Students

2016-2017

Graduate

RECEVIED A PhD

  • Andrew D.Tuholski | December 2016
  • Dissertation Title: "Understanding the Formation of American Mental Health Policy Preferences, 1952-1981"
  • Committee: Bert Rockman (Chair), Pat Boling, Laurel Weldon, Wendy Kline
Teaching and Research Awards and Recognition

Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award for 2016-17
  • Sara Wiest
Department of Political Science Outstanding Independent Instructor Award for 2016-17
  • Sara Wiest
  • Mark Denninghoff, Runner up
  • John Megson, Runner up
Department of Political Science Outstanding Teaching Assistant for 2016-17
  • Guillermo Caballero
  • Gyu Shim, Runner-up
GSETA: Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award nominee: Heather Cann, nominee
Summer Dissertation Fellowships through  Department of Political Science
  • Michael Brownstein
  • Summer Forester
  • Mintao Nie
  • Elis Vllasi
Summer Research Grants from Graduate School
  • Kaitlin Kelly-Thompson
  • Mark Denninghoff
IQMR: Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research: Jieyeon Kim
              
ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
  • David Dalenberg
  • Janel Jett
  • Ely Osorio

College of Liberal Arts Promise Awards

  • Guillermo Caballero
  • Heather Cann
  • Nusta Carranza Ko
  • Kate Haapala
  • Chelsea Kaufman
  • Chris Kulesza
  • John Megson
  • Sinh Nguyen
  • Michael Perrin
  • Gyu Sang Shim
  • Fernando Tormos
  • Elis Vllasi
  • Lingjung Wang
  • Sharonda Woodford
  • Charles Wu
Bilsland Fellowship: Chris Kulesza

Purdue Research Fellowship Grants for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
  • Elis Vllasi for their project, "Democratization in the Post-Cold War: Military Intervention, Foreign Aid and Decentralization," under the direction of Aaron Hoffman.
  • Heather Cann for their project "Beyond the Climate Science Wars: Elite Framing and Political Influence in Climate Change Policy," under the direction of Leigh Raymond.

Michael Brownstein, Pi Sigma Alpha Graduate Student Instructor of the Year

Fernando Tormos:  NSF AGEP Distinguished Scholar; Berenice Carroll Award, Honorable Mention; Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention; Devin Roberson Memorial Award; PGSG Travel Award; CLA Promise Award

Purdue University Teaching Academy to induct new members Nov. 15
Rachel Walker-Kulzick, For the Honor Distinction: Dean David A. Reingold

Service

Chris Kulesza - served 7 terms on the e board for PGSG.  He served two terms as president, two as external vice president, and one as secretary, parliamentarian, and grant committee chair
      
Editorial Assistants of the Politics, Groups, and Identities Journal
  • Mariliz Kastberg-Leonard
  • Michael Simrak
Political Science Graduate Student Association President: Michael Simrak, 2016-17; Kristen Smolé is the new PSGSA President for the 2017-18 academic year.
Social Science Mechanics Committee
  • Ely Osorio Castro
  • Bingxin Fa
  • Jessica Felder

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Research Grant for 2016-17
  • Adam Hassanein with Tom Mustillo
  • Jordan Paine with Pat Boling

Department of Political Science Outstanding Senior: Sarah MacLeod

2015-16

Graduate

tEACHING AND RESEARCH AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Summer 2016 Programs

Gyu Sang Shim, EITM (Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models) Summer Institute, University of Houston's Hobby Center for Public Policy.

