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Five students were recognized yesterday at the annual Junior Senior Legal Studies Luncheon. The students received awards for a combination of academic excellence and commitment to community service. Award winners include:

Twenty nine Political Science and Legal Studies majors have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society.  These students have demonstrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and a commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. Nationally, only about one in one hundred college seniors are invited to join this prestigious academic honors society.

Congratulations to:

Josue Lopez '13 (Legal Studies), took first place at the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) National Championships on April 7, 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO.

Lopez is president and founder of the intercollegiate Boxing Team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has trained with local coach and former Western Massachusetts Golden Glove champion Rocky Snow since 2010. “We’re very proud of Josh,” Coach Snow said in a telephone interview. “He has worked hard for this.”

“I enjoy trying jury cases,” says Stephen G. Anderson ’74, a partner at Fuller, Rosenberg, Palmer, and Beliveau in Worcester, MA. “Trials involve a tremendous amount of preparation, and preparing an effective cross examination takes hours,” he says. But the hours spent preparing for trial is worth it: “Fundamentally, I believe if you do what you love, you’ll love what you do!”

PhD student Candan Turkkan has received the 2011-2012 Best MA Award from the New School for Social Research for her master's thesis, "State, Autonomy, Distance: An Ethnography of Bureaucracy."

At UMass, Turkkan's research explores political theory and ethnography. She is researching the relationship between law and politics, theories of constitutional law, state formation and bureaucracy, and nationalism. 

She holds a bachelor degree from Sabanci University and MAs from the New School and New York University.

Five political science and legal studies majors were recognized by the Alumni Association for their outstanding academic acheivements, leadership, and community service. 

Faculty members John Brigham, Barbara Cruikshank, Judy Holmes, and Athena King, and Teaching Assistants Alix Olson and Melinda Tarsi have been awarded 2012 Residential First-Year Experience (RFYE) Student Choice Awards.

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 scholarship program. Each winner will be acknolwedged at the annual Senior Celebration and Scholarship Reception on April 25. Congratulations to all!

Luther A. Allen Scholarship

Elizabeth Landry ’13
Nicole Mannello ’13
Rachael Palmer ’13
Evan Pleasant ’14
Danielle Sekurski ’13
Brigid Thompson ’14

David A. Booth Scholarship

Alannah Driscoll-Sbar ’13

Daniel & Mary Feder Scholarship

Elizabeth Keenan ’12

Edwin A. Gere, Jr. Scholarship

Alix Olson, political science PhD student, will be a featured speaker at the Woodstock Writers Festival in Woodstock, New York from April 19th - 22nd. The Festival, coined "Occupy Woodstock," is " 3 1/4 days of books" bringing together some of the nation's leading authors and artists. 

Olson, a spoken word artist and poet, will convene a workshop and presentation with acclaimed poets Sonia Sanchez (Philadelphia's Poet Laureate), Joan Larkin, and John Murillo. The four authors will explore the role of poetry in the current politically-charged climate. 

Eight UMass alumni gathered on campus March 29 to help prospective law students understand the reality of law school and legal careers as part of the annual Careers in Law speed networking event sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Commonwealth College, and the Pre-Law Advising Office.

Alumni participants included:

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