Student Awards


The Political Science Department offers two awards to each graduating class for outstanding academic achievement.

Political Science Department Academic Award

This Departmental Award is given each year to the graduating student with the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA).  The award is given during commencement weekend at a special awards luncheon for all Department winners and their parents.  The 2008 award winner went on to Dickinson/Penn State Law School becoming executive editor of the School’s law review; the 2009 winner worked for a U.S. Congresswoman and went on to pursue her MAT; the 2010 winner works in the government relations section of a major D.C. consulting firm; and the 2011 winner is attending Seton Hall’s School of Law on a full scholarship..

Joseph V. Brogan Senior Research Seminar Award

Inaugurated in 2011, the Joseph V. Brogan Award, named in honor of Dr. Joseph Brogan, ’72, who taught political theory in the Department from 1987 to 2009, is given each year to a graduating senior to honor excellence in undergraduate student research.  The award is given to the best paper produced in the POL 480/481 senior seminar classes.  The award winner is presented with a plaque after graduation and his/her name is engraved on a larger plaque maintained in the Department.  The initial award was given for a seminar paper on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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