Centers of Study

2019 NC Political Science Association Annual Meeting

Charlotte, N.C.– Friday, February 22, 2019, Johnson C. Smith University will host the 2019 North Carolina Political Science Association’s 48th Annual Meeting, from 8am-6pm in its New Science Center building. The university serves as a venue as a result of the NCPSA’s recently installed President, and conference chair, Dr. Terza Lima-Neves who will be the first woman of color to serve as President in the organization’s history.

The theme for this year’s event is Reimagining the Discipline: Creating Student-Centered Spaces in the Study and Practice of Political Science. The annual meeting offers an opportunity for NCPSA members to present new and ongoing research while providing networking relationships among faculty, graduate students, undgergraduates from around the state. It will provide an interactive conference that encourages the empowerment of all young people of color in the field of political science. The conference will also equip students and the surrounding community with tools to be more active in the field of political science, apply their interests in and out of the classroom and gain knowledge that will inform their research interests in the field.

During the annual meeting’s “speed-mixer” networking session, Smith Institute’s Faculty & Student Research Manager, Tiffany Taylor will be in attendance to provide students with insights on pursuing graduate school and how their current research interests might connect to their post-graduate career interests. Registration includes a one year membership to NCPSA, and admission to the 2019 conference. Visit the NCPSA’s website for further details about the organization, and Register Here for the conference.


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JCSU Undergraduate Research Overview

Every student conducts research for their student investigative paper as a requirement for graduation. This JCSU requirement provides a basis to not only learn about your topic in preparation for graduate study and your professional career, but also provides a means to applying what you are learning in the classroom. The Smith Institute for Applied Research staff is here to help you along the way. (more…)

2018 Reflection

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Vote . . . Today! Like, Now!

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As part of the Student Research Workshop Wednesdays series, “Pitching Your Project”-Identifying the Value of Your Ideas is about selling your research ideas, which is such an important aspect of the research process.  What is the purpose of your project? Who serves to benefit from your ideas? Why should anyone care about this issue?  (more…)

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Here are some of the 3D Printers bringing students’ creation into reality during #MakerMondays at the James B. Duke Memorial Library October 22nd. (more…)

2018 CASE Summit

New tentative schedule now available! November 15-17, 2018 Johnson C. Smith University will host the Carolinas Alliance for Success in Education (CASE) Summit. This year’s theme is HBCUs as Engines for Economic Growth Communication. Collaboration. Competitiveness. Register Here!

Stay tuned for updates!


Workshop Recap

As part of Student Research Workshop Wednesdays, stop by Carnegie Hall  October 31, 2018 between 10am and 12 noon for a **Workshop Re-Cap.  This open session is dedicated to offering an alternative “walk-in” space for student to visit Smith Institute to catch up on previously missed workshop sessions, and ask specific questions relative to their research/class assignments.  Students who attend should come prepared with any material/questions to better inform Smith Institute staff of their needs. (more…)

Vote! 2018 General Election

Early voting (also known as “one-stop” or in-person absentee voting) is available October 17, 2018 to November 3, 2018 for the general election. One of the benefits of voting early is that you can vote at any of the 19 Mecklenburg county polling sites Monday-Friday 7am-7pm (variable hours each weekend). Return here regularly for updates! (more…)

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