Undergraduates present in Chicago after accepting assistant positions last summer

Two Seton Hall students attended the National Science Foundation in Chicago because of a research grant given to professor Martin S. Edwards, Ph.D., a professor of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

Junior Cassie Denbow and se­nior Yasmin Elkarrimy worked as research assistants for Edwards over the summer, where they stud­ied and built a model of transpar­ent countries.

“Basically, we looked at public information notices, PIN [Pub­lic Information Notices], and re­searched countries that filed for loans through the IMF [Interna­tional Monetary Fund],” Elkar­rimy said. “The whole purpose of the study was to understand if filing a PIN made a difference, which we discovered it did.”

Elkarrimy and Denbow were selected as research assistants through a job listing on the Seton Hall website. They were chosen by Edwards based on their inter­views and qualifications.

“It’s been a real honor to be able to hire exceptional under­graduates, put them to work on a federally-funded grant proj­ect and watch them present our findings,” Edwards said.

According to Edwards, the stu­dents presented their research at 16th Annual Petersheim Academic Exposition on Wednesday as well as to the Whitehead School Board of Overseers on Friday.

“A sidelight of the trip for me was to talk with prospective SHU students, and you’d be amazed how they react when they realized that undergrads are presenting on panels with second year grad stu­dents, assistant professors, and tenured faculty,” Edwards said.

Elkarrimy said the trip was an incredible experience.

“I gained a lot from it,” Elkar­rimy said. “I’m really happy Ed­wards chose me to do it.”

Elkarrimy said that she and Den­bow learned a lot about the Article 4 Consultations through research. According to their findings, they found that countries that submit­ted a PIN earlier actually benefit­ted more.

Countries like Turkey and Bra­zil, both of which have flourishing economies, came up on a positive note through the research. Part of the presentation was to present the nine model figure the students came up with.

“We found that countries who submitted a PIN would have a lower spread on their interest rate,” Elkarrimy said. “Countries who go to IMF have to go into ar­ticle 4 consultations, which means they have to build a staff report for submission.”

“Whitehead students can com­pete with anyone,” Edwards said. “It’s nice to be able to demonstrate that.”

Edwards said that the recent travels have been important to him, but also important to the field of study.

“Overall, these trips have been a real career highlight,” he said. “Undergraduate research happens a lot in the natural sciences, but less so in the social sciences.”

Rawan Eewshah can be reached at rawan.eewshah@student.shu. edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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