News From the Field: Student Research Grants

Tyler Boone, Political Science

LASP Travel Grant
El Salvador

I used my $1,000 LASP Travel Grant to do an election observation mission in El Salvador during their elections for President in 2014. I completed an election observation mission as well as had informal conversations with ordinary Salvadorans on the relationships they had with their political parties in terms of whether there was promises of material rewards in exchange for votes.  I will be using this experience to inform a dissertation prospectus that I hope to have accepted in the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

Oya Yegen (left) and Carlos Carmona Santander (right), a member of Chile’s Constitutional Court.

Oya Yegen (left) and Carlos Carmona Santander (right), a member of Chile’s Constitutional Court.

Oya Yegen, Political Science

LASP Graduate Student Award
Chile

LASP Graduate Student award has provided me the necessary financial support to complete my fieldwork in Chile. The funding provided me the opportunity to make several trips to Chilean Congress in Valparaiso where I conducted interviews with deputies and met with constitutional law and political science professors and members of the Chilean judiciary around Santiago. The interviews gave me insight on how the 2005 constitutional amendments took place and informed me about the prospect of further amendments and possibly a new constitution. Overall, the award helped me significantly with my dissertation fieldwork.