Directions for Preparing an Abstract

Students must carefully follow these directions when submitting their abstracts to their faculty advisers. Abstracts that do not follow these guidelines will not be accepted for presentation at the symposium. Abstracts will not be altered in any way; any errors that appear in the submitted abstract will appear in the abstract booklet! Once abstracts are approved by the faculty adviser, students will submit the Abstract Submission form found to the right of this page. 

    • All parts of the abstract should be neatly formatted, single-spaced, on a single page.
    • The top, left, and right page margins should be one inch each; the bottom margin should be 5.5 inches.
    • The title should be centered and typed in bold, using all capital letters.
    • On the next line, below the title, the student's name and department should be typed (also centered and in bold) in upper and lower case letters with the student's email address in parentheses.
    • The name and department of the faculty sponsor should then follow, in bold type, on a third line, directly below the student's name.
    • Times New Roman 12-point font in Microsoft Word must be used.
    • Abstracts should be one paragraph in length, no longer than 200 words.
    • Students must submit an electronic copy as an e-mail attachment of the abstract to the departmental or program representative.

The deadline for abstract submission to the appropriate departmental representative is February 22, 2019.



Rebecca Julianne Lewis, Department of Political Science

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. David Winder, Department of Political Science

This paper examines the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. The Family and Medical Leave Act is a significant piece of legislation passed shortly after Clinton’s election in 1992. This paper traces the history of the legislation. In addition, the analysis addresses voting behavior in the House and Senate on the bill. The analysis looks at voting behavior in four ways: party, region, Northern and Southern Democrats, and finally, perceived ideology based on ADA scores. The statistics in the analysis show a propensity for Congressmen to vote based on recognized ideology. In addition, party plays a significant role in voting behavior. Region appears to be less significant.