Recent Undergraduate Awards and Honors


Michael Denis, a 2016 graduate of the department, was declared a Henry Rutgers Scholar for his senior thesis, "The Elephant’s Red Hand: Paisleyism and the Politics of Unionism in Northern Ireland."  Michael graduated with Highest Honors in Political Science.

Florence Chan and Margarita Rosario, both 2015 graduates of the department, were declared Henry Rutgers Scholars on the basis of their honors thesis work.  Florence wrote a perceptive essay on Japanese foreign policy in light of the post-World War II settlement and American Pacific hegemony while Margarita wrote a thesis on "The Ethics of Entanglement." Both students graduated with Highest Honors in Political Science.

Two of our 2014 graduating seniors were declared Henry Rutgers Scholars: Sabrina Arias and Judith Foo. Sabrina wrote "From Millenium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals: The Future We Want". Faculty adviser: Paul Poast. Judith wrote "A Century of Forgetting: Western Fixation And War Memory Revisionism In Japan". Faculty advisers: Dennis Bathory and Jan Kubik. Sabrina and Judith each wrote a senior thesis that earned highest honors in the eyes of their committees.  Sabrina's research was presented as an Aresty project while Judith's is being used by some of our faculty to explore East Asian foreign policy questions. Judith was also the 2014 Political Science Commencement speaker. 



Katherine King, a senior Political Science major, was awarded “Best Poster” for the social sciences section of the Undergraduate Research Symposium organized by the Aresty Research Center for her poster “Factors Influencing the International Targeting of Journalists, 1992-2002.” Katherine’s poster was based on research assistance she conducted on violence directed against journalists, and was under the supervision of Geoffrey Wallace, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.

Liz Kantor's poster received one of 12 honorable mentions from amongst all Aresty posters in all fields. Liz is an intern with the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, responsible for maintaining the EagletonPoll archives, as well as working on various projects for the poll and for outside clients. She is a class of 2016 SAS Honors student, pursuing a double major in Statistics and Political Science.