Commencement

Political Science Awards and Recognition

The Department of Political Science at Miami University enjoys celebrating its top students by bestowing a variety of honors upon our majors. To distinguish between the awards, we divide them into “prizes,” “scholarships,” and “recognitions.” Prizes tend to be given “on the spot” to reward the winner of a contest or to reward someone for achieving a high level of past work. By contrast, scholarships are intended to support your tuition or research for  study. Recognitions are a way of honoring our students, but do not carry a monetary prize. Each individual prize, scholarship, and recognition was created by the generosity of a particular donor, sometimes in honor of a particular individual person. 

Each year in the spring semester, the Department hosts a ceremony to honor the many accomplishments of our majors. In addition to awarding these prizes, scholarships, and recognitions, we also honor students in our majors for their activities at a University level (e.g., Dean’s Scholars and Undergraduate Summer Scholars) or beyond (e.g., Truman Fellowship, Seasongood Fellowship, or Fulbright).

The 2016 Awards and Recognition Ceremony was held Tuesday, April 26...see the award recipients.

Please consider applying for the Glosik, Karmol, Best, and Pomerene Scholarships by writing a cover letter detailing why you think you should be chosen for the scholarship and how you fit the scholarship criteria. Please pay particular attention to the class (i.e., Junior or Senior) standing specified in the award. Identify two faculty members in the Political Science Department who we can speak to about your qualifications. Email your cover letter along with a current resume to Professor Chris Kelley (kelleycs@miamioh.edu) by 5PM on December 16th (late applications will not be accepted). You must be returning for the 2017-2018 school year to qualify. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in April 2017.

BA-MA students will be considered (and may apply) for all awards, recognitions, and scholarships. Scholarships are only applicable in the case where the students are returning for the following year. Particular attention will be given to the student's undergraduate record, progress, and how you fit the scholarship criteria.

Dr. Chris Kelley, Chair
Dr. Amanda Gillespie
Dr. Youn Ki
Undergraduate Awards Committee, 2016-17

Prizes

The Engel Prize in Political Science 

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.

Recognitions

Howard White Award

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

The Cyril Kofie Daddieh Award recognizes outstanding continuing students in the Department of Political Science who have compiled an impressive overall academic record and excelled in the Department of Political Science’s three majors. Dr. Daddieh joined Miami University in 2006 as Director of Black World Studies and Professor of Political Science. After serving five years in Black World Studies, he returned to research and teaching in the Department of Political Science where he taught international relations and black world studies courses. Born in Jaway, Ghana, Dr. Daddieh spent his summers conducting research in Ghana and the Côte d’Ivoire. For several presidential election cycles 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. In addition, he published several books on rural development and subsistence farming, including a 700-page tome titled Historical Dictionary of the Côte d’Ivoire, which was published in February 2016. Dr. Daddieh passed away in April 2017 at the age of 62.

Departmental Honors

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.  To declare their intent to pursue honors, students must identify a faculty sponsor, a topic, and fill out a form signed by the faculty sponsor. The forms can be found in the main office and must be completed by September 1st of a student’s fourth or final year in order to be eligible for the program.

To complete Departmental Honors, students must do the following:

1. Complete the POL, DGP, or PA major with at least a 3.7 major GPA;

2. Complete the following:

  • A thesis paper, under the guidance of a POL faculty member. This paper must be read by a second faculty in POL (to be chosen by the student with the assistance of his or her primary sponsor) and both faculty members must sign that the work of the thesis is honors quality.  This paper may be one that is a significant extension of an internship or fellowship experience, presented at a professional conference, completed as part of the Dean's Scholar or Undergraduate Summer Scholar program, or counted for the University Honors Program. Completion of the aforementioned programs does not guarantee departmental honors.
     
  • One 2-credit hour independent study (POL 477, Departmental Honors) with the faculty member who is your primary sponsor. Internship hours or hours in another department’s honors program may count towards these Independent Study hours, with permission of your primary advisor. 

 3. (Optional) Participate in the University Undergraduate Research forum in spring semester.

Scholarships

Gary Best Memorial Scholarship

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.

Sara C. Glosik Scholarship

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.

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

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.

Irma Karmol Memorial Scholarship  

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.

Atlee Pomerene Prize

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.