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

2016 recipient: Mary Bilecki

The Dr. Hoyt M. Jackson Memorial Award

2017 recipient: Kayla Belush

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
1998-1999 Katharine C. Hattem
1999-2000 Brian M. Showens
2000-2001 Elizabeth Verry
2001-2002 Nicole Salengo
2002-2003 Lisa Witkowski
2003-2004 Whitney Kaufman
2004-2005 Danny Gilchrist
2005-2006 Jerome Slote
2006-2007 Esther Spindler
2007-2008 Kathryn Burkhardt
2008-2009 Alexander Waite
2009-2010 Jessica Lamendola
2011-2012 Stephen Pizzuto

2016 Katelyn O'Leary

Arnold S. Harris Memorial Academic Achievement Award

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

Annual Academic Achievement Award

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.

2017 Gloriana Mejias 

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

David W. Brenner Scholarship

2016 Recipient: Matthew Hitchen

2017 Recipient: Emma Cohen

Outstanding Student in International Studies

2016 Recipient: Samuel Afriyie

Eric J. Mathiasen Scholarship

2016-18 Recipient: Sezlyn Petersen