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May 13, 2005
Contact: Betty Jo Ross, Political Science department; (785) 864-9055.

KU honors top political science students with awards event, honors ceremony

LAWRENCE-The University of Kansas political science department recently honored top students with awards and scholarships at its annual Pi Sigma Alpha initiation and awards banquet April 26 at the Hereford House.

Thirty-one students were inducted into the Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society. Criteria for induction include at least junior standing in political science and a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale in all political science courses. Cumulative GPAs for undergraduates must be at least 3.4 and for graduate students at least 3.5. Neither may have a course grade lower than a B.

The scholarship and awards offered included:

  • The $6,000 Joseph P. Harris graduate fellowship, which recognizes an outstanding doctoral candidate in political science
  • The $500 Ethan Allan Award and the $250 Eldon Fields Award, each recognizing an outstanding graduating senior in political science
  • Three Gustafson scholarships, each worth $2,000, given to outstanding political science undergraduates
  • The Emmett L. Bennett Scholarship for $2,000, to an outstanding junior in political science
  • Three Harley S. Nelson Family Fund Scholarships of $1,500, each presented to outstanding political science undergraduates
  • Twelve Walter Thompson Scholarships in amounts from $1,500 to $3,000, awarded to deserving undergraduate and graduate political science students, and three Walter Thompson Scholarships of $700, each recognizing study abroad students
  • Six faculty Pi Sigma Alpha awards to outstanding seniors completing departmental honors

Pi Sigma Alpha inductees and political science award winners are listed online by hometown, year in school, parents' names and high school, when available, and their awards.


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