LeMieux Fellows Set to Research Drones, Religious Liberty

Undergraduate students Jeremiah Clarke and Cassie Stanton have been selected to receive research fellowships from The LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Through The LeMieux Center Fellows Program, these two honors students will pursue an independent study of current or emerging public policy issues concerning individual freedoms, values, rights, religious liberties and institutions in the United States.

In attendance for the LeMieux Fellows announcement are (from left) Dr. James Todd, student Jeremiah Clarke, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, student Cassie Stanton and Dr. Linda Raeder. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, Christ-centered college in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Attending the 2015 LeMieux Fellows announcement are (from left) Dr. James Todd, student Jeremiah Clarke, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, student Cassie Stanton and Dr. Linda Raeder.     

“I am very excited to work with Cassie and Jeremiah,” former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux said. “They have chosen great topics and I know they will bring their immense talents and passion for learning to their research.” 

Clarke, a junior pre-law major from the Bahamas, will study the U.S. policy of using drones in the War on Terror. Dr. James Todd, assistant professor of politics, will support Clarke in his research.

A student in the University’s Frederick M. Supper Honors Program, he works on campus for the Center for Writing Excellence and previously worked for the Forsythe’s Communication Center in Nassau, Bahamas. He volunteered last year for the Office of the State Attorney in West Palm Beach. He published a collection of poetry last year titled Something Inside So Strong.

The effect on religious liberty in light of recent court decisions and whether they pose a threat to rights outlined in the First Amendment to the Constitution is the topic selected by Cassie Stanton, a native of Saint Charles, Illinois. A junior, Stanton will be assisted in her research by Dr. Linda Raeder, associate professor of political science.

A political science major, Stanton is a student in the University’s Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. At PBA, she serves as the Campus Engagement Coordinator, Student Government and as College Republican Chairwoman. 

The fellows receive a stipend to cover the cost of an independent study course as well as expenses, such as travel, incurred during the course up to $2,500 as well as ongoing guidance for their research project from former U.S. Senator George LeMieux. The application process included submission of a research proposal, résumé and a letter of support for the research from a faculty mentor. Selection of the fellows was based on the application and an interview.

Click here for video announcement of the 2015 LeMieux Fellows.