WASHINGTON, Pa. (Dec. 19, 2011)—Three Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) students were among 35 graduate and undergraduate students nationwide invited to present their research on Capitol Hill at the recent triennial convention of Pi Gamma Mu, the international honorary society in social sciences.
Yongsheng Wang, Ph.D., director of financial economics and assistant professor of economics at W&J, said junior Alex Smith and seniors Caleb David and Jonathan McCloskey presented their research at the prestigious convention.
The following research was presented:
∙ David’s paper, “The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate: A Study of the Commerce Clause.”
∙ Smith’s paper, “China, the United States, and the Financial Crisis: An Examination of Both Countries’ Stimulus Plans Following the 2007 Recession.”
∙ McCloskey’s poster “American Needle, Inc., v. NFL et al. (2010): Antitrust Law Applied to Professional Sports.”
The W&J students and faculty, including Buba Misawa, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, were greeted by staff members from Sen. Robert Casey and Sen. Pat Toomey’s offices.
“I am very proud of these students. They made great presentations,” said Wang, who was elected to the Pi Gamma Mu board of trustees and chancellor of the Northeast region of the organization. “In fact, Caleb and Alex have been invited to submit their papers to the peer-reviewed journal of Pi Gamma Mu. Through their research, they not only showed expertise in their own areas of study, but also promoted interdisciplinary learning, one of the missions of Pi Gamma Mu.”
Wang said the experience of preparing for and presenting at such an event is invaluable. Founder of W&J’s Pennsylvania Alpha Omicron chapter of Pi Gamma Mu in 2008, Wang added it is the second time W&J students have been asked to present at the event.