Omer Turkomer – third-year political science and international affairs double major – recently presented his research on state electoral institutions and voter turnout at the President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence on September 22.
The President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence is the culmination of the IDEA Grant and Tech Fellows program, which gives selected students a summer stipend of up to $4,000 to fund an 8–12-week project under the mentorship of a supervising faculty member.
“I am immensely grateful to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE) for giving me the opportunity to present my summer research in front of an audience at the annual President’s Showcase,” he said. “This campus was not only a place where I could build my knowledge of political science, but also an institution where I could grow as an individual, discover my interests and passions, and be part of a diverse and established community.”
Turkomer is also heavily involved in the Student Government Association, where he currently serves as Deputy Director for the Office of Governmental Affairs and previously served as Chair of the Programming Allocations Committee within the Student Senate. He is also a member of both the Student Foundation Board of Trustees and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Student Leadership Council (COSS SLC).
“During my time at Florida State, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of numerous opportunities that have allowed me to engage with politics through several different angles,” Turkomer elaborated. “Whether it be through policy research, legislative analysis, lobbying, political science research, or acting as a legislator within the student senate, my involvement at FSU has given me the opportunity to explore my passion through different lenses.”
After graduation, Turkomer plans to attend law school where he hopes to study Constitutional Law. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!