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Five students were recognized on Monday 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:

UMass Political Science Professor Ray La Raja recently contributed to the CATO Institute's Cato Unbound Forum focusing on Campaign Finance Reform.

As part of the U.S Embassy’s Study for United States Institutes (SUSI) program in Pakistan, six current and recent UMass Amherst political science students arrived in Islamabad on Monday for a week-long stay, during which they’ll attend an international youth conference, tour some of the region’s landmarks and speak to news outlets there about cross-cultural education and exchange. 

Assistant Professor Regine Spector will be spending this summer studying the social impacts of economic change in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan. Spector received the grant along with Stephen Jones (Mt. Holyoke College) and Audrey Alstadt (History Department at UMass)to conduct a Five College Faculty-Student Summer Reseach Seminar.

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) has awarded its annual Book Award (2013) to Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice (The Hague:  Eleven International Publishing, 2012).

Stuart Shulman, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Vice President for Text Analytics at Vision Critical, will be an invited speaker at Citizen Voices, the Global Conference on Citizen Engagement for Enhanced Development Impact, at the World Bank on March 18.

According to organizers, "the conference will position the citizen engagement agenda as essential for effective development, move from knowledge to action, and establish concrete partnerships for scaling up at global and national levels."

“I am a TV news anchor at Fox 5 in Atlanta,” says Tom Haynes ’94. “And trust me, every bit of what I do in my job today was cultivated during my four years at UMass.”

Moving from an Intro to American Politics or Political Theory course to TV, may not seem like an obvious step for political science majors. But that’s exactly what happened for Haynes.

Alix Olson, PhD candidate in Political Science, has been awarded a 2013-2014 Center for Research on Families Family Research Fellowship. As a fellow, Olson will continue work on "queer(y)ing permenant partnership." 

Political Science graduate student Tyler Schuenemann has been awarded a 2013 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. Department of State. Under this program, Schuenemann will spend the summer learning advanced Arabic through an intensive immersion program based at Alexandria University in Egypt.

This language study will better prepare Schuenemann for his dissertation field work, which will examine practices of sacrifice by those resisting and enforcing the state in the contemporary Middle East.

AMHERST, Mass. – Renée Barouxis, of Westfield, Mass., a junior enrolled in Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The prestigious award is for outstanding students preparing for careers in public service. She was chosen from a pool of 629 applications from 293 colleges and universities, and vies to be among the 60-65 college juniors to be selected nationwide.