The C. H. Richards Award for Excellence in Political Science is given to the graduating senior who is deemed by a departmental committee to have excelled in both the study of politics and in departmental, campus and community service.
In 2019 the C.H. Richards Award for Excellence in Politics and International Affairs was given to Riley Mistrot.
Riley looks forward to continuing on at the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project as she pursues full-time opportunities in intelligence analysis.
The Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors in Political Science is given to a graduating senior who has qualified for Honors and who is deemed by a departmental committee to have written the best senior seminar paper.
Chad Schouweiler is the 2019 recipient of the Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors in Political Science. His senior seminar paper was entitled “A Disproportionate but Advantageous Reform: How Automatic Voter Registration Impacts Minority Communities in Western United States. As of the end of May 2019, he started working with a campaign consultancy startup called Campaign Inbox. Future plans involve attending Law School.
Varun Reddy received the 2019 Carl Moses Excellence in Research Award for his senior seminar paper “A Politics of Pure Means: Anti-fascism, Incivility, and Protest in the Modern Era”. He will be working at a law firm in Dallas, Texas, specializing in copyright and trademark litigation with eventual plans to pursue a JD/PhD.
The Jack D. and Martha H. Fleer Scholarship Award is given annually to one or more graduating seniors. The scholarship recipients are selected by a departmental committee which gives special attention to meritorious performance in the major and provides a contribution towards student loan relief.
Kellie Shanaghan is the recipient of the Jack D. and Martha H. Fleer Scholarship Award. Kellie plans to pursue a career related to environmental politics and sustainability, eventually returning to graduate school.
Other Student Awards and Honors
Katherine Cassidy and Sasha Frye are among the six WFU students who earned a U.S. Student Fulbright Award for English Teaching Assistantships for 2019-2020. Katherine will be teaching in Vietnam and Sasha in Colombia.
The following majors and minors in the Department of Politics and International Affairs who are among the 2019 National Honor Society Phi Beta Kappa inductees:
- Lawrence Brett
- Lauren Elisabeth Burns
- Katherine I. Cassidy
- Sophie Marie Leruth
- Riley Teel Mistrot
- Matthew James Schlosser
- Rachael Ilana Schwam
- Gahee Park
Josh Nnaji will be attending the 2019 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) at Duke University. He is one of fifteen undergraduates who was selected in a national search. For more information please see https://www.apsanet.org/DIVERSITY/Ralph-Bunche-Summer-Institute/Current-RBSI-Scholars