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2017 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following Department of Political Science award and scholarship recipients for the 2016-17 academic year!

Check out the photo gallery from the Awards Banquet.

The Engel Prize in Political Science:

Deanna Krokos (Rising Senior Recipient)
Riley Kane (Graduating Senior Recipient)

The Engel Prizes in Political Science were established in 1997 through the generosity of Alan and Sondra Engel. The nomination and selection of awardees is made by faculty teaching courses in the area of law and public affairs.  This is given for outstanding promise in the field of law and public affairs to one rising senior and one graduating senior, with a copy of Black’s Law Dictionary, as well as a monetary prize.  Alan Engel was a member of the Department of Political Science from 1960-1997 when he retired at the rank of Professor. He was very active in university faculty governance and served for many years as one of Miami’s premier pre-law advisors.


Howard White Award:
W. Dylan Bentley Ashlynn Galligher Kyle Mortimer Rachel Tracy
Amanda Bruno Cameron Garczyk Christine Ostrosky Olivia Vandervoort
Kyle Chance Riley Kane Lana Pochiro Kelsi White
David Colston  Sarah Knepp Ali Preissing Natalie Williams
Madeline Di Filippo  Tommy Lei In Hong Daniella Propati
Elizabeth Edgar Alexander Leonhardt Maggie Reilly
Paul Fredrick Drake Long Natalie Roberts
Addie Fries Chase Lovett Bradshaw Terrace


Howard White was chairman of the Department of Government at Miami University from 1927 to 1958. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Political Science Association from 1938-1941, and President of the Midwest Conference of Political Scientists from 1942-1946. He served as a delegate to the European Conference of Professors of International Law and Relations in 1926 and was a member of the Heidelberg International Workshop on the Social Studies in 1950. In 1959 he participated as a delegate to the Atlantic Council in London, and was also involved in the 5th NATO Parliamentarians Conference in Washington. Active in state and local government and author of many publications, Dr. White had a truly distinguished career as a political scientist.  This award recognizes seniors who have excelled in their scholarship and leadership.


David S. McLellan Award:
Jacob Bruggeman Megan Haase Haley Miller Alexander Smyth
Jennifer Fischer Salome Hekate William Ostertag Emily Tatum
Ellen Florek Aleah Holley Madeline O'Toole Madeline Zinkl
Annika Fowler Nichole Kanios Mira Patel  


Born in 1924, David S. McLellan possessed a sharp intellect and remarkable fortitude that produced a noted scholar of international relations and a widely admired teacher who touched the lives of countless of students.  Dr. McLellan's path-breaking research on operational codes of political leaders resulted in critically acclaimed biographies of Secretaries of State Dean Acheson and Cyrus Vance.  David McLellan retired from teaching at Miami in 1990.  This award is given to juniors whose overall academic record and work in the department of political science’s three majors has been outstanding.


Sara C. Glosik Scholarship

Madeline Zick

Sara Glosik was a native of Brecksville, Ohio, and was a junior at Miami University majoring in Political Science and Finance. She was involved in a number of campus activities, including the lecture board and the multicultural council. She was also an active member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She died an untimely death at the age of 20 in a car accident over Easter weekend of 2002, and her family, friends, and sorority sisters have endowed this scholarship in her memory.  This scholarship is based on academic merit and is awarded to one or more undergraduate students majoring in political science who are rising juniors or seniors.


Irma Karmol Memorial Scholarship:

Madeline Albert
Ellen Florek
Katherine Foley

This scholarship was established in honor of Irma Karmol, who represented the 44th District in the Ohio House of Representatives. Mrs. Karmol was killed in an automobile accident in 1979, while serving her third term in the state legislature. A former social worker and teacher, she was a ranking Republican on the House Finance and Appropriations Committee and the House Energy and Environment Committee.  Mrs. Karmol’s children are all Miami alumni: David ’75, Jeff ’76, Beth Ann ’80, and Jim ’83. This scholarship is based on merit and is awarded preferably to an upper-level female student majoring in political science.


Gary Best Memorial  Scholarship

Ayesh Perera

The Gary L. Best Memorial Award was established by the Department of Government in 1966 to confer high honor upon a student of distinguished scholarship and professional promise. This award pays tribute to the memory of a good friend and colleague, who served at Miami from 1961 until his death in 1964. This award honors the qualities of outstanding scholarship, excellence in teaching, and personal merit reflected in his undergraduate education at Bradley, in his doctoral studies at Northwestern, and in his career as a political scientist at Oregon, Stanford, and Miami. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a rising senior majoring in Political Science who demonstrates excellence and an interest and promise in teaching.