Robert Kulzick, PhD Candidate, Summer Internship, Penn Schoen Berland, Washington, DC Purdue Institute for Civic Communication

Nagisa Ishinabe, ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) - two sessions

Nusta Carranza Ko, IQMR (Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research)

Summer Dissertation Fellowships through the Department of Political Science

  • Phil Husom

  • Chris Kulesza

  • Sinh Nguyen

  • Fernando Tormos

  • Rachel Walker-Kulzick

  • Sara Wiest

Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grants through the Graduate School

  • Junhyup Kim (Ann Clark)

  • Jieyeon Kim (Ann Clark)

  • Eli Osorio (Jay McCann)

Teaching Awards

University: Graduate Students Honored for excellence in teaching

Department of Political Science Teaching Awards

  • Outstanding Independent Instructor Award: Chris Kulesza

  • Outstanding Independent Instructor Award/Runner-Ups:    

    • Phil Husom

    • Nusta Carranza Ko

    • Mintao Nie

    • Elis Vllasi

    • Rachel Walker-Kulzick

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant: Mei Yang

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant/Runners Up:

    • Rosemary (Min) Pang

    • Tony Pierucci

    • Charles Wu

GSETA (Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award) nominee: Rachel Walker-Kulzick

Awards and Recognitions:

For the Honor: Nusta Carranza Ko: The K. Patricia Cross Award

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award: Nusta Carranza Ko

Pi Sigma Alpha Graduate Student of the Year: Eliza Osorio

Devin Roberson Memorial Award recipient: Nusta Carranza Ko

Service Awards:

 Politics, Groups, and Identities Editorial Assistant Christine Alwan

PGI Editorial Assistants: Mariliz Kastberg-Leonard and Michael Simrak  

Political Science Graduate Student Association President: Walter Schostak

Social Science Mechanics Coordinators: Charles Wu (Chair), Kaitlyn Kelly-Thompson

Social Science Mechanics Coordinators for 2016-2017:

  • Jessica Bussell

  • Bingxin Fa

  • Eliza Osorio

Research Assistant for Department Head and Professor Rosalee Clawson: Elis Vllasi 


Undergraduate

Internships:

Purdue Institute for Civic Communication: Summer Internships: Political Science Majors Jasmine Edison and Sophomore Priya Malik, Sophomore - Penn Schoen Berland, Washington, DC; Political Science Majors Ben Baker, Junior and Myles Carlos, Senior - C-Span at the Republican National Convention;
Nathaniel Thomas, Sophomore - C-Span at the Democratic National Convention

For the Honor: Model UN Participants: Political Science students Tatiana Brown, Melissa Deach, Jasmine Edison, Adam Hassanein, and Caelum Mroczek

For the Honor: Ryan Ma, a senior studying political science

2014-15

Graduate

RECEIVED A PhD

tEACHING AND RESEARCH AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Michael Brownstein, Pi Sigma Alpha Delta Omega Chapter Distinguished Graduate Student of the Year, Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, CSETA Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award, Social Science Mechanics Committee Member

Katie Cahill, Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

Heather Cann, Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Grant

Philip Cardin, Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Grant

Nusta Carranza Ko, Teaching Academy Associate Fellow Nominee, Purdue Research Fellowship Research Grant

William Ferrall, Department of Political Science Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Runner-up

Summer Forester, Fulbright Fellowship: Summer will conduct her dissertation research in Jordon examining whether and how national security threats affect women's movement initiates policy change when national security threats are high; Purdue Research Foundation Grant; Frank Wilson Research Grant, Devin Roberson Memorial Award, Purdue University Graduate Student Association Travel Grant; Southern Political Science Association Prestage-Cook Travel Award; Purdue University Service Learning Grant; Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Grant; Politics, Groups and Identities Editorial Assistant

For the Honor: Fulbright Award Winners: Political Science//Summer Forester and Allison Turner

Yoo Sun Jung, Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Summer Institute Grant; Political Science Department Outstanding Independent Instructor Award, Runner up, 2014-15, Political Science Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant for 2013-14 

Chelsea Kaufman, Outstanding Independent Instructor Award, Department of Political Science

Dan Sinh Nguyen Vo, Political Science Department Outstanding Independent Instructor, Runner up, Prestage-Cook Travel Award to Southern Political Science Association

Mintao Nie, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, Social Science Mechanics Committee, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Grant

Min (Rosemary) Pang, Department of Political Science Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Runner-up

