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.

Larry and Lynne Brown endow professorship in McCourtney Institute for Democracy

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Supporting faculty whose teaching and research preserves and advances democracy in the United States and abroad is the motivation behind the latest leadership gift made by Penn State alumni Larry and Lynne Brown.
The Browns recently made a $500,000 estate commitment to create the Laurence and Lynne Brown-McCourtney Endowed Career Professorship in the College of the Liberal Arts. Matched dollar-for-dollar by the college’s Tracy and Ted McCourtney Endowed Professorship Matching Gift Program, the college can activate the endowment immediately — even before the estate gift has been realized — to establish a Brown-McCourtney Early Career Development Professorship. Upon receipt of the Brown’s estate gift, the early career professorship will be converted to a fully endowed named professorship. full story

Roseanne McManus' book wins honorable mention from APSA Conflict Processes Section

Statements of Resolve: Achieving Coercive Credibility in International Conflict by Roseanne McManus won Honorable Mention for the APSA Conflict Processes Section 2018 Best Book Award. This is the first time the Conflict Processes Section has given an honorable mention for their book award.

This year's Doris Graber Outstanding Book Award goes to Alumna Amber E. Boydstun

Amber E. Boydstun  Amber E. Boydstun (UC Davis), and Penn State University Alumna receives this year's Doris Graber Outstanding Book Award for her excellent book: Making the News: Politics, the Media & Agenda Setting, University of Chicago Press, 2013. 

Undergraduate Briana Blackwell is the Young, Gifted and Black award recipient

Political Science Undergraduate Briana Blackwell received the Young, Gifted and Black award, which highlights Black Pittsburgh residents ages 21-42 "for their outstanding service to the community and their places of work". The proclamation signed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also says "Each year, the honorees represent a large variety of life experiences and professions, including athletic trainers, business and nonprofit leaders, chefs, educators, musicians, and social workers."   Briana was this year's youngest awardee and only undergraduate student.   Briana is graduating this spring and will work with Teach for America next year.