Four students at Quinnipiac got the opportunity to develop cross-cultural research projects in areas that piqued their academic and professional interest for the 7th annual Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in April 2018. After their submissions underwent a lengthy review and selection process, students defended their work to an audience of faculty judges from a range of scientific disciplines.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Ryann Glushek ’20. Glushek’s goal is to earn a JD and MBA en route to a career as a legal consultant for multinational corporations. She is currently enrolled as a Quinnipiac law student.
Other research study presentations included “Antecedents of Political Terrorism: A Multinational Study” authored by Pavel Aragon ’18; “Cultural Influences on Contract Enforcement: A Multinational Study” authored by Ryann Glushek ’20; “A Multinational Study of Culture’s Impact on Gender Equality and Women’s Entrepreneurial Activity” authored by Cristiana Kamais ’19; and “Environmental and Cultural Values Impact on Country Happiness; A Multinational Study” authored by Megan Winagle ’18.
More recently in May 2020, four Quinnipiac students presented their research at the International Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society’s Virtual Student Scholars Symposium. One hundred students from around the world were selected to present research representing a range of “STEM” categories. Within the category of “Human Behavioral and Social Sciences,” Kaelin Murray ’22 presented a research project titled, “A Multinational Study of Culture and Economic Freedom’s Impact on Customer Orientation”; Christopher Hecht ’22 presented “Examining the Effects of Culture, Education and Corruption on Freedom of Expression: A Multinational Study”; Jaclyn Levesque ’21 presented “The Impact of Culture, Judicial Independence and GDP on Personal Freedom”; and William James ’22 presented “A Cross-Cultural Study of the Influences of National Culture, Political Culture, and Economic Growth on Innovation.” All of the students are international business majors.
Sigma Xi, the international honor society of science and engineering, is one of the world’s oldest and largest scientific organizations. In its 125-year history, more than 200 Nobel Prize winners have called themselves members. The Sigma Xi Student Research Conference enables students to cultivate a multinational perspective, significantly increase their research capabilities and enhance their public speaking skills, among other benefits.