2015 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following Department of Political Science award and scholarship recipients for the 2014-15 academic year!


The Engel Prize in Political Science:

Alexander Belman (Junior Recipient)
Jonathan Fox (Senior Recipient)

The Engel Prizes in Political Science were established in 1997 through the generosity of Alan and Sondra Engel. The nomination and selection of awardees is made by faculty teaching courses in the area of law and public affairs.  This is given for outstanding promise in the field of law and public affairs to one rising senior and one graduating senior, with a copy of Black’s Law Dictionary, as well as a monetary prize.  Alan Engel was a member of the Department of Political Science from 1960-1997 when he retired at the rank of Professor. He was very active in university faculty governance and served for many years as one of Miami’s premier pre-law advisors.

Howard White Award:

Ryan Agee Gregory Dick Emily Lakamp Austin Spenzer
Joseph Barton Caitlin Duckworth Zachary Maciaszek Anna Swanson
Tyler Bewley Aubrey Hale Katheryn Mahoney Nicholas Szappanos
Alexander Bibisi Allison Hall Paige Melton Katherine Tank
Mary Black Cameron Harris Jacqueline Morgan Morgan Tendam
Haley Bodager Nicole Hoyer Ryan Muzzarelli Katherine Webster
Ashley Charles Ryoya Kangawa Jessica Parsons Tanner Wolffram
Alexandra Chitwood Caren Kay Beau Samples Blake Woodward
Ramona Costea Jonathan Kramer Safa Shahwan

Howard White was chairman of the Department of Government at Miami University from 1927 to 1958. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Political Science Association from 1938-1941, and President of the Midwest Conference of Political Scientists from 1942-1946. He served as a delegate to the European Conference of Professors of International Law and Relations in 1926 and was a member of the Heidelberg International Workshop on the Social Studies in 1950. In 1959 he participated as a delegate to the Atlantic Council in London, and was also involved in the 5th NATO Parliamentarians Conference in Washington. Active in state and local government and author of many publications, Dr. White had a truly distinguished career as a political scientist.  This award recognizes seniors who have excelled in their scholarship and leadership.

David S. McLellan Award:

Matthew Brandys Wesley Dockery Olivia Grieszmer Julia Prus
Robert Carmichael Jacob Eishen Kayla Kaltenecker Emma Szczupakiewicz
Jared Coppock Paul Fredrick Amy Natoce Taylor Valley
Kean Devine Colin Greig Lana Pochiro Olivia Vandervoort

Born in 1924, David S. McLellan possessed a sharp intellect and remarkable fortitude that produced a noted scholar of international relations and a widely admired teacher who touched the lives of countless of students.  Dr. McLellan's path-breaking research on operational codes of political leaders resulted in critically acclaimed biographies of Secretaries of State Dean Acheson and Cyrus Vance.  David McLellan retired from teaching at Miami in 1990.  This award is given to juniors whose overall academic record and work in the department of political science’s three majors has been outstanding.

Sara C. Glosik Scholarship:

Kyle Denman

Sara Glosik was a native of Brecksville, Ohio, and was a junior at Miami University majoring in Political Science and Finance. She was involved in a number of campus activities, including the lecture board and the multicultural council. She was also an active member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She died an untimely death at the age of 20 in a car accident over Easter weekend of 2002, and her family, friends, and sorority sisters have endowed this scholarship in her memory.  This scholarship is based on academic merit and is awarded to one or more undergraduate students majoring in political science who are rising juniors or seniors.

Irma Karmol Memorial Scholarship:

Lizzy Goodman
Olivia Grieszmer
Julia Prus

This scholarship was established in honor of Irma Karmol, who represented the 44th District in the Ohio House of Representatives. Mrs. Karmol was killed in an automobile accident in 1979, while serving her third term in the state legislature. A former social worker and teacher, she was a ranking Republican on the House Finance and Appropriations Committee and the House Energy and Environment Committee.  Mrs. Karmol’s children are all Miami alumni: David ’75, Jeff ’76, Beth Ann ’80, and Jim ’83. This scholarship is based on merit and is awarded preferably to an upper-level female student majoring in political science.