Atlee Pomerene Prize

Christopher Scheren

Atlee Pomerene was a graduate of Princeton and the Cincinnati Law School (1886). He became Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, and the General Assembly elected him to the U.S. Senate in 1911. He was largely responsible for framing the historic Webb-Pomerene Act (exempting exporters from the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts), and played a major role in punishing the offenders and rectifying the mischief involved in the Teapot Dome scandals. Later, he became Chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (1933) and chaired the Ohio Convention that ratified the repeal of the 18th Amendment. This prize is awarded to a student who is a rising senior who demonstrates high scholarship generally in collegiate courses, high scholarship in courses of government, and civic leadership evidenced by participation in community affairs, either on or off campus.


Augustus J. "Gus" Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Lauren Elliott


Ohio Public Leader Fellows:
Dylan Bentley Jacob Bruggeman Lexi Burney Kyle Chance
David Colston Libby Edgar Lauren Elliott Jeff Gord
Deanna Krokos Nathan Mandrell Lindsey McCready Natalie Roberts
Amanda Smith Dexter Wright Zachary Hazzard


The Ohio Public Leaders program provides students with a practical, co-curricular experience that enhances their understanding of the inner-workings of state and local government institutions. Students emerge prepared for success in the arena of public leadership while host organizations benefit from engaging with outstanding young talent. Watch what they had to say about their experiences. (video)


Pi Sigma Alpha Initiates:
Nicolas Aguilar Carolyn Dinehart Mitchell Lanzit Abigail Slagle
John Bertane Katherine Foley Savannah Light
Jill Stinson
Amanda Bruno Kelsey Forren Brian Mashny Jacob Werling
Alexis Burney Keelin Haynes William Ostertag  Madeline Zick
Kyle Chance Deanna Krokos Hannah Shepherd
Hayes Cronk Nicole Laking Kelsi Sievering  

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. It remains the only recognized college honor society in the discipline of political science.
Phi Beta Kappa:
Amanda Bruno Cameron Garczyk Maria O'Keeffe Rachel Tracy
Kyle Denman  Colin Greig Christine Ostrosky Olivia Vandervoort
Madeline DiFilippo Sarah Knepp Lana Pochiro  Kelsi White
Elizabeth Edgar Tommy Lei In Hong Ali Preissing Natalie Williams
Jacob Eishen Alexander Leonhardt Maggie Reilly
Paul Fredrick Chase Lovett  Bradshaw Terrace

Seasongood Good Government Foundation Fellowship

Alex Calabro (awardee)

Since 1975, the Seasongood Foundation has sponsored summer internships with the City of Cincinnati for both undergraduate and graduate students who have a keen interest in local government. This internship program embodies Seasongood's purposes to "establish internships in local government" and to "attract able young people to government". By working within City offices, the interns get a glimpse of the day to day operations of the city, and how they might fit in with the system in the future.


Departmental Honors:

Amanda Bruno
Madeline DiFilippo
Paul Fredrick
Tommy Lei In Hong
Christin Ostrosky
Ali Preissing
Kelsi White

Students with an overall grade point average of 3.5 and above, and a 3.7 GPA in the POL, DGP, or PA major, who are at the end of their third year or beginning of their fourth year, are invited to declare their intent to pursue Departmental Honors in Political Science to be completed during their fourth year. Students who may be finishing their degree in 3 years may also apply for their final year. Students must have at least 9 hours in political science coursework at a 300 level or above.


Dean's Scholar

Tommy Lei In Hong


Undergraduate Summer Scholar

Jacob Bruggeman


Fulbright Alternates:

Kirsten Fowler
Madeline Tatum


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Rachel Reeves


2017 Presidential Distinguished Service Award

Ifelou Claytor
Lana Pochiro
Maggie Reilly
Olivia Vandervoort
Kelsi White


JANUS Executive Committee

Kirsten Fowler
Colin Greig
Sara Rosomoff
Madeline Zick


International Studies Perspectives

Editorial Assistant - Amanda Bruno


Departmental Assistants

Lucy Eisgruber
Katy Nash
Daniella Propati
Kelsi Sievering
Robert Troller