Departmental Awards


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. 

2022 Award Recipient

Lily Conway

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. 

2022 Award Recipients

Katherine Cuscaden                Gwendolyn Moran

Paden Dvoor                            Elizabeth Roka

Halle Farber                             Sarah Szilagy

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 $500.

2022 Award Recipients

American Politics- Josie Sull- "Predicting the Justices' Choices"

American Politics Honorary Mention- Taylor Davis: "Gun Ownership and Domestic Violence"

Political Theory- Meredith Gehrlich- "The Practical Philosophizing of Frederick Douglass"

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 $500. 

2022 Award Recipients

Comparative Politics- Jason Wright- "Reforming US Healthcare: Insights from Three International Models."

International Relations- Jake Lord- "The Noble Lie of UFO Conspiracy Theorizing and its Implications for Anthropocentric Sovereignty."

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

2022 award Recipient

Shruti Nayak- "Deliberative Town Halls and Covid-19: Examining Deliberation in Non-Traditional Cases of Policymaking"