Aided with the 3-day “Getting into Indiana University” Program (GU2IU) – a campus recruitment program for prospective underrepresented and minority students interested in pursuing a PhD or MFA degree at Indiana University under Dr. Bianca D. Evans-Donaldson
  • Helped coordinate an event with a featured speaker on campus through CRRESDr. Steven Thrasher from Northwestern University.
  • Currently planning an “Open Poetry Night” for Graduate Students from diverse backgrounds to express poetry, short stories, etc. at a local tea place with the help of featured poet Dr. Ross Gay

September 2019

  • Collected and sorted original data for a collaboration on a project with Dr. Carolyn Calloway-Thomas of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University.
  • Currently organizing events and reviews as an appointed Graduate Emissary to help aid current graduate students to navigate life at Indiana University.
  • Currently an Associate Instructor for Introduction to American Politics (Y103) under Kevin Taber at Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Attended a one-day workshop, “Supercharge Your Dissertation” at Indiana University, to learn about the dissertation process and the process of publishing and completing a PhD at Indiana University.
  • Aided visiting scholar, Dr. Alyssa Mt. Pleasant from the University at Buffalo, at Indiana University as part an affiliate for the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society.
  • Helped train other graduate students in a workshop at Indiana University on “How to use Zotero Citation Programing”.

August 2019

  • Helped to organize the 2nd Annual Graduate Diversity Networking Dinner at Indiana University, Bloomington. This event aids in providing an opportunity for current students from diverse backgrounds from all fields and disciplines to network with other scholars and faculty members.
  • Completed the following courses and lectures at the ICPSR Summer Program: Introduction to the LaTex Processing System; Introduction to the R Statistical Computing Environment; Introductory/Review Lectures on Matrix Algebra; Race, Ethnicity, and Quantitative Methodology II (received an A); Statistics and Data Analysis II: The Basics of Regression.
  • Presented original findings on “The Use of Rhetoric in Political Arenas” at ICPSR Summer Program.
Final Presentation for Race, Ethnicity, and Quantitative Methodology II at ICPSR Summer Program
ICPSR Summer Program: Second Session
“The experiences I have had this summer at ICPSR I will reflect on for the rest of my life. I have enjoyed it here beyond what I would have imagined and hope to come back next summer!”
Meaghan Rysdale, 2019 Diversity Scholar

July 2019

  • Completed the following courses and lectures at the ICPSR Summer Program: Introduction to LaTex Text Processing System; Introduction to the R Statistical Computing Environment; Mathematics for Social Scientists I; Race, Ethnicity, and Quantitative Methodology I (received an A); Statistics and Data Analysis I: Introduction (received an A).
  • Networked with current faculty members in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
ICPSR Summer Program: First Session – Race, Ethnicity, and Quantitative Methodology I Class
ICPSR Summer Program: First Session

June 2019

  • Currently attending the University of Michigan Ann Arbor for the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods on a Diversity Scholarship awarded by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost through a grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Recipient for a Summer Fellowship from the Center on American Politics (CAP) at Indiana University awarded by Professor Edward G. Carmines

May 2019

  • †Recipient for the Christopher B. Siegrist Graduate Fellowship Scholarship
  • Attended the Chicago Area Behavior Workshop at Northwestern University and had the opportunity to talk with renown political scientists and their ground-breaking political research
  • Acknowledged at the Indiana University Graduate School Annual Awards Reception for being a recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Fellowship for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

April 2019

March 2019

  • Selected as a Student Affiliate for the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) at Indiana University