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Political Science Undergraduate Joan Joseph Earns an AERoPUP Fellowship

Florida State University undergraduate Joan Joseph has added to her already impressive achievements with a new honor supporting and recognizing her research.

The political science major was selected as a fellow in the Advanced Empirical Research on Politics for Undergraduates Program (AERoPUP) at Ohio State University.

Joseph was chosen on the basis of her project assessing the legacy of colonial institutions on modern corruption. She was particularly recognized for her “qualifications and preparation to take on this work,” according to AERoPUP Director Brian M. Pollins. More information can be found here.

Political Science Undergrad Gil Damon Among recent Rhodes Scholar finalists

Damon Gil majors in political science at Florida State University. He discussed his journey to become a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship finalist in an recent Unversity News article.
"Florida State has a total of five Rhodes Scholars: Frederick William Buchholtz, 1905; Caroline Alexander, 1976; Garrett Johnson, 2006; O’Shea, 2008; and Myron Rolle, 2009. In addition, FSU had Rhodes Scholar finalists in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Rhodes Scholarships, created in 1902, are the oldest and among the most distinguished international fellowship awards in the world. Scholars are selected based on academic achievements, character, leadership qualities and commitment to others." See link here for more information.

Recent Research by Dr. Benjamin Schneer

Most people probably think the media drives public conversation — that when people read things in newspapers or online, it helps set the agenda for what they are talking about with their peers. Now, a team of researchers including a our very own Dr. Benjamin Schneer have the numbers to back the idea up. More info here:

Global Scholars Information Session

Looking for a summer internship? Interested in working for a nonprofit organization in a developing country? Come to a Global Scholars Information Session!
Learn how you can engage in meaningful, responsible service abroad. Meet past Global Scholars and find out about funding opportunities. All majors welcome.
Sessions will be held on Thursday, October 8th and Monday, October 12th at 7pm on the 4th floor of the HSF House in the Great Hall.

Access Facebook event page: here
Access official Global Scholars info page: here

Newly Published Research by Dr. Inken von Borzyskowski

Our very own Inken von Borzyskowski has new
research on election violence published by the US Institute of Peace. More information can be found here.

Recent Publications by Dr. Kevin Fahey

Are most American politicians profiting from their offices? Among this week's articles at, our very own Kevin Fahey presents a summary of his recent findings on the matter. Also, you can find full details of his findings in a recently published contribution to Legislative Studies Quarterly [link: Fahey, K. (2017), The Perks of Being a Lawmaker: Returns to Office as a Legislative Goal. Legislative Studies Quarterly]. 

Another Great Year for the MAAP Program!

The MAAPP program is a terminal Masters of Science degree designed for
those who seek active careers in a number of political fields:
Campaigns, Fundraising, Political Communications, Lobbying, Legislative
Affairs, etc. Unlike the traditional graduate program in Political
Science, which is designed for individuals with career paths in academia
and research, MAAPP offers practical experience and a diverse set of
skills for those interested in careers as political operatives.

Feel free to post about the program and how much it has benefitted you at The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Facebook page!
A recent post by a former student thankful for the program can be found here.

New Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity

The Pumphrey Law Firm is now running a scholarship. Any high school or college student with an acceptance letter is eligible to enter, they do not have to be pursuing a law career path. To learn more about the scholarship click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Ben Schneer!

Dr. Ben Schneer's dissertation won the Richard J. Herrnstein Prize, which is awarded by the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for “a dissertation that exhibits excellent scholarship, originality and breadth of thought, and a commitment to intellectual independence." That came with a $5000 prize.

Dr. Schneer was accepted to participate in the Summer Institute on Organizations and Their Effectiveness at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. This is a 2-week program with all expenses covered.

Dr. Schneer is also presenting at the Congress & History Conference, which is a reasonably competitive conference to get into and this year is being hosted at the Library of Congress.