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2015 Awards, Honors, and Scholarhips

Congratulations Award Recipients

Undergraduate Advisory Board

  • Sean Bock
  • Zachary Lubelfeld
  • Wasay Rasool
  • Janie Reed
  • Jasmine Carrera Smith
  • Christine White
  • Sara Zaheer

The Undergraduate Advisory Board was formed in the Fall of 2011 to provide the department with better channels of information and communication between faculty and students. In addition, we hope the Board will help to revive the Political Science Club and set its own goals and agenda.

Undergraduate Teaching Interns

  • Melodi Ak
  • Branden Bonczek
  • Tyler Bonnet
  • Haley Clapp
  • Joshua Coker
  • Maria DeSanto
  • Idun Hauge
  • Bradi Heaberlin
  • Elizabeth Masten
  • Rachel Miller
  • Jessie Nejberger
  • Dhruit Patel
  • David Salzer
  • Joshua Shancer
  • Chris Sokolowski
  • Nancy Wu
  • Yvonne Zhao

These students participate in various areas of faculty-directed activities, such as directing simulations, grading, teaching discussion sections, and conducting research. Many of the interns work with Professor Dina Spechler in the fall and spring semesters in conjunction with her Y351 Model UN course.

Departmental Honors in Political Science

  • Brandyn Arnold
  • Kristen Cherry
  • Mara Gonzalez Souto
  • Kelsey Gorman
    Jinsoo Kim
  • Zachary Lubelfeld
  • Gabrielle Malina
  • Elizabeth Masten
    Renae Peden
  • Shelby Truitt
  • Christine White
  • Xiaoyu Zhao

The Honors Program in Political Science provides qualified students with the opportunity to undertake original research and writing under the direction of a faculty sponsor. It is intended for students who are excited about independent research, gaining extended research and in-depth writing skills, and committing to a topic or question that can sustain them for an extended period of time.

Ford P. Hall Scholarship

  • Sara Zaheer

The Ford P. Hall Scholarship was established in 1957 by Frances P. Hall in memory of her husband, former Chairman of the Department of Government and Dean of the Division of Adult Education at Indiana University. The intent of the Ford P. Hall Scholarship is to support outstanding students in the Department of Political Science.

Walter H.C. Laves Scholarship

    Christine White
  • Xiaoyu Zhao

Established in 1985 by Mrs. Ruth Laves in memory of Walter H.C. Laves, a long-time Indiana University faculty member whose life and career were deeply influenced by the conviction that a peaceful world order could be achieved through the development of cultural and economic links between nations, and through the creation of effective international institutions. This award is given to a student who is preparing for a constructive role in the future of international development.  

Louis E. Lambert Scholarship

  • Audrey Leonard

This award was established in 1990 by the estate of Mrs. Gale W. Lambert in honor of her late husband, Louis E. Lambert, who was a long time professor in the Department of Political Science. The recipients of this award must have completed at least 75 credit hours, 15 in Political Science, and maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Stephen R. Patton Scholarship

    Jerrod Dill
  • Shannon Lemajeur
  • Oliva Houston
  • Kamlyn Spivey

Steve and Linda Patton established the Stephen R. Patton Scholarship in 1999 to support undergraduates in the Department of Political Science who demonstrate a meritorious academic record. Stephen Patton received his BA in Political Science from Indiana University in 1975 and went on to earn his law degree in 1978 from Georgetown University. Stephen Patton is executive officer in the Law Firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago.

Wendell L. Willkie Scholarship

    Sean Bock
  • Ian McDaniel
  • Katelyn Mehling
  • Madeline Mitchell
  • Quishi Yin

This scholarship was established in 1948 to honor Wendell L. Willkie, an IU alumnus who received his BA in 1913 and became an outstanding public figure and presidential candidate. Legend has it that the award was started with left-over funds from his unsuccessful 1940 presidential campaign against Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Wendell L. Willkie Scholarship is intended to support scholarships for students enrolled in the Department of Political Science.

William Jennings Bryan Award

  • Suzie Caldwell "Interstate War and Domestic Repression After 9/11: The Case of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars"

The William Jennings Bryan Award was founded in 1888 by the Honorable William J. Bryan, to be given annually for the best essay on a subject relating to “The Principal Underlying our Form of Government.” Today, the prize is awarded to Political Science students with outstanding honors theses defended in the previous academic year.

Phi Beta Kappa

    Joshua Coker
  • Aldar Escamilla Mijes
  • Ronald Moore
  • Alexander Podczerwinski
  • Alejandra Salmeron Alfaro
  • Craig Siebe
  • Shelby Truitt
  • Christine White
  • Nancy Wu

Phi Beta Kappa was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary. Since then, Phi Beta Kappa has evolved to become the nation’s leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level.

Pi Sigma Alpha

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Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas in Austin to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

    Gabrielle Malina

Awarded to undergraduates who work on excellent or original academic work.  

Hutton Honor's College Honorarium

  • Brandyn Arnold


George H. & Ruth J. Asdell Scholarship

  • Anne Brackemyre
  • Katelyn Mehling

Established by the estate of Ruth Asdell and the George H. Asdell Credit Trust to be awarded to an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences who is academically qualified.

Dean & Joann Aulick Scholarship

  • Anne Brackemyre

Awarded to no more than two undergradutes per year in the Collge of Arts and Sciences.  

William G. Bray Memorial Scholarship

  • Anne Brackemyre
  • Katelyn Mehling
  • Anne Tinder

The William G. Bray Scholarship was established to honor Bray, an author, lawyer, and distinguished congressman from the 7th, later 6th Indiana District. The scholarship was established by his widow, Esther Bray, his son, Richard D. Bray, and numerous friends. The scholarship is awarded to a meritous full-time undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences who embodies the ideals and philosophy of William G. Bray.

Jane B. Butcher COAS Fund

  • Katelyn Mehling


Stephen F. Cohen & Katrina Vanden Heuvel Scholarship

  • Cody Vaughn


Dorotha Lee Williams Karsell Scholarship

    Cody Vaughn


David Matthew ver Hagen Memorial Scholarship

    Cody Vaughn


Truman Scholarship

  • Christine White

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury.