2020 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following Department of Political Science award and scholarship recipients for the 2019-20 academic year.


The Engel Prize in Political Science:

Morgan Uveges (Rising Senior)
Ryan Reding (Graduating Senior)

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:

Political Science
Megan Georgianna Burtis
Kayla Marie Groneck
Arman Aboutorabi
Tobias Paul
Emily Catherine Froude
Blake Alan Mullennix
Patrick Riley Newell
Cameron A Metz
Shelby Elizabeth Frye
Jacob Alan Dilley
Taylor Anne Gordon
Julia Marigold Carroll
Andrea Nicole Coffey
Kaycee Celine Siebler
Jacob Francis Norton
Joseph Glenn Trivette
Tess Von Hemel
Megan Kylee Cremeans
Madeline Rae Marshall
Ryan Allisa Reding
Bridget Daly Dickens
Benjamin Alan Sorg
Meredith Esther Schwager
Connor Joseph McAfee
Tanner Van Nguyen
Isabel Rene Bielamowicz
Kayleigh M Bernow
Haley Amber George
Nina Catherine Franco
Claire Frances Robenalt
Julia Marie Pjevach
Riley M Fessler
Maxwell Richard Lemen
Morgan Lee McCracken
Emily Noelle Cain
Dion Elaine Mensah
Jessica Nicole von Zastrow
Darren Heng-Yen Woon
Justice Morgan Hubbard
Mallory C Sanchez
Samantha Joan Brunn
Madison Jacqueline Britt
Julian Abigail Caruso
Deryn Elizabeth Murphy
Abigail Legan Smith
Tristan Dalton Diegel
Nikhila Gundimeda
Yuri Alexander Klinkenbergh
Public Administration Diplomacy & Global Politics Public Health-Policy & Admin
Ruth Ostrreicher
Katelyn Renee Hunt
Mary Alexandra Stall
Ally L Roberts
Alyssa Marie Francis
Juliana Scolaro
Austin Lorenzo
Brandon S Yang
Bowen Yuan
Sarah Nicole Gaddy
Elizabeth Colette Springer
Jonathan Grant Maxwell
Caitlyn Goldwater Holt
Vincent Michael Sears
Chloe Rose Meier
Megan Elizabeth Kelley
Maggie Jo McCutcheon
Cassidy W Hemm
Kendall Rose Wood
Gabrielle Marie Luxardo

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.

Cyril Kofie Daddieh Award:

Political Science
Allison Quinn South
Oliver Borchers-Williams
Sydney P Hoffman
Morgan Elizabeth Uveges
Owen J Dean
Alexander William Dyer
Bria Lin Terbanc
Blair Jones Hassett
Caroline Noel Roethlisberger
Paige Haleigh Johnson
Jordan Marie Gifford
Jacob Dylan Bemis
Isabella J Schwarze
Brynn Hatton
Andrew Hagop Devedjian
Caitlin Izabella Wright
Savannah Noel Powell
Megan J Szwanek
Rachel N Kraemer
Duncan Aidan Burke
Kathryn Adrienne Blowers
Annette Lane Penland
Public Administration Diplomacy & Global Politics Public Health-Policy & Admin
Leora Ellie Bernard
Jessica Ann Spitler
Leigh Elizabeth Ziegler
Rae Michael Moro
Michael John Seidensticker
Nancy Christine Pellegrino
Spencer Alexander Orsel Silbey
Katherine Marilyn Coate
Hallie Jo Filson
Caroline Webster Atlas
Taylor B Rathe
Abigail MacKenzie Heinz
Gracie I Evans
Jessica S Enhelder

Cyril Kofie Daddieh was a professor at Miami University from 2006 until his death in 2017.  Daddieh joined Miami University in 2006 as director of black world studies and professor of political science. He served as director for five years. After that, he returned to research and teaching in the political science department where he taught international relations and black world studies courses for the next six years.  Daddieh was born in Jaway, Ghana, and each year, he spent his summer break conducting research in Ghana and the Côte d’Ivoire and writing about his findings.  For several presidential election cycles in Ghana, he participated as an election monitor through the Ghanaian Center for Democracy and Development. He wrote a myriad of articles on the political economy and electoral system in Ghana. 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

Blair Hassett
Isabelle Arbetter

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:

Taylor Gordon
Emily McClary

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

Leora Bernard

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

No award presented this year

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.

