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Political Science Junior Wins Fellowship to Study at Princeton

Shai WashingtonShai Washington, junior in political science, Lenexa, has received a nationally competitive fellowship from the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program to attend PPIA's Junior Summer Institute (JSI). The Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven week program designed to prepare college juniors for advanced degrees and for careers serving the public good. The JSI curriculum "... includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students' quantitative, analytic and communication skills -- skills [that] are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs." 

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Kansas State University Nominates Two Political Science Students for Truman Scholarship

Eleanor DickensCiara Chambers and Eleanor Dickens, both juniors in political science, are two of four students nominated by Kansas State University for the 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship recognizes college students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service, government or the nonprofit sector. If awarded, it provides up to $30,000 in financial support for graduate education. 

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Political Science Graduate Wins 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Matt King, BA Political Science (2007), is the recipient of the K-State Alumni Association Student Alumni Board's 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. This award recognizes K-State graduates who are younger than 35 and are using the scholarship, leadership and service experience they acquired at K-State to excel in their professions and contribute to their communities.

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Concurrent Degree Launched

NASPAA LOGOThe Political Science Department is pleased to announce the new BA-BS/MPA concurrent degree program. This program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Political Science as well as a Master of Public Administration in five and a half years. Earning both a BA or BS and a Master's degree typically takes six years to complete. The concurrent degree program saves both time and money. A Master of Public Administration trains students for a wide variety of careers in the public sector and non-profit organizations. Please be advised that careful academic planning is required beginning in your sophomore year. Interested students should contact Dr. Jim Franke, Director of Graduate Studies.

Concurrent Bachelor/Master of Public Administration Degree Website

Patricia A. Seitz Named Alumni Fellow

Judge Seitz

Senior US District Judge Patricia Seitz, BA 1968, was honored as a University Alumni Fellow in April. Judge Seitz spent two days on campus, and shared her insights and experiences with students in John Fliter's Constitutional Law course and with pre-law students on campus. She also met with two Seitz scholarship recipients on campus, and with student veterans.

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Model UN Team Re-Launched

model un

Kansas State University's Model United Nations team has successfully returned to competition. The team won three awards at the 54th Midwest Model UN Conference in St. Louis in February and four awards at the American Model UN International in Chicago in November. These were the first Kansas State University teams to compete at Model UN competitions in over 30 years.

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Political Science Graduate Programs 
Ranked Among Best in the Country

According to, the graduate education experience offered by KSU's Political Science department is among the best in the country. The website surveys recent and current graduate students on the quality and value of their graduate education, and then evaluates programs across fifteen categories. Overall, the graduate programs housed in KSU's Department of Political Science were ranked the 13th best in the country. We had good company in this ranking — sandwiched between Harvard University (ranked 12th) and Yale University (ranked 14th). KSU's graduate programs were ranked #1 in the country for both career support and faculty support.

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Earhart Foundation to Sponsor Mini-Conference in Department

The Earhart Foundation, a charitable foundation founded in 1929 by Harry Boyd Earhart, has provided a $7,500 grant to the Department of Political Science for a Mini-Conference featuring the authors contributing to Perspectives on Modern Honor, an edited volume that will be published by Lexington Press. The Mini-Conference, co-hosted by Dr. Laurie M. Johnson (Political Science, KSU) and Dan Demetriou (Philosophy, University of Minnesota-Morris) will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 in KSU's Hale Library (Hemisphere Room, 5th Floor). It is open to the public, and we encourage those with an interest to attend.

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March 27, 2015
8:15-11:30 a.m., 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Hemisphere Room, 5th Floor
Hale Library

Mini-Conference Schedule
Mini-Conference Information


Spring 2015
Winter 2014-2015
Fall 2013 Second Installment
Fall 2013


Amaney  Jamal
Mark  Tessler
Jack S. Levy



Matt King


When I ran for student body president in the spring semester of my junior year, I didn't sleep much – probably about three hours per night for at least six weeks. It was an understatement to say that I was exhausted pretty much all the time, and while I'm not proud of it I must admit that I fell asleep in class a time or two that semester. But the first (and only) time I fell asleep in POLSC 791 – a graduate-level political science course on Islam and the West – the late Dr. Michael Suleiman would have nothing of it.   

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