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Featured Student: Kali Marcino

Kali MarcinoKali Marcino, a senior political science major at Carroll University, was chosen to present her scholarly research at the International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention in Toronto, Canada. Her paper, "Delayed Justice: Examining The Role of NGOs in Guatemala's Recent Genocide Prosecutions," is on the prosecution of criminals for genocide and is the result of her Pioneer Scholars research in Summer 2013 with K.P. O'Reilly, assistant professor of political science and global studies.

Marcino approached O'Reilly in 2013 to see if he would be interested in helping her become a Pioneer Scholar.

Once accepted into the Pioneer Scholar program with their research project on the Guatemala genocide, Kali and her mentor conducted primary research. During the summer of 2013, the duo traveled to Guatemala to find out why it had taken 30 years to prosecute individuals for genocides across the country in the 1980s. Upon returning to Carroll, the tedious writing process began and will not stop until their research is published. "The editing process took the longest. I was editing up until we left for the conference," Kali said.

At ISA, she was placed on the "Accountability for Atrocity" panel for political science research with two other individuals. All of the research presented on this panel was based on justice issues and how they are heard. Marcino gave a 15-minute presentation to the audience, a chairperson and discussant. The chairperson read her paper and then facilitated discussion between her and audience. A discussant provided direct feedback on how to improve the paper before publication.

Outside of school Kali enjoys traveling. She has been to Mexico, a few islands in the Caribbean and Italy twice, both extended trips for around two weeks.

After graduation from Carroll, Kali plans on attending grad school to further her education. She was accepted into two graduate programs to pursue research in human rights. "I'm between two schools at this time. It is between the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey school which is their public policy school," Kali said. She is a 2010 graduate of Tartan Senior High School. Kali is the daughter of Joseph Marcino and Stacey Vogele of Cottage Grove, Minn.


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