Augustus J. "Gus" Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Zoe Douglas
Gretchen Blackwell

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

No recipients this year

Ohio Public Leader Fellows:

Kelleigh Beatty
Clare DiCuccio
Joe Humenick
Austin Lorenzo
Edith Lui
Morgan McCracken
Dion Mensah
Blake Mullennix
Selena Mungur
Lauren Strope
Nitya Sunil
Dan Wozniak

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:

Julia Carroll
Clare DiCuccio
Blair Hassett
Megan Kelley
Samantha Moore
Preston Polen
Katie Sciales
Brendan Scott
Ashwin Shenoy
Charles Skaggs
Allison South
Hannah Specogna

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:

Samantha Brunn
Sara Carnahan
Julia Carroll
Julian Caruso
Andrea Coffey
Megan Cremeans
Benjamin Deeter
Bridget Dickens
Jacob Dilley
Courtney Faber
Riley Fessler
Annika Fowler
Nina Franco
Shelby Frye
Haley George
Taylor Gordon
Justice Hubbard
Megan Kelley
Maxwell Lemen
Austin Lorenzo
Madeline Marshall
Connor McAfee
Morgan McCracken
Dion Mensah
Makenzie Mercer
Jacob Norton
Molly O'Donnell
Rachel Paul
Julia Pjevach
Adrian Radila
Ryan Reding
Claire Robenalt
Mallory Sanchez
Caroline Schuster
Meredith Schwager
Benjamin Sorg
Joseph Trivette
Darren Woon
Brandon Yang

Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education.

Seasongood Good Government Foundation Fellowship

Megan Cremeans, finalist

Since 1975, 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's purposes 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.

Departmental Honors:

Julia Carroll
Annika Fowler
Shelby Frye
Nina Franco
Taylor Gordon
Dion Mensah
Tobias Paul
Joseph Trivette

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.

Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize

No award presented this year

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Madeline Marshall

Miami University Board of Trustees

Megan Cremeans - 2020 (2018)
Amitoj Kaur - 2022 (2020)

2020 Presidential Distinguished Service Award

Cecilia Comerford (DGP)
Megan Cremeans (POL)
Annika Fowler (POL)
Shelby Frye (POL)
Cassidy Hemm (PH-POLICY)
Joseph Trivette (POL)

Provost Student Academic Achievement Award

Taylor Gordon
Shelby Frye

Senior Service Leadership Scholars

Kelleigh Beatty
Cecilia Comerford
Jordan Conner
Megan Cremeans
Ben Deeter
Marin Deevers
Ceili Doyle
Brandon Druffner
Imani Fields
Annika Fowler
Effie Fraley
Alyssa Francis
Shelby Frye
George Hayley
Max Giuliano
Nikhila Gundimeda
Cassidy Hemm
Matthew Houk
Justice Hubbard
Austin Lorenzo
Edith Lui
Madeline Marshall
Maggie McCutcheon
Dion Mensah
Alex Nelson
Andy Rice
Brandon Sigars
Hannah Specogna
Ali Stall
Joseph Trivette
Alex Wright
Rachel Zurilla

The Senior Service Leadership Award honors Miami students who have demonstrated meritorious service in the areas of Campus Life, Community Service, Employee Service, and Intellectual & Cultural Leadership (descriptions below). Eligible students include December 2019 and January 2020 graduates, and those graduating in May or August 2020. Each senior nominated will receive the award and receive a ribbon-medallion to wear with their commencement robes. This award recognizes approximately 10% of the graduating class.

JANUS Executive Committee

Annika Fowler
Matthew Houk
Justin Grega
Spencer Silbey


Nikki Gundiemec (Fall)
Justice Hubbard (Spring)

International Studies Perspectives

Editorial Assistant - Kelleigh Beatty

Departmental Assistants

Megan Cremeans
Zoe Douglas
Blair Hassett

Rachel Kraemer
Allison South

Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs Interns

Edith Lui
Rae Moro
Juliana Scolaro

updated: 4/27/2020