Gary Best Memorial  Scholarship:

Kean Devine

The Gary L. Best Memorial Award was established by the Department of Government in 1966 to confer high honor upon a student of distinguished scholarship and professional promise. This award pays tribute to the memory of a good friend and colleague, who served at Miami from 1961 until his death in 1964. This award honors the qualities of outstanding scholarship, excellence in teaching, and personal merit reflected in his undergraduate education at Bradley, in his doctoral studies at Northwestern, and in his career as a political scientist at Oregon, Stanford, and Miami. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a rising senior majoring in Political Science who demonstrates excellence and an interest and promise in teaching.

Atlee Pomerene Prize:

Kirsten Fowler

Atlee Pomerene was a graduate of Princeton and the Cincinnati Law School (1886). He became Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, and the General Assembly elected him to the U.S. Senate in 1911. He was largely responsible for framing the historic Webb-Pomerene Act (exempting exporters from the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts), and played a major role in punishing the offenders and rectifying the mischief involved in the Teapot Dome scandals. Later, he became Chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (1933) and chaired the Ohio Convention that ratified the repeal of the 18th Amendment. This prize is awarded to a student who is a rising senior who demonstrates high scholarship generally in collegiate courses, high scholarship in courses of government, and civic leadership evidenced by participation in community affairs, either on or off campus.

Ohio Public Leader Fellows: announced in December 2014

Madison Berry Jonathan Fox Paige Melton Anna Swanson
Haley Bodager Allison Hall Ryan Muzzarelli
Brent Centers Caren Kay Kevin Schrock

The Ohio Public Leaders program provides students with a practical, co-curricular experience that enhances their understanding of the inner-workings of state and local government institutions. Students emerge prepared for success in the arena of public leadership while host organizations benefit from engaging with outstanding young talent. Watch what they had to say about their experiences. (video)

Pi Sigma Alpha Initiates:

Alex Bibisi Lizzy Goodman Ryoya Kangawa Rachel Rizer
Jared Coppock McCall Huey Kyle Mortimer Morgan Tendam
Kirsten Fowler Andy Jeffers Julia Prus
Paul Fredrick Chris Johnson Maggie Reilly

Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas in Austin to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level. It remains the only recognized college honor society in the discipline of political science.

Phi Beta Kappa:

Alex Bibisi Cameron Harris
Jessica Parsons
Brittany Utz
Ashley Charles
Kaitlyn Hawkins
Katie Rourke
Rebecca Vachon
Alexandra Chitwood
Jacqueline Morgan
Katherine Tank
Tanner Wolffram
Gregory Dick
Ryan Muzzarelli
Morgan Tendam
Blake Woodward

Seasongood Good Government Foundation Fellowship:

Aubrey Hale (awardee)
Andrew Geisler (nominee)

For thirty-five years, the Seasongood Foundation has sponsored summer internships with the City of Cincinnati for both undergraduate and graduate students who have a keen interest in local government. This internship program embodies Seasongood'spurposes to "establish internships in local government" and to "attract able young people to government". By working within City offices, the interns get a glimpse of the day to day operations of the city, and how they might fit in with the system in the future.

Ohio Conference of Community Development - Public Service Scholarship

Aubrey Hale

The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) is a nonprofit financial intermediary based in Columbus, Ohio that works with private and public developers to create affordable housing opportunities. OCCH is an independent nonprofit organization with its own board of directors. Its mission is "to cause the construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable housing in Ohio."

Departmental Honors:


Students with an overall grade point average of 3.5 and above, and a 3.7 GPA in the POL, DGP, or PA major, who are at the end of their third year or beginning of their fourth year, are invited to declare their intent to pursue Departmental Honors in Political Science to be completed during their fourth year. Students who may be finishing their degree in 3 years may also apply for their final year. Students must have at least 9 hours in political science coursework at a 300 level or above.

Maher Zouhary Undergraduate Award:

Kyle Denman
Kelsi White

Undergraduate Summer Scholar:

Rebecca Vachon

Fulbright Finalist:

John Steele

Presidential Distinguished Service Award:

Zachary Butler
Caren Kay

U.S. Department of State Internships:

Abigail Burke (alternate)
Kirsten Fowler
Sydney Scribner
Lydia Webb

International Studies Perspectives, Assistant Editors:

Teresa Burch, Production Coordinator
Julia Prus, Submission Coordinator
Emma Szczupakiewicz, Production Coordinator