Thu, 23 May 2013
The Office of the Provost has released its list of award winners from this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium, and among them are a number of political science majors:
Best Poster Awards: Nicholas Dietrich
Honorable Mentions: Jeremiah Pickert, Megan Anderson
Excellence in Presentation Awards: David Rahimi
Congratulations to our outstanding undergraduate researchers!
Wed, 22 May 2013
Justin Del Rosario, a senior majoring in political science and Spanish, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Korean at Yonsei University for the 2013–2014 school year. The prestigious and competitive award helps students study nontraditional languages abroad in exchange for a pledge to work at least one year in a federal government agency connected to national security. The Illinois News Bureau's press release can be read in full on their website.
Thu, 02 May 2013
The department extends its congratulations to Matt Winters and Milan Svolik, who have been recognized by their students for excellence in education.
Matt Winters is this year's Graduate Mentor of the Year, as selected by the department's graduate students, who noted his availability, openness, and enthusiasm.
Milan Svolik is this year's winner of the Clarence Berdahl Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, as selected by the members of Pi Sigma Alpha, the department's honors society. Students enjoyed Milan's ability to connect his passion for research with the undergraduate teaching experience.
Tue, 23 Apr 2013
Cyprus, an island nation about half the size of Connecticut and home to 1.1 million people, is the latest member of the European Union getting a bailout and rattling nerves in its financial system. Banks in Cyprus were closed for two weeks at the end of March, and, for the first time, the terms of the bailout require taking money from individual bank accounts and restricting how much money can be withdrawn. Why was that necessary? What risks does it raise? Political scientist Kostas Kourtikakis, a native of Greece and lecturer at the University of Illinois, is an expert on the EU and its institutions, as well as on the politics of southern Europe. Kourtikakis (pronounced kor-tee-KAH-kihs) was interviewed by News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.
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