Departmental Awards

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Francis R. Aumann Award for Distinguished Senior Achievement

The Francis R. Aumann Award is presented to the best all-around senior students in political science. This award was established by alumni, friends, and associates of Dr. Aumann, professor emeritus, as a way of rewarding scholastic excellence and promoting the academic goals of the department. The winners receive $500. 

2019 Award Recipients:

Alexandra Kuenzli

Alan Grinberg

Ryan Moore

 

Francis R. Aumann Award for Distinguished Junior Achievement

The Francis R. Aumann Award for Distinguished Junior Achievement is presented to the best all-around third-year students in political science. The winners receive $500. 

2019 Award Recipients: 

Abi McGowan

Mac Patrick

Sam Lundry

 

Lawrence J.R. Herson Award for Academic Excellence

The Herson Award recognizes those seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence and are graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The award is named in honor of one of our most distinguished emeritus faculty, Lawrence J.R. Herson, a long-time member of the department who served as Department Chair and went on to become Dean of the College. 

2019 Award Recipient: 

Alexandra Kuenzli

 

William Jennings Bryan Prize for Best Paper in American Politics and Political Theory

This award was established by Mr. Bryan in 1898 and is given for the best papers written for a course in the field of American Politics and Political Theory. The winners receive $250.

2019 Recipient:

Emma Walker, “Gamble v. United States, Predictive Analysis”

Joseph Glandorf, “Philosophy and the Public Sphere: Plato, Aristotle and Augustine on the Path to Justice”

 

Jacobina Aman Award for Best Paper in Comparative Politics and International Relations

This award was established in 1959 with a bequest from Katherine A. Siebert in memory of her mother, Jacobina Aman, and is given for the best paper written for a course in the field of International Relations or Comparative Politics. The winners receive $250. 

2019 Recipients:

Maya Majikas, “Comparing Abortion Laws in Chile & Uruguay”

John Coming¸ “Ending Antagonism: A Case for the U.S. to Join the International Criminal Court”

 

Henry R. Spencer Award for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science

2019 Recipient: 

Ted Van Green