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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.

Daniel LaChance, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, has been selected as a fellow with the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University.

A 90-minute film changed how Renée Barouxis '14 sees the world. As part of a class assignment she watched the documentary "Miss Representation" which describes the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in the U.S. Since viewing the film, she has been inspired to further examine how women successfully assume leadership.

“If you had asked me when I graduated from high school what I would be doing a decade later, I never would have said ‘college professor,’” says Asst. Prof. Bruce Desmarais (political science). But as his college career at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) developed, Desmarais became captivated with the social sciences and teaching. Today his research focuses on political methodology, American politics, and an emerging cross-disciplinary field, Computational Social Science.

Ashley Berger ’13 (legal studies/history) claims to have entered UMass as the average freshman. However, as she progressed through her undergraduate career, Berger’s determined attitude and drive to succeed made her a standout.

Incredibly ambitious, Berger’s motivation to study law began at home “I think I started to realize what law is during my parents’ divorce,” Berger reflects, noting that she grew up in a single parent household with her mom and younger brother. “I think that environment made me the person I am today.”

On February 13, 2013, the Department of Political Science welcomed seven alumni back to campus to participate in the speed-networking event, Life After UMass: Careers in Political Science and Legal Studies.

“Political Science and Legal Studies prepare students for a wide variety of careers,” says Brian Schaffner, Department Chair. “The Department wanted to showcase the plethora of opportunities for our students and provide specific examples of how the skills students learn in our classes translate into exciting careers.”

Like many alums, Emily Zimmerman ’09 recognizes the value of internships. In fact, her current career – that of a Speechwriter and Public Affairs Specialist for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – began with an internship at the EPA during her senior year at UMass.

“The best time to meet people and figure out what you like and what you don't like in a career is when you are a student,” she says. “It's the best way to get a glimpse of a full time job.”

Bruce Desmarais, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has been named a Research Fellow at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) for the academic year 2013-2014.

Professor Desmarais will be in residence at SAMSI during this time to participate in their Computational Methods in Social Sciences program