Political Networks Lab Group Researcher Erin Reed

Erin presented her research at the UROP Research Scholars Spring Forum on April 6, 2011. Erin researched the racial diversity within the anti-war movement, and overall war opinions of African Americans.

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2011 UROP Political Networks Lab Group

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 2011 student researchers of Professor Michael Heaney at the University of Michigan.

From left to right: Erin Reed, Alex Hartley, Michael Heaney, Monica Shattuck, Katrina Gumbinner, Michael Stern, Sahar Adora, Courtney Lantzer, and Rayza Goldsmith.

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Political Networks Lab Group Researcher Courtney Lantzer

Courtney Lantzer presented her research at the Research Scholars Spring Forum on April 6, 2011. Courtney studied how democratic presidential candidates were affected by war.

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Political Networks Lab Group Researcher Michael Stern

Michael Stern presented his research at the UROP Symposium on April 19, 2011. Michael researched the Congress support for and opposition to the anti-war resolutions during 2002-2010.


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Political Networks Lab Group Researcher Rayza Goldsmith

Rayza presented her research at the UROP symposium on April 19, 2011. She researched the partisan composition of the anti-war movement in the United States from 2007-2009.

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Political Networks Lab Group Researcher Sahar Adora

Sahar represented her research at the UROP Symposium on April 19, 2011. Sahar evaluated the Democratic shift during the anti-war movement.

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Political Networks Lab Group Researcher Katrina Gumbinner

Katrina Gumbinner presented her research at the UROP symposium on April 19, 2011. Katrina researchered foreign policy views in electoral debates.

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Political Networks Lab Group Member Alex Hartley

A political networks lab group researcher, Alex Hartley, presented his research at the UROP symposium on April 19, 2011. Alex researched Anti-War activists in the 2008 election.

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Political Networks Lab Group Researcher Monica Shattuck

Monica Shattuck, a political networks lab group student researcher, presented her year end project at the UROP symposium on April 19, 2011. Monica researched the anti-movement and hybrid activism.

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Honors Thesis— “Organizational Learning in Student Organizations: Discovering how to grow and develop” Presented at the University of Michigan OS/BLI Symposium

Lea Wender, a University of Michigan Organizational Studies honors student, presented her thesis on organizational learning in student organizations. The research focused on how students, who are involved with, or start, a new organization, learn to grow and develop a successful organization. Ms. Wender became interested in the discovering process of student organizations from her involvement on campus. She founded an organization on campus, called Students for educational equality, during her undergraduate experience. The student organization focuses on providing assistance to prospective college students, and giving tutoring help to high school students. The research project worked with an organizational learning and routines model that was developed by Ms. Wender. She observed various student organizations in Michigan to understand how organizations grew, or failed, and what students took away from the experience. The model highlighted to areas: programming, organizational leadership, and resources. Results showed that resources, leadership succession systems, and routines increase as the organization develops. Governance substructures, and responsibilities, will increase. But, surprisingly, organizational structure is relatively consistent. Ms. Wender believes this consistency represents how new organizations are developed with guidelines from already successful organizations.

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