Fernando Tormos, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Grant, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Latino Cultural Center

Andrew Tuholski, Political Science Graduate Student Association President

Elis Vllasi, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Grant, Political Science Department Outstanding Independent Instructor, Runner-up, Social Science Mechanics Series Committee Chair

Rachel Walker-Kulzick, Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Grant

William Shelby, Department of Political Science Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Runner-up

Sharonda Woodford, H. H. Remmers Award from African American Studies - See page 6 of the Nommo, Power of the Word

Undergraduate

Milad Alucoziai, Mitchell Scholarship, (Purdue's first Mitchell Scholarship recipient)

Batul Contractor, Department of Political Science Outstanding Senior, Runner-up

Dominique Fry, Lola C. and Dolores G. Reinsch Scholarship

Thomas Naylor, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior in Peace Studies

Allison Turner, Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Master's degree at the University of Waterloo, studying a systemic approach to water governance in the Great Lakes from the Canadian side of the border; Department of Political Science Outstanding Senior; The France Córdova Leadership Award. Student Profile: The Exponent

Elizabeth Wulbrecht, Political Science Undergraduate Research Grant, under Professor Rosalee Clawson for “The Intersection of Public Policy and Mental Illness.”; Department of Political Science Outstanding Senior, Runner-up; MPSA Conference presentation on healthcare utilizing the C-SPAN Video Libraries for reference; Ross Fellowship for 2015-16 academic year

Adi Ben Yehoshua, Pi Sigma Alpha Frank Wilson Undergraduate of the Year

Pi Sigma Alpha Officers for 2014-15: Jonathan Goodwin, President,  godzilla@purdue.edu Meredith Pohl, Vice President, mmpohl@purdue.edu Michael Brannigan,Treasurer,  mbranni@purdue.edu Nicole Cory, Communications Director,  ncory@purdue.edu Shawn Carr, Marketing Director, carr22@purdue.edu

2013-2014

Graduate

RECIEVED A PhD:

  • Jeffrey R. Alcoser

  • Dwaine Jengelley

  • Joseph Kaminski

  • Anthony Rodin

Gabrielle Arrowood, Political Science Graduate Student Association President

Michael R. Brownstein has received the Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award, Social Science Mechanics Committee Member, President of President of the Political Science Graduate Student Association. 

Katie Cahill, Global Synergy Research Grant, Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-15

Nusta Carranza Ko, Graduate Teacher Certificate, Outstanding Independent Instructor, Purdue Research Foundation Grant, Frank Wilson Research Grant 

Erik Cleven, College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Dissertation Award 

Summer Forester, Politics, Groups and Identities Journal Editorial Assistant

Phil Husom, PIRCAT Seminar Series Co-coordinator

Chelsea Kaufman, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2012-13

Justin Mueller, Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant

Cheryl O'Brien, Teaching Academy Associate Fellow

Zuzana Ringlerova, Purdue Research Foundation Grant, Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant, Frank Wilson Research Grant, Graduate Student Government Travel Award for Midwest Political Science Association Conference

Will Shelby, Devin Roberson Memorial Award

Fernando Tormos, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Latino Cultural Center

Dan Sinh Nguyen Vo, Prestage-Cook Travel Award to Southern Political Science Association

Elis Vllasi, Social Science Mechanics Series Committee Chair

Sara Weist, Sara Weist, Purdue Research Foundation Grant, Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2012-13, Pi Sigma Alpha Graduate Student of the Year

Laura Young, CETA Teaching Award

Undergraduate

Communication institute awards scholarships for experiential learning:

  • Alison Gayer, a senior studying political science and professional writing. Gayer will intern with the Center for Global Impact in Greenwood, Ind.

  • Jonathan Goodwin, a senior studying political science. Goodwin will intern at C-SPAN in Washington, D.C.

  • Ahndia Mansoori, a senior studying political science. Mansoori also will intern at C-SPAN.

