Elliott Undergrad Scholar to Present Research to Congress!

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee
April 22, 2015

"Go for it."

That's what senior and Elliott School Undergraduate Scholar, Michelle Shevin-Coetzee, says to students who are even a little interested in pursuing research.

"If you take a topic that you really want to explore more and feel that you can make a contribution to the field, then you can’t go wrong."

Michelle should know - this week she will be presenting her research, on the Department of Defense’s budgeting process, to members of Congress during the Council on Undergraduate Research's (CUR) annual Posters on the Hill conference. This prestigious honor, which has not  been won by a GW student in over a decade, is given to 60 undergraduate researchers across the nation, each one representing a state or territory.

Michelle got her start with research through the Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program, which allows International Affairs students to perform in-depth research under the guidance of a faculty member. After presenting her research at this year's GW Research Days in March, she is well-prepared for her presentation with CUR's Posters on the Hill.

Read more about Michelle's presentation in the GW Today story highlighting her achievements. You can also check out her Undergraduate Researcher Profile to read her abstract and learn more.


Michelle Shevin-Coetzee with her research poster  Michelle Shevin-Coetzee at Senator Ben Cardin's office