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The UMass Amherst Department of Political Science had quite the presence at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) from September 1st through September 4th. 26 representatives from UMass Amherst gave a total of 40 presentations. 

Dean E. Robinson, associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named the Terrence Murray Commonwealth Honors College Professor. The two-year award was approved by the UMass Board of Trustees on June 15.

A special August 2016 issue of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly celebrates the legacy of the late Indiana University scholar Elinor Ostrom and applies her insights and theories to new research in the area of nonprofit organizations and voluntary action.  

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, Professor Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School will present the 2016 Dean Alfange, Jr. distinguished lecture on American constitutionalism. Professor Greene is a leading expert in the fields of constitutional law, theories of constitutional interpretation, federal courts, and citizenship.

UMass political science graduate student Ivelisse Cuevas-Molina was recently named a 2016-2017 Latino Scholarship Fund Recipient. She will use the award to fund a trip to the 2016 APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

The Southeast Asian Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) has awarded Khora Phuaphansawat with the annual Pattana Kitiarsa prize for a graduate student that has written the best conference paper on Southeast Asia.

Mia Costa has received the 2016 John Sprague Award for her paper "Sharing Constituencies: Polarization and Representation in the Extended Party Network", which was presented at the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association.

UMass President Marty Meehan convened the President's Forum at UMass Club on June 9. The 2016 Presidential Election Roundtable included our Assistant Professor of Political Science Justin Gross, who is also a member of UMass Amherst’s interdisciplinary faculty community known as the Computational Social Science Institute. Professor Gross shared his research findings on Twitter and elections.

The Point Foundation is currently the largest scholarship-granting organization in the United States for LGBTQ and ally students. The organization provides scholarships to students that have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and involvement in the advancement of the LGBTQ community. The scholarships issued are named after their corporate and non-profit donors. The Point Foundation seeks to compensate for the obstacles faced by these students...

Each year the American Political Science Association (APSA) recognizes teaching assistants and professors that have received awards at their college or university for demonstrating excellence in the instruction of political science. APSA acknowledges distinguished faculty members at the organization's annual meeting and presents the recipients with honorary certificates. Additionally, awarded faculty members are featured in an issue of the academic journal PS: Political Science and Politics