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Nate Birkhead becomes K-State's 2022-2023 Coffman Chair of Distinguished Teaching Scholars
As Kansas State University's 2022-2023 Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, Nate Birkhead will assess experiential learning at the university, including identifying and assessing where its use is most successful and developing recommendations for ensuring its most effective use.
Political Science Faculty Members Receive Interdisciplinary Research Grant from Chapman Center
The Chapman Center for Rural Studies, a center of excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences, announces Ethan Bernick, Brianne Heidbreder and Chardie Baird as recipients of the 2022 Interdisciplinary Research Grant. Bernick, Heidbreder and Baird will use this grant on their interdisciplinary project, "Gendered Pathways: In Pursuit of Local Elected Office." The project focuses on the reasons why American political institutions are male-dominated and positions of county clerks, especially in rural communities, are female-dominated. There is very little known about how and why this happens, and the team’s exploration will tackle this question by using insights from sociological and political science research.
Political Science Department Congratulates Scholarship Winners & GTAs for 2022-2023
For the 2022-2023 academic year, the Political Science department awarded more than $25,000 in scholarship funds to its undergraduate and graduate winners. The department also awarded stipends for graduate assistantships to seven students across three graduate programs.
Katie Sleichter becomes Kansas State University's 37th Truman Scholar
Katie Sleichter, junior in political science, Clay Center, is Kansas State University’s 37th Truman scholar.
Sleichter is receiving a 2022 Harry S. Truman scholarship for her academic excellence, leadership and commitment to a career in public service.
The Truman scholarship is a highly competitive national award that provides up to $30,000 for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and special internship and fellowship opportunities within the federal government. According to the Truman Foundation, 58 scholarships were awarded this year from a candidate pool of 705 students nominated by 275 colleges and universities.
Brianne Heidbreder, receives 2022 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
Brianne Heidbreder, associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies, is one of four recipents at K-State to receive the 2022 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Along with the title, she will receive an honorarium for $3,000 honorarium from Commerce Bank and the W.T. Kemper Foundation.
Angela Y.S. Park, receives national award by American Political Science Association
Angela Y.S. Park, assistant professor of political science, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Leonard D. White Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public administration. The award is presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, a major professional society for individuals engaged in the study of politics and government.
John Fliter, appointed to Kansas Advisory Committee to US Commission on Civil Rights
John Fliter, associate professor in the political science department, has been appointed a member of the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Along with 11 other members, the committee's task is to advise the Commission on Civil Rights on matters in the state of Kansas.
Fliter will bring his expertise on prisoners' rights, criminal justice, free speech, religious freedom and fair labor standards to this role. His appointment to the commission is a recognition of his research and teaching contributions in these areas.
Political Science department announces new Middle East Studies minor - coming Fall 2020
The Middle East Studies minor is a new interdisciplinary program that helps build a student’s knowledge of important geopolitical and cultural forces of the critical region, both on campus and beyond. Housed within the Political Science Department, the minor involves five departments across the university including; Political Science, History, Communication Studies, Philosophy and Modern Languages. Offering courses ranging from intercultural exchanges, the history of Islamic thought, political Islam, religion and communication in the Middle East and more – this minor gives students a dynamic perspective of a subject that has great global interest.
Model United Nations Team Wins Awards at AMUN Conference in Chicago
K-State's Model United Nations team competed at the 30th American Model UN Conference in Chicago from Nov. 23-26. More than 1,200 students from 77 colleges and universities competed to win for their designated countries.
K-State’s Model UN team, who had chosen to represent Equatorial Guinea, won a Position Paper award for completing policy position papers for every simulated situation at the conference. Two team members, Claire Chaffin (Political Science junior and French minor) and Scout Molder (Political Science/Pre-Law freshman) also won a delegation award for exceptional representation of Equatorial Guinea on the Economic Commission of Africa. This is the first time in almost seven years that Kansas State has won this award.
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