Melissa Gokmogol won first place at Purdue's Discovery University with her poster project entitled, "Cleaner Air Beyond California"

Joseph L. Hurst, Jr., Outstanding Undergraduate Senior in Peace Studies

Mariliz Kastberg-Leonard, Undergraduate Research Grant - under the direction of Professor Will McLauchlan for "Abortion Case Processing Time Proposal." 

Thomas Payne, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior for Political Science Majors

Connor Shearer, Undergraduate Research Grant - under the direction of Professor Jay McCann for "Mexican-born immigrants in Indiana and their knowledge and perceptions of American Politics."

Allison Turner, a junior from Channahon, Ill., was a Harry S. Truman Scholarship finalist based on a record of leadership, and public service. This scholarship is for students dedicated to a career in public service. Turner, who is pursuing a double major in natural resources and environmental science and political science, focuses on community clean water issues. Turner, also a two-time recipient of the Udall Scholarship

2012-2013

Graduate

RECEIVED A PhD:

  • Erik Cleven, accepted a position at St. Anselm, Manchester, NH

  • Mark Petersen, accepted a position at Bethany College, West Virginia

  • Toby Laterbach

  • Cheryl O'Brien, accepted a position at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Amelia Andrews, Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant

Gabrielle Arrowood, Political Science Graduate Student Association President, Social Science Mechanics Committee 

Sara Beasley, Social Science Mechanics Committee Chair

Mike Brownstein, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Honorable Mention, Social Science Mechanics Committee Member,   

Katie Cahill, Global Policy Research Institute Graduate Student Research Fellowship, Devin Roberson Memorial Award, Frank Wilson Research Grant

Nusta Carranza Ko, Outstanding Independent Instructor 

Paul Danyi, Purdue Research Foundation Grant, Ludwig Kruhn Doctoral Fellowship

Summer Forester, Politics, Groups and Identities Journal Editorial Assistant

Vagisha Gunasekara, College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Dissertation Award

Phil Husom, PIRCAT Seminar Series Co-coordinator

Seok Ryul Kang, Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant

Chelsea Kaufman, Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Robert Kulzick, Purdue Research Foundation Research Grant

Cheryl O’Brien, Associate Teaching Academy Fellow

Zuzana Ringlerova, Social Science Mechanics Committee, Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant

Anthony Rodin, Outstanding Independent Instructor, Purdue Research Foundation Grant

Andrew Tuholski, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Honorable Mention

Laurent Vesely, Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

Sara Wiest, Pi Sigma Alpha Graduate Student of the Year, Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Laura Young, CETA Teaching Award

Bi Zhao, National Science Foundation fellowship for the 2013 Political Network Conference

Undergraduate

Brianna Castle, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors.

Megan Conaway, Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Student of the Year

Tiffany Gavros, Charles T. Dyer Memorial Scholarship

Melissa Gokmogol, Lola C. and Dolores G. Reinsch Scholarship, Peggy Sullivan Scholarship, Office of the Dean of Students Scholarship.

Meghan Grady, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner-up

Harper MacKenzie Otawka, Fulbright Research Fellowship

Lindsay Markle, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner-up

Madelyn Muskwe, Charles T. Dyer Memorial Scholarship

Muhammad Soofie, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner-up

Megan Staub, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner-up

Allison Turner (Channahon, Illinois), a sophomore studying Political Science and Natural Resources and Environmental Science has been awarded a 2013 Udall Scholarship.

Kyle Walker, elected Pi Sigma Alpha President for next academic year

2011-2012

Graduate

RECEIVED A PhD

  • Matt Dabros

  • Vagisha Gunasekara

  • Young Soo Kim

  • Jun Hyuk Park

  • Godfrey Wachira

Corey Bechtel, Summer Research Grant

Michael Brownstein, Social Science Mechanics Committee Member

Amanda Burke, Social Science Mechanics Committee Member

Katie Cahill, Social Science Mechanics Committee Member

Erik Cleven, Frank Wilson Award, Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

