Cameron University Department of Social Sciences publishes second issue of CHiPS, an undergraduate research journal

The Cameron University Department of Social Sciences has released the second issue of CHiPS: The Cameron University Undergraduate Research Journal of History and Political Science. The volume features the research of three Cameron undergraduates and can be viewed online at

“The new issue of CHiPS features research projects by Rachael Becker, Curry Coleman and Sandi M. Colby,” says Whitman-Cobb. “Undergraduate research is a critical component of degree completion in many academic disciplines. We are pleased to share the results of three of our student research projects in CHiPS.”

Student submissions underwent a peer review process and were reviewed by both faculty and students before being accepted for publication in the journal. Support for the publication of CHiPS was provided by the Katherine D. Lacy Endowed Lectureship in History. CHiPS will be published twice a year.

Becker, a history major from Lawton with a minor in psychology, is the author of “Coarsest and Cheapest Trick,” which discusses the inclusion of Jim Crow laws into the supposedly progressive state constitution of Oklahoma.  She highlights the arguments and debates regarding Jim Crow in Oklahoma in the early 20th century.

Coleman’s research article is “History of Lynching in Oklahoma,” which looks at patterns of lynching in Oklahoma territory and later the state of Oklahoma.  He highlights the origins of lynching as a means of criminal justice in an area where law enforcement was often lacking and later turned into a means of racial discrimination. Coleman, Sterling, is a history major with a minor in political science.

A history major from Lawton with a minor in humanities, Colby’s “Sarah and Angelina Grimke” examines the lives of two southern sisters living in the antebellum South who came to believe in the evils of slavery. In analyzing the writing of the sisters, she argues that their Southern roots provided a valuable perspective to anti-slavery advocates in the North.

CHiPS features student research papers in the fields of criminal justice, history, political science, sociology and geography. Submissions for the next issue of CHiPS are due by January 15, 2018 and can be submitted at



December 5, 2017