2021 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following Department of Political Science award and scholarship recipients for the 2020-21 academic year.

 

The Engel Prize in Political Science:

Blair Hassett (Rising Senior)
Katelyn Hunt (Graduating 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 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:

Political Science
Annika Backlund
Katie Blowers
Oliver Borchers-Williams
Kevin Burakowski
Duncan Burke
Lyndsey Case
Owen Dean
Alex Dyer
Ally Gallagher
Blake Gardiner
Maddie Gordon
Blair Hassett
Brynn Hatton
Sydney Hoffman
Paige Johnson
Rachel Kramer
Savannah Powell
Santiago Puente Davila
Izzy Schwarze
Allison South
Matt Strasser
Megan Szwanek
Morgan Uveges
Tyler Wardwell
Lily Wilmot
Public Administration Diplomacy & Global Politics Public Health-Policy & Admin
Leora Bernard
Michael Seidensticker
Jessica Spitler
Leigh Ziegler
Katherine Coate
Hallie Filson
Nancy Pellegrino
Taylor Rathe
Jessica Enhelder
Emma Rauscher

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
Emily Alvarez
Abby Bammerlin
Ella Chambers
Maizy Crandall
Waverly Dooling
Gianna Embry
Collin Finn
Cormac Frank-Collins
Samuel Grillo
Sophie Hess
Alli Lowe
Brendan McNamara
Addison Murtha
Madison Perry
Edward Schneider
Cara Snider
Lauren Sturm
William Walker
Michael Whidden
Valentina Wolf
Jett Young
Public Administration Diplomacy & Global Politics Public Health-Policy & Admin
Caroline Baxley
Darian Fautz
Madison Gubner
Mikah Pransky
Mason Roush
Katelyn Sausaman
Lily Baker
Hannah Clarke
Kathryn Creehan
Kristina DeMarco
Melanie Harvey

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

Annette Penland
Malena Daily

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:

Cathleen McLaughlin
Nancy Pellegrino

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

Alexander Dyer

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

No award presented this year

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

Alivia Sloan
Tierra Tuneburg

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.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

No award presented this year


Ohio Public Leader Fellows:

Riley Coyne
Morgan Sturm
Donovan White
Lily Wilmot

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:

Samuel Biglin
Kathryn Blowers
Oliver Borchers-Williams
Hannah Prentiss
Chloe Sassan
Austin Tyree

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:

Natalie Assaf
Annika Backlund
Sivasankar Balakrishnan
Leora Bernard
Kayleigh Bernow
Oliver Borchers-Williams
Duncan Burke
Megan Burtis
Emily Cain
Lyndsey Case
Timothy Coady
Owen Dean
Andrew Devedjian
Gracie Evans
Darian Fautz
Emily Froude
Allysa Gallagher
Blake Gardiner
Jordon Gifford
Madeleine Gordon
Kayla Groneck
Sydney Hoffman
Katelyn Hunt
Paige Johnson
Rachel Kraemer
Erik LaBelle
Brendan McNamara
Chloe Meier
Blake Mullennix
Patrick Newell
Tanner Nguyen
Ruth Ostrreicher
Nancy Pellegrino
Emma Rauscher
Caroline Roethlisberger
Isabella Schwarze
Kaycee Siebler
Allison South
Deirdre Sperry
Jessica Spitler
John Strasser
Megan Szwanek
Morgan Uveges
Tess Von Hemel
Jessica von Zastrow
William Walker
Kole Zellers

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 fellowships awarded this year due to COVID

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:

Caroline Atlas
Annika Backlund
Leora Bernard
Oliver Borchers-Williams
Jordon Gifford
Nina Grotto
Caroline Roethlisberger

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

Hannah Andersen
Emily Froude
Simone Rackmill


Miami University Board of Trustees

Amitoj Kaur - 2022 (2020)


2020 Presidential Distinguished Service Award

Sara Moss
Brandon Small
Allison South
Jessica von Zastrow


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 2020 and January 2021 graduates, and those graduating in May or August 2021. 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

Hanah Bloom
Justin Grega
Nina Grotto
Tyler Koss
Madeline Murchland
Spencer Silbey
Cameron Tiefenthaler 

Moderators

Sophie Hess
Reena Murphy


Departmental Assistants

None due to COVID restrictions


Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs Interns

None due to COVID restrictions

updated: 5/03/21