Rory Mattson

Major: Political Science and Print Journalism
Topic: Explored the role of the Mississippi River and how it has changed over the last 100 years from serving as an artery for transporting goods to becoming an essential ecosystem
Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Steve Hoffman

  • Explored the role of the Mississippi River and how it has changed over the last 100 years from serving as an artery for transporting goods to becoming an essential ecosystem.
  • Poured over microfilm of newspapers from 100 years ago to see how the media influenced the public’s perception of the river.
  • Participated in a January Term (J-Term) trip to New Zealand in 2008 called “Sustainable New Energy: Policy, Politics, and Ecology.”
  • Says that his favorite part of the project was getting started. “There is so much information available; I read a lot to narrow down my topic. I remember a story from around the 1930s of an Italian Supreme Court re-hearing Socrates’ case. I would always come across fun stuff like that while looking for Mississippi River information.”

What's next for Rory?

Rory recently took the LSAT and plans on applying to Law School. He hopes to continue studying the Mississippi River and its history in some capacity.

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