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Political science department honors top students

Monday, May 19, 2014

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Political Science Department honored its top students at their Recognition Ceremony, with awards and induction into Pi Sigma Alpha last month at the Adams Alumni Center.

Twenty-eight students were inducted into the Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Criteria for induction include a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale in all political science courses with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4 for undergraduates. For graduate students, the average must be at least 3.5. Neither may have a course grade lower than a B in any political science course.

These students were inducted:

  • Elizabeth Albani , senior from Parkville, Missouri
  • Mark Arce, senior from Overland Park
  • Nicolas Ball, junior from West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Immanuel Chioco, senior from Humboldt, Tennessee
  • Carolina Costa Candal, graduate student from Spain
  • Jordan Dollar, sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri
  • Chelsea Ellis, senior from Salina
  • Zhi Geng, senior from China
  • Nicole Gilmore, junior from Columbus
  • Derek Glasgow, graduate student from Winfield
  • Nicole Humphrey, sophomore from Lawrence
  • Tyler Jaspan, senior from Edgewater, Maryland
  • Sisi Li, senior from China
  • John Livingstone, graduate student from Pequannock, New Jersey
  • Joshua Luthi, senior from Overland Park
  • Patrick McCarthy, graduate student from Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Allison McKinnon, senior from Overland Park
  • Jerry Moon, graduate student from Kewanee, Illinois
  • Abigail Naudet, junior from Lake Ozark, Missouri
  • Anthony Ocepek, graduate student from Norton, Ohio
  • Brett Pollard, senior from Leawood
  • Michael Raven, senior from Hays
  • Joshua Schukman, graduate student from Great Bend
  • Emily Taylor, senior from Silver Lake
  • Stephen Tennant, graduate student from Leavenworth
  • Brian Turnbull, graduate student from Mayetta
  • Gina Wehby, senior from Wichita
  • Charles Williams, graduate student from George West, Texas
     

The Department of Political Science provides cash awards with no restrictions and scholarships that provide tuition assistance. The awards and scholarships presented were:

The Ethan P. Allen Pi Sigma Alpha Award to outstanding graduating seniors majoring in political science.  The recipients are:

  • Amanda Gress, senior from Silver Springs, Maryland
  • Ibrahim Berro, senior from Lawrence
  • Gina Wehby, senior from Wichita
  • Tyler Childress, senior from Coffeyville

The Emmett L. Bennett Scholarship to an outstanding junior majoring in political science. The recipient is:

  • Tsedenya Bizani, junior from Olathe
  • Ashley Hart, junior from Kansas City, Kansas
  • Shayne Thoman, junior from Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jordan Kane, junior from Overland Park
  • Hannah Sybert, junior from Joplin, Missouri
  • Rhavean King, junior from Memphis, Tennessee

The Eldon Fields Award to outstanding student majoring in political science. The recipients are:

  • Chelsea Ellis, senior from Salina
  • Matt Kasper, senior from Shawnee
  • Joey Hentzler, junior from Topeka

The Elizabeth and Carl Gustafson Scholarships, ranging from $300 to $500, to outstanding political science undergraduates. The recipients:

  • Alina Zheng, sophomore from Lawrence,
  • Nicole Humphrey, sophomore from Lawrence
  • Emily Crane, junior from Nixa, Maryland
  • Kaitlyn DeYoung, junior from Wichita
  • Jordan Dollar, sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri
  • Alex Chartrand, junior from Overland Park
  • Nicholas Czarnecki, senior from Overland Park
  • Garvey Burrows, Jr., junior from Silver Springs, Maryland
  • Ibrahim Berro, senior from Lawrence
  • Tyler Childress, senior from Coffeyville
  • Chelsea Ellis, senior from Salina
  • Matthew Kasper, senior from Shawnee
  • Gina Wehby, senior from Wichita
  • Joey Hentzler, junior from Topeka
  • KayeLee Rogers, senior from Lane

The Allan J. Cigler Academic Enrichment Award was presented in the amount of $1,500. This fund is made possible by former students of Professor Allan Cigler, who wished to recognize him for his continued academic service. The recipient:

  • Abigail Naudet, junior from Lake Ozark, Missouri

 

The Political Science Future Military Leaders Scholarship is awarded twice a year to political science majors participating in ROTC. This fund is possible by the generosity of Roberto Montoya. This year the winners are as follows:

  • Benjamin Allman, junior from Topeka (Fall 2013)
  • Madeline Wilcox, senior from Leavenworth (Spring 2014)
     

The Walter Thompson Scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, awarded to deserving political science students. The recipients:

  • Rhavean King, junior from Memphis, Tennessee
  • Brittany Mesa, junior from Garden City
  • Ryan Ott, sophomore from Benton
  • Lauren Fleming, junior from Lawrence
  • Alexander Samuelson, senior from Overland Park
  • Hsin-Yi (Sherri) Pan, senior from Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Shayne Thoman, junior from Kansas City, Kansas
  • Amanda Gress, senior from Overland Park
  • Luke Campbell, graduate student from Liberty, Missouri
  • Carolina Costa Candal, graduate student from Spain
  • Brittnee Carter, graduate student from South Haven, Michigan
  • Derek Glasgow, graduate student from Winfield
  • Saatvika Rai, graduate student from India
  • Josh Schukman, graduate student from Overland Park
  • Steven Sylvester, graduate student from Chico, California
  • Lidiya Zubytska, graduate student from Lawrence

 

The Joseph P. Harris Fellowship in Political Science is awarded to a graduate student nearing completion of their dissertation and is given to aid the student in completion of their work. This year the recipient is:

  • Steven Torrente from Hackensack, New Jersey

 

The Political Science Faculty Award is given to those students who have nearly completed or have completed an honors thesis with a faculty member. Those students are:

  • Jacklyn Baillergeon, senior from Lansing
  • Joshua Luthi, senior from Overland Park
  • Michael Raven, senior from Hays

All of the scholarship funds are managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.