2019-20 Graduate Student Awards

2019-20 Graduate Student Awards goes to Michael Soules, Connor Somgynari, Ishita Gopal

We would like to congratulate this year’s graduate student award winners: 

Outstanding Political Science Graduate Student Award: Michael Soules

Michael is a fourth year student who has received a PEIR fellowship last year and RGSO funding to hire undergraduate researchers. Michael is creating an original database for his dissertation (this is nearly complete). He has has published one solo-authored article and has two more R&Rs, both solo-authored.  

Robert S. Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching: Connor Somgynari

The graduate studies committee was impressed with Connor's performance as the instructor of PLSC 14 (Introduction to International Relations) in summer 2019. One student wrote: “The syllabus was very well organized and assignments were laid out very well. The notes in class helped me learn the best.” 

Best Political Science Master’s Essay, 2019-20: Ishita Gopal

Ishita's master’s essay, entitled “Timing of Online Censorship” has been selected as the 2019-2020 Best Political Science Master’s Essay by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.  We look forward to hearing more about her work in the near future. The student will receive a research account.