Matt Dabros, received his MS as well as his PhD

Paul Danyi, German Academic Exchange Service Research Grant to the University of Braunschweig for the 2012-13 academic year, Sears Lecture Series and Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy and Science Series Graduate Assistant

Vagisha Gunasekara, Pi Sigma Alpha Graduate Student of the Year

Phil Husom, PIRCAT Workshop Seminar Coordinator 

Chelsea Kaufman, elected Pi Sigma Alpha Graduate Student Representative

Chris Kulesza, Social Science Mechanics Committee Member

Justin Mueller, Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Cheryl O’Brien, Center for Instructional Excellence’s Advanced Graduate Teacher Certificate, Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Ludwig Kruhne Doctoral Fellowship for 2012-13.

Anthony Rodin, Outstanding Independent Instructor

Crystal Shelton, Purdue Research Foundation Grant

JohnSchultz, Purdue Research Foundation Grant

Laura Young, Outstanding Independent Instructor

Undergraduate 

Pi Sigma Alpha Officers:

  • President: Amber Gottfried

  • Vice-President: Megan Conaway

  • Treasurer: Chris Wilkenin

  • Public Relations: Lisa Abrego

  • Deputy of Public Relations: Kyle Walker

  • Administrative Assistant: Chantell Tibbits

  • Graduate Student Representative: Chelsea Kaufman

Sara Beasley, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner up

Kristen A. Blankenbaker, Lola C. and Dolores G. Reinsch Scholarship

Bailee Brown, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner up

Frank Freeman, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors

Melissa Gokmogol, 2012 Non Traditional Student Award, 2012 Peggy Sullivan Achievement Award

Amber Gottfried, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner up

Sheryl Pels, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner up

Alexandra Robinson, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner up

Jennifer Sandlin, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner up

2010-2011

Graduate

RECEIVED A PhD

  • Ashlie Delshad, accepted a tenure-track position at  West Chester University of Pennsylvania

  • Kali Wright-Smith, accepted a tenure-track position at Georgetown College, Kentucky

Jeff Alcoser, Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant

Corey Bechtel, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship

Katie Cahill, Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant

Nusta Carranza Ko, College of Liberal Arts Engagement Grant, Richard MJ. Millet Award

Erik Cleven, Purdue Research Foundation Grant, Purdue University's Center for the Study of Violence Grant, Outstanding Independent Instructor

Matt Dabros, CETA Excellence in Teaching Award, Summer Research Grant for 2010, Co-authored an article with Distinguished Professor Glenn Parker, "Last Period Problems," Public Choice.

Justin Mueller, published his article: "Anarchism, the State and the Role of Education, " in Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education, ed. Robert Haworthe, PM Press.

Lincoln McKinley, Purdue University's Center for the Study of Violence Grant, Graduate Incentive Grant,

Cheryl O’Brien, Berenice A. Carroll Feminism, Peace, and Social Justice Award, Outstanding Independent Graduate Instructor, Purdue Research Foundation grant  

Mark Petersen, Purdue Research Foundation Grant, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2011, Summer Research Grant, 2010

Zuzana Ringlerova, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2011

Crystal Shelton, Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant 2010 and 2011

Linjing Wang, "The Microeconomic Evaluation of the Grassland-Ecological Migration Policy" Soft Science Research Grant, Ministry of Science and Technology of China 

Laurent Wrzesinski, Summer Research Grant, 2010, Ford Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention

Undergraduate

Emma Clohessy, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors

Brandon Dittman, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner-up

Valencia Harvey, Charles T. Dyer Memorial Scholarship

Sunaina Kuhn, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner-up

Jakob A. Miller, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner-up

Emily Morris, Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award for Political Science Majors, Runner-up

Lindsey Jefferson, Lola C. and Dolores G. Reinsch Scholarship

Mallory Koestel, Charles T. Dyer Memorial Scholarship

Allison Roberts, elected Pi Sigma Alpha President

Joshua Turk, Charles T. Dyer Memorial Scholarship

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