The Social Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research announces the 2021 recipient of its Undergraduate Conference Presentation Award. The recipient is an undergraduate student presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting, who receives an award of up to $200. The 2021 awardee is the following:

Jakee Smith (University of Arkansas at Monticello; mentor: Carol Strong)
Southern Political Science Association Conference

Smith’s study reviews the various methods of judicial selection among US states and offers a preliminary measure of the effects of contemporary politics and partisan polarization on state judiciary public trust. Its purpose is to discover why states utilize their judicial selection choice, as well as the effect of politicization in the judicial branch in regard to public trust.