2022 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following Department of Political Science award and scholarship recipients for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Engel Prize in Political Science:

Madison Reimueller (Junior)
Emma Barron (Senior)

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 junior and one 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:

Political Science
Emily Alvarez
Emma Barron
Jacob Bernis
Ella Chambers
Andrew Dirr
Waverly Dooley
Gianna Embry
Collin Finn
Cormac Frank-Collins
Samuel Grillo
Sophie Hess
Augustus Lake
Catherine Lammersen
Alli Lowe
Cameron Metz
Anna Moellenbeck
Madison Perry
Cara Snider
Valentina Wolf
Jett Young
Public Administration Diplomacy & Global Politics Public Health-Policy & Admin
Caroline Baxley
Lindsay Cook
Mason Roush
Katelyn Sausaman
Justin Grega
Abigail Heinz
Julia Baker
Jazz Bennett
Grace Connors
Ryan Hocking
Sara Hoop
Olivia Schenkenberger
Data Analytics
Nick Wasserstrom

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.


Cyril Kofie Daddieh Award:

Political Science
John Aleva
Micaela Anders
Sydney Bernard
Hannah Brown
Nav Chim
Julia Crandall
Sam Crivello
Hudson Curtin
Jake Feldman
Layla Fuller
Brett Grosel
Josh Hastings
Nicolas Hollander
Kennedy Hughes
Parker Jacobs
Joshua Kennedy
Emiliana Kisanga
Emma Knipp
Ethan Kopp
Autumn Marshall
Hanna McDermitt
Cathleen McLaughlin
Madison Reimueller
Caleb Ritzheimer
Adriana Rivera
Matthew Schuler
Emily Scott
Allison Sifri
Ethan Stack
Ellie Walker
Maggie Walker
Michael Whidden
Public Administration Diplomacy & Global Politics Public Health-Policy & Admin
Andrew Baker
Hila Eitam
Katy Fischer
Corrine Jeffries
Gretchen Allman
Michael Barr
Adam Groenke
Michael Murray
Grace Seifert
Raegan Hilbrant
Beth Lepsky
Lindsey Lunt
Data Analytics
Krissy McHugh
Gregory Williams

Cyril Kofie Daddieh was a professor at Miami University from 2006 until his death in 2017.  Daddieh joined Miami University in 2006 as director of black world studies and professor of political science. He served as director for five years. After that, he returned to research and teaching in the political science department where he taught international relations and black world studies courses for the next six years.  Daddieh was born in Jaway, Ghana, and each year, he spent his summer break conducting research in Ghana and the Côte d’Ivoire and writing about his findings.  For several presidential election cycles in Ghana, he participated as an election monitor through the Ghanaian Center for Democracy and Development. He wrote a myriad of articles on the political economy and electoral system in Ghana. 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

Callaway Chapman
Cameron Tiefenthaler

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.


Gary Best Memorial  Scholarship

Micaela Anders
Nicolas Hollander

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

No award presented this year

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

Layla Fuller

The Augustus J. "Gus" Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established by the Department of Political Science and the family of Dr. Jones to honor his memory upon his unexpected death in 2015. Dr. Jones taught courses and conducted research on American civil liberties, constitutional law, civil rights, and American politics and diversity. In addition, he served Miami’s students as a pre-law adviser for nearly 30 years. He was selected as Outstanding Educator by the Miami University Alumni Association in 1999 and was named Distinguished Educator by the College of Arts and Science in 2002. This scholarship will be awarded every spring for the next academic year and given to students of historically underrepresented populations, with preference to African American students.


Dr. Philip A. Russo Jr. Public Administration Scholarship

No award presented this year

For more than 40 years, Dr. Russo has dedicated his life to teaching students about public administration and public leadership and toward empowering local governments across the state of Ohio. The scholarship will help recruit incoming public administration students and shape our next generation of student leaders with a passion for impacting their local communities. *Awarded to incoming first year students.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

No award presented this year


Ohio Public Leader Fellows:

Caroline Baxley
Maille Drellishak
Corrine Jefferies
Sara Rainey

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:

Spencer Baker
Tommy Baker
Hannah Brown
Tess Cohen-Dumani
Cierra Cox
Hudson Curtin
Kailey Dean
Joseph Delaney
Berta DeLaRosa
Brett Grosel
Sophie Hess
Joyce Hughes
Ethan Kopp
Augustus Lake
Madison Perry
Adriana Riveria
Nicole Sann
Libby Smith
Tyler Straughan
Nicolas Hollander
Jeff Young
Caitlin Zawodny

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:

Emily Alvarez
Emma Barron
Jacob Bemis
Katie Blowers
Malena Dailey
Waverly Dooling
Alexander Dyer
Gianna Embry
Collin Finn
Alexandria Foltz
Cormac Frank-Collins
Blair Hassett
Brynn Hatton
Sophie Hess
Sydney Hoffman
Emma Knipp
Augusta Lake
Catherine Lammersen
Alli Lowe
Cameron Metz
Anna Moellenbeck
Addison Murtha
Annette Penland
Savannah Powell
Emily Scott
Cara Snider
Lauren Sturm
Valentina Wolf

Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education.


Seasongood Good Government Foundation Fellowship

No award presented this year

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:

Ryan Hocking
Edward Schneider
Alex Foltz

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.


Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize

No award presented this year


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Zoe Blake
Augustus Lake
Jacob Seient


Miami University Board of Trustees

Kaur Amitoj


2022 Presidential Distinguished Service Award

No recepients this year


Provost Student Academic Achievement Award

No recipients this year


Senior Service Leadership Scholars

The Senior Service Leadership Award honors Miami students who have demonstrated meritorious service in the areas of Campus Life, Community Service, Employee Service, and Intellectual & Cultural Leadership (descriptions below). Eligible students include December 2021 and January 2022 graduates, and those graduating in May or August 2022. Each senior nominated will receive the award and receive a ribbon-medallion to wear with their commencement robes. This award recognizes approximately 10% of the graduating class.


JANUS Executive Committee

Hannah Bloom
Justin Grega
Tyler Koss
Madeline Murchland

Moderators

Reena Murphy


Departmental Assistants

Callaway Chapman
Alex DiMarco
Hanna McDermott


Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs Interns

Caroline Baxley
Shelby Dolley
Katy Fischer
Jack Humenay
Corrine Jeffries

updated: 5/6/22