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Jolene Bechtel has a dual major in International Studies and French with concentrations in International Relations and Comparative Studies. Her topic was inspired by the use of technology, and lack thereof, during her travels around the globe, including Belgium and France. China was the final choice as it offered highly contrasting outcomes compared to the U.S. Jolene’s research was jumpstarted in collaboration with her senior seminar class in the Fall. During the course of this project, Jolene was introduced to Stata, a data analysis software, which she believes will benefit her in future research endeavors. She hopes to pursue a career in the international field in bettering local and global communities.

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