Departmental scholarship and awards

Departmental graduate awards and scholarships:


Best Graduate Paper:

For the best paper written for a graduate course in the Department of Political Science, open to both masters and doctoral students in any area of Political Science.

Best Political Science MA Thesis:

For the best Master’s thesis defended in the Department of Political Science, open to any area of Political Science.

Best Political Science Doctoral Dissertation:

For the best Doctoral dissertation defended in the Department of Political Science, open to any area of Political Science.

Michael A. Jensen Memorial Master’s Scholarship:

The Michael Jensen Memorial Master’s Scholarship is for students in our MA program who exemplify Michael’s qualities of scholarship, social justice activism, and participation in political discourse.

This scholarship is for a registered full-time student completing an MA in the Department of Political Science. Students must have completed the first year of the program with a minimum GPA of 3.70 in their first year. Students must also submit a one-page summary of whose actions that reflect a commitment for social justice and equality, engagement within the community and/or participation in political activities. The value of the Scholarship is $1,500.

The Michael Jensen Memorial Master’s Scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Michael A. Jensen.

Past winners of graduate departmental scholarships and prizes

Graduate winners

Below you will find the winners of our Departmentally nominated graduate paper prizes and scholarships.

Established 2013–14.

  • 2017–18  Keith Hickerson
  • 2016–17  John Santos
  • 2015–16  Michael Walz
  • 2014–15  Anna Johnson
  • 2013–14  Sean Fleming

Established 2013–14.

  • 2016–17  Anna Elizabeth Johnson
  • 2013–14  Elsa Piersig

Established 2013–14.

  • 2017–18  Mark Stevens Harding
  • 2016–17  Mariana Hipólito Ramos Mota
  • 2015–16  Adam Cote
  • 2013–14  David Snow

Established 2016–17.

  • 2017–18 Erica Kunimoto
  • 2016–17 Bethany Matchullis