Queen of the Hill

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April 25, 2012
Social work major [b]Diana DeMont[/b] spent a few days in Washington, D.C., participating in the prestigious Posters on the Hill event. She saw the sights, shared her research, and even got to do a little impromptu lobbying, of a sort.[br][br]Ms. DeMont met with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and was able to give him a folder explaining her project, "Overcoming Educational Disadvantage: Shelter Initiatives for Homeless Children," and an article she wrote that will appear in the upcoming [i]Undergraduate Review[/i].[br][br]"It was brief, but he did seem generally interested in what I was doing," she said in a phone interview from the capital. "It was cool meeting him."[br][br]The West Springfield resident's project addresses the challenges facing children living in the state's homeless shelters, focusing on educational services that are provided, such as tutoring, mentoring and after-school programs.[br][br]Widely considered the most prestigious showcase of undergraduate research in the country, Posters on the Hill is highly competitive. Of roughly 850 applicants this year, only 75 students were chosen by the Council for Undergraduate Research to exhibit their work in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.[br][br]Participants often get to meet with lawmakers from their home state.[br][br]Meeting Sen. Brown was just one highlight of an eventful trip to the nation's capital, Ms. DeMont said.[br][br]"So far, it's been awesome and very inspiring. I've really been thrilled to be part of this experience," she said. [br][br]Traveling with Ms. DeMont is [b]Dr. Jenny Shanahan[/b], director of Undergraduate Research. (Story by John Winters, G '11, University Advancement, submitted photo)[br]
Diana DeMont with Sen. Scott Brown