On December 4, 2019 the Political Science Department and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) presented the Political Science Independent Research Showcase. Moderated by department faculty, the showcase highlighted students’ scholarly and creative achievements. The sessions featured paper and poster presentations, as well as panel discussions. Nearly 50 students presented work from independent research, senior thesis work, and internship experiences. Topics ranged from “Effects of Governance on the Protection of Biodiversity: A Case for Guatemala and Costa Rica” and “Nordic Forestry Comparison” to “Polling Place Closures Across the South: A Post-Shelby Phenomenon” and “Older Voters and Polarizing Media: Who Influences Who?”.