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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

Leila Kawar, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, was awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize by the Law and Society Association. Kawar's book, Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France, was chosen from a competitive pool of nominees for 'best book in law and society scholarship published in 2015'.

Professor Leah Wing presented a panel on "Ethical Principles for Online Dispute Resolution".

Dr. Edwin A. “Ed” Gere Jr. professor emeritus in Political Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst died on May 15, 2016 at the age of 93.

On April 12, 2016 Pi Sigma Alpha surveys political science majors asking them to nominate who they think is the best professor and TA in the department. 

AMHERST, Mass. – Michael Nicholson, of Gardner, a University of Massachusetts Amherst senior majoring in political science and history, was honored May 9 at the State House during the state Department of Higher Education’s “29 Who Shine” ceremony saluting public campus graduates for their civic and academic achievements.

Tenzin Dawa Thargay '18, who served as a fellow at the Tibetan Youth Leadership Conference, speaks after receiving his Salute to Service scholarship award.

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