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Sacred Heart Undergraduate Presents Research on Capitol Hill

Business student selected to participate in highly competitive conference

Sacred Heart University undergraduate Trent Thompson was selected for participation in the 22nd annual Posters on the Hill conference, organized by the not-for-profit Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Thompson is one of 60 students whose project was accepted out of more than 400 submissions from all over the country. He presented on Capitol Hill April 17-18.

The highly competitive Posters on the Hill conference gives students the opportunity to showcase their research to Congressional members, meet with their representatives and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research.

Thompson is the first Sacred Heart University student to be invited to present at the conference. His research, “The Impact of a Nation’s Research and Development Expenditure on Scientific Literacy,” examines the correlation between a nation’s prioritization of research and development and the scientific literacy of its citizens.

“The models I developed and put forth in my paper were direct applications of the EC-491 Quantitative Methods curriculum, as taught by Sacred Heart University Assistant Professor Khawaja A. Mamun,” said Thompson. “Professor Mamun has acted as my mentor for this particular project and paper, helping me dig for data and relevant literature.”

Undergraduate students representing various academic disciplines presented their work at Posters on the Hill, and in an interview before his departure, Thompson said he was looking forward being in an academic research environment for the first time.

“The CUR chose a worthy student for conference participation. Thompson has a very inquisitive mind and is that rare student who asks questions that are far deeper than the norm,” said Mamun. “He is one of the best academic products to come out of the Jack Welch College of Business. This acceptance at Posters on the Hill is highly relevant to his course of study and post-graduate plans and is a great achievement for both Thompson and for SHU.”

For more information on the annual Posters on the Hill competition, visit And, for more information on the Business Economics Undergraduate Program at the Jack Welch College of Business at SHU, visit