Political science students honored with scholarships, honor society induction
LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Political Science Department honored its top students with awards and induction into Pi Sigma Alpha during a ceremony April 19 at the Adams Alumni Center.
Twenty-five students were inducted into the Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Criteria for induction include a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale in all political science courses with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4 for undergraduates. For graduate students, the average must be at least 3.5. Neither may have a course grade lower than a B in any Political Science course.
The inductees are:
• Keehyun Ahn, graduate student from Korea
• Charles Allen, junior from Shawnee Mission
• Philip Barone, senior from Overland Park
• Svetla Ben-Itzhak, graduate student from Manhattan
• Austin Bussing, senior from Houston, Texas
• James Castle, senior from Edmond, Okla.
• Dan Chen, graduate student from People’s Republic of China
• Shannon Collins, junior from Fairfax Station, Va.
• Kevin Frantz, senior from Lawrence
• Alex Jorgensen, graduate student from Mandal, Norway
• Grace Lancaster, senior from Topeka
• Mollie Moravac, senior from Shawnee
• John Page, junior from Lenexa
• Kyle Patterson, senior from Andover
• Jacob Peterson, junior from Osage City
• Jake Robinson, junior from Oberlin
• Michael Rosenblum, senior from Overland Park
• Keri Schreiner, senior from Shelbyville, Ky.
• Lucas Strubing, junior from Asuncion, Paraguay
• William Suarez, senior from Lenexa
• Juan Urbano, graduate student from Brownsville, Texas
• Vania Velasco Guachalla, senior from La Paz City, Bolivia
• Kristopher Velasco, junior from Wamego
• Corrinne Viola, junior from Topeka
• Julian Viso, junior from Lenexa
The Political Science Department provides cash awards with no restrictions and scholarships that provide tuition assistance. The awards and scholarships presented were:
— The Ethan P. Allen Pi Sigma Alpha Award to outstanding graduating seniors majoring in political science. The recipients are:
• Margarita Caulfield from Russell
• Keri Schreiner from Shelbyville, Ky.
• Joshua Dean from Overland Park
— The Emmett L. Bennett Scholarship to an outstanding junior majoring in political science. The recipient is:
• Quinn Ried from Lawrence
— The Eldon Fields Award to outstanding seniors majoring in political science. The recipients are:
• William Suarez from Lenexa
• Kyle Patterson from Andover
• Lucas Strubing from Asuncion, Paraguay
— The Elizabeth and Carl Gustafson Scholarships ranging from $ 500 to $4,000 to outstanding political science undergraduates. The recipients are:
• Kristopher Velasco from Wamego
• Samuel Hofmeier from Wichita,
• Tyler Childress from Coffeyville
• Taylor Huhn from Overland Park
• Simon Gottlieb from Golden Valley, Minn.
• Laura Weaver from Shawnee
• Erin Heckethorn from Cheney
• Jacklyn Baillergeon from Lansing
• Suhayla Sibaai from Wichita,
___For the first time this year, the Allan J. Cigler Academic Enrichment Award was presented in the amount of $600. This fund is made possible by former students of Cigler, professor of political science, who wished to recognize him for his continued academic service. The recipient is:
• Austin Bussing from Houston
— The Joseph P. Harris Fellowship in the amount of $6,000 awarded to an outstanding doctoral student. The recipient is
• Matt Miles from Lawrence
—The Walter Thompson Scholarships, ranging from $1,275 to $3,000, awarded to political science graduate students. The recipients are:
• Dan Chen from the People’s Republic of China
• Laura Dean from Lawrence
• Brian Hanson from Lincoln, Neb.
• Chris Kroh from Kansas City, Kan.
• Matt Miles from Lawrence
• Saatvika Rai from Bangalore, India
• Thomas Ringenberg from Springfield, Mo
• Juan Urbano from Brownsville, Texas
• Lidiya Zubytska from Lawrence
All of the scholarship funds are managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.