Student Activities

Student Clubs

The Political Science Department encourages its students to become involved both in their own educations and in the broader polity. The Political Science Club is one way in which students can take responsibility for themselves as students and citizens. Political Science faculty members serve as advisors to the club, but the department neither establishes nor passes upon the club's policies, public statements, publications, activities or agenda. Students interested in the Club can contact Dr. Bill Wilkerson, the club's faculty advisor, for more information.

Other clubs include:

PreLaw Society

College Democrats 

Young Americans for Liberty 

SHIFT (Setting Humanitarian Initiatives for Tomorrow)

Phi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society


Student Recognition

Departmental Service Award

2018 recipient: Matthew Perticone

The Dr. Hoyt M. Jackson Memorial Award

2018 recipient: Emma Cohen

This award is bestowed annually on a Political Science major who exemplifies superior academic achievement. The award honors the memory of the Dr. Hoyt M. Jackson, Professor of Political Science, an uncommonly gifted and committed educator who was deeply concerned for his students' welfare. Dr. Jackson, "founded" the Political Science Department as the first member of the college faculty to hold a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Political Science and as the first Chair of the Political Science Department.

1991 John W. O'Rourke
1992 Daren J. Rylewicz
1993 Traci A. Crumb
1994 Robert M. Applebaum
1995 Tracey R. Perlman
1996 Jacqueline M. Gombach
1999 Katharine C. Hattem
2000 Brian M. Showens
2001 Elizabeth Verry
2002 Nicole Salengo
2003 Lisa Witkowski
2004 Whitney Kaufman
2005 Danny Gilchrist
2006 Jerome Slote
2007 Esther Spindler
2008 Kathryn Burkhardt
2009 Alexander Waite
2010 Jessica Lamendola
2012 Stephen Pizzuto
2016 Katelyn O'Leary
2017 Kayla Belush

Arnold S. Harris Memorial Academic Achievement Award

2018 recipient: Brendan Cahill

This award is given annually in memory of Arnold S. Harris, an alumnus of the Political Science Department (1969) who manifested both an exemplary, unselfish commitment to public service and uncommon loyalty to his alma mater. The award is bestowed annually on a Political Science major who has not only attained an outstanding academic record but who also shows uncommon promise for a public service career.

1990 Richard P. Barberio
1991 John L. Smith
1992 John W. O'Rourke
1993 Daren J. Rylewicz
1994 Jeffrey T. Squier
1995 James G. Scotland
1996 Tracey R. Perlman
1997 Amy Batson
1998 Peter J. Graves
1999 Aaron K. Smith
2000 Adam C. Lease
2001 Elizabeth M. Verry
2002 Andrew Converse
2003 Bruce C. Rogers
2004 Robert A. Nydam
2005 Tyler J. Obenauf
2006 Matthew Granato
2006 Charles Pizzolo (Fall)
2006 Christopher Rooney (Fall)
2008 Kathryn A. Burkhardt
2009 Stephen Valentin
2010 Edward Hyde Clarke
2012 Joanna Gallo
2016 Emily Badalamente
2017 Kevin Risch

Academic Achievement Provost Award

2018 recipient: Kayla Belush & Emma Cohen

Each year, the Political Science Department selects one student to be recognized at the college president's Annual Academic Achievement Award Dinner. The recipient of this award is a student who has attained a superior grade-point average, both overall and in Political Science.

1990 Richard P. Barberio
1991 John L. Smith
1992 John W. O'Rourke
1993 Daren J. Rylewicz
1994 Jeffrey T. Squier
1995 James G. Scotland
1996 Tracey R. Perlman
1997 Amy Batson
1998 Peter J. Graves
1999 Aaron K. Smith
2000 Adam C. Lease
2001 Elizabeth M. Verry
2002 Andrew Converse
2003 Bruce C. Rogers
2004 Robert A. Nydam
2005 Tyler J. Obenauf
2006 Matthew Granato
2006 Charles Pizzolo (Fall)
2006 Christopher Rooney (Fall)
2008 Kathryn A. Burkhardt
2009 Stephen Valentin
2010 Edward Hyde Clarke
2012 Joanna Gallo
2016 Ryan Hendrickson
2017 Gloriana Mejias & Eli Cooperman

David W. Brenner Scholarship

2018 recipient: Kayla Johnson

2016 Matthew Hitchen
2017 Emma Cohen

Outstanding Student in International Studies

2018 Recipient: Cassandra Alexandre

Eric J. Mathiasen Scholarship

2018 recipient: Marisa Bevilacqua & Taane Pegg