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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. 

Henry Barr'68 is recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Barr is the senior partner of the law firm of Barr and Cole. He has served UMass Amherst as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Center for Public Policy and Administration Advisory Board, and UMass Amherst Foundation, to name a few. He has also endowed a scholarship fund allowing urban youth from the West End House Boys and Girls Club of Allston, MA to attend UMass Amherst.  

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:

In Beijing for her junior year, Wendy Simon-Pearson ’12 had eye-opening experiences typical of students abroad: visits to exotic landmarks, strange encounters on trains, language hurdles. But, as a participant in the UMass Amherst International Scholars Program, Simon-Pearson also made deep connections on her trip. “I was better prepared to have real conversations with Chinese people as a result of my studies,” she says, explaining how she learned to empathize with people who might accept living in an undemocratic system or agree with China’s one-child policy.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Samantha Schnoerr, a first year student at Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Samantha Schnoerr will spend the fellowship working at UAW International Union in Detroit, MI. The application process is highly competitive, and the award was based on her outstanding qualifications.

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