Karen LottCOLUMBUS, Miss. – Karen Lott, a senior political science major at Mississippi University for Women, received Best Undergraduate Paper honors at the Mississippi Political Science Association annual meeting held at Delta State University in Cleveland.

Lott’s paper was chosen out of 15 other undergraduate political science students from Delta State, Ole Miss, Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State, Belhaven, Millsaps College and Rust College. Also attending, were colleges and universities in other states and one foreign country.

Although the conference was held in November, the winners were announced last week.

Her paper was titled "Educational Equality vs. Economic Competitiveness: An Analysis of German Vocational Education" and was originally written for Dr. Brian Anderson’s Comparative Politics class last fall.

“My paper was, in short, about the role that Germany's vocational education system has played in ensuring economic competitiveness,” said Lott. She added,“The paper also questioned whether or not the education system that plays such a large role in the economy ensures educational equality.”

Dr. Brian Anderson, chair of the MUW Department of History, Political Science, & Geography said, “Karen Lott is the sort of student that strengthens the profile of any class she is in.” He added, “She is a careful reader and very accomplished researcher and writer. Most of all, the instructors in political science and history have been especially impressed by her genuine thirst for knowledge and her drive to convert that knowledge into improvement in our world.”

Lott said, “The truth is that I was very hesitant to present my work, and my professor, Dr. Anderson, really encouraged our whole class to present at the conference despite our reluctance.”

Lott will be graduating in May, after which she will enter service for Teach for America.