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Banaszak named to Commission to find fair redistricting solutions

Governor Tom Wolf is taking action to build on the bipartisan support for making Pennsylvania’s redistricting process more fair and nonpartisan. The governor signed an executive order today establishing the bipartisan Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission. Lee Ann Banaszak, Department Head and Professor of Political Science, has been named one of the 15 members to serve the commission to find fair redistricting solutions. 

https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/psu-professor-to-help-with-congressional-map/1641886526

https://www.governor.pa.gov/governor-wolf-creates-commission-find-fair-redistricting-solutions/

Political Science graduate student, Chuyu Liu, is a multiple award winner

Political Science graduate student, Chuyu Liu, is a multiple award winner

Ph.D. candidate, Chuyu Liu, has received 2017-2018 Robert S. Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2018 RGSO Dissertation Support Award which provides financial support of research-related expenditures associated with a dissertation, and 2017-2018 Outstanding Political Science Graduate Student Award. His research is published or forthcoming in Energy Policy, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of East Asian Studies, Security Studies, and The China Review. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science. He studies international relations, with a special focus on ethnic conflict, domestic terrorism, and East-Asian security.  He has applied a variety of methods, including experiment, game theory, qualitative archival work, and statistical analysis in his work.

Matthew J. Denny wins the Poster Award at the Penn State Graduate Exhibition, 2018

Matthew J. Denny wins the Poster Award at the Penn State Graduate Exhibition, 2018

Ph.D. candidate, Matthew Denny won 2018 Penn State Graduate Exhibition Poster Award. Forty-one graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 33rd Annual Graduate Exhibition, held March 23 and 25 on Penn State's University Park campus. More than 220 graduate students participated in the 2018 Graduate Exhibition which included 214 graduate student participants in the research poster presentation option.

http://gradschool.psu.edu/exhibition/awards/?mobileFormat=false#researc

 

Giovanni Castro wins the 2018-2019 American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Award

Giovanni Castro wins the 2018-2019 American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Award

Graduate student, Giovanni Castro, won the American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Award for 2018-2018. The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline. Since its inception, the APSA MFP has designated more than 500 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals. Each year, APSA awards up to 12 funded fellowships in the amount of $4,000. Recently, APSA introduced a new spring round of the MFP awards for graduate students in the pre-dissertation stage of their career. This year the spring cycle MFP awards are available in the form of a one-time award ranging between $500-$1500 (depending upon funding availability), to support expenses related to PhD graduate study for first and second year political science PhD students from underrepresented groups. 

https://www.apsanet.org/mfp/current-recipients

Scott Piazza wins $5,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation

Scott Piazza wins $5,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation

Graduate student, Scott Piazza, won a $5,000 dissertation research grant from the Charles Koch Foundation. The Charles Koch Foundation supports the study of the institutions that enable a society of mutual benefit where people succeed by helping others improve their lives. Through grants to universities and non-profit organizations, they connect students and scholars with the resources to explore diverse ideas and solutions that meet the challenges of our day. The Charles Koch Foundation, founded in 1980, continues to support education by funding research and education that helps people expand their horizons, develop their skills, and help others.

https://www.charleskochfoundation.org/