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Undergraduate representatives needed for 2014-15 academic year
The Political Science BAU Council requires three undergraduate student representatives for the 2014-15 academic year. Nomination forms are available from the Department of Political Science main office, Room 1143 or 1149 Chrysler Hall North. The nomination forms must be completed and submitted to the Political Science Office by Friday, September 12, 2014, by 4:00 pm. Each nomination form requires the signature of the nominee, the nominator and the seconder. All nominees must be Political Science or International Relations majors.

The list of candidates will be posted outside the main department office. Voting for student representatives will take place on Monday, September 15, and Tuesday, September 16, between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon and 1:00 and 4:00 pm in the department office. All students registered as Political Science or IR majors are eligible to vote.

For more information on the elections, please click here to download the information form.

 

GA positions in Political Science posted for fall 2014
In accordance with Article 12:01 of the CUPE 4580 Collective Agreement, the Department of Political Science invites applications for GA positions for the Fall 2014 term. The total number of Graduate Assistantships allocated to the Department of Political Science for 2014/15 is 34 GAs. Please click here to download a list of Fall 2014 courses eligible for GA support.

Please Note: Positions are subject to sufficient enrolment in the courses and financial approval.

Eligibility requirements: GA appointments shall be offered in accordance with the criteria specified in Article 12:03 of the Collective Agreement. The following are additional specific criteria required for the appointments above:  Preference is given to candidates enrolled in the Political Science MA program and to those candidates with a Political Science undergraduate degree. Candidates must be available to attend lectures and host office hours; must have excellent communication skills and have a GPA of at least 78.5%.

Note that a student must maintain full-time registration throughout the term and must be in good standing in order to hold a Graduate Assistantship. A full graduate assistantship requires an average of 10 hours per week for a maximum of 140 hours per semester. Refer to Articles 12, 13, and 14 of the Collective Agreement for eligibility details.

Applications must be submitted to: Sandra Van Zetten in the Department of Political Science, CHN 1149. Deadline for receiving applications: August 7, 2014 or until positions are filled.

 

Congrats to our 2014 Political Science and IR grads!
Several students graduated with their BA and MA degrees in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Windsor's convocation on June 12, 2014. If you missed the university's convocation ceremonies, you can watch the archived webcast here (sessions 3 and 4 include Political Science and IR program graduates). Many of our BA graduates are headed on to careers in the public and private sectors, or continuing their education in grad programs at schools such as Carleton, Dalhousie, and Western, as well as our own MA program at Windsor. Our MA graduates who walked across the stage today have also moved into exciting work in public service and the non-profit and private sectors, as well as further education in political science, political economy, and law. We congratulate all of our 2014 graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

 

Debate club's first event a big success
The Political Science Debate Club held its inaugural event on April 23, 2014. Two teams of two students eachdebated topical questions on the future of the United Nations and the importance of party discipline in the Canadian House of Commons. The judges (Dr. Cheryl Collier and Dr. John Sutcliffe) were very impressed with the quality of the debates and the participants’ preparation and delivery.

A second event will be held in September once the fall academic semester starts again, with the intention of working to develop a departmental debating team that will participate in debate competitions across the province and beyond.

Many thanks go to Chad Curtis for all his work in setting up the event.

 

Political Science students win multiple awards
Several undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Political Science have won scholarship and research awards this year. Graduating fourth year students Chad Curtis, Paige Gouin, and Meagan Hugall have all received SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) awards to carry out MA research at Dalhousie, Carleton, and Western univerities, respectively. Chad has also received the Keens-Morden Scholarship from Dalhousie. Current MA students have also recived numerous scholarship awards this year:

Faculty of Graduate Studies Endowment Awards

  • Robert Powers - James Molnar Graduate Scholarship
  • Richard Dwomoh - A.R. and E.G. Ferriss Award
  • Tyson McMann - A.R. and E.G. Ferriss Award
  • Mark Fortier-Brynaert - A.R. and E.G. Ferriss Award

Graduate Studies in Political Science

  • Richard Dwomoh - Steven and Vicki Adams Scholarship
  • Robert Powers - Steven and Vicki Adams Scholarship
  • Akwasi Owusu - Dr. Sourinda Dutta Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to all of our scholarship and award winners this year!

 
 
Departmental Debate Club forming - first Debate Event on April 23
The Department of Political Science is delighted to announce the formation of a department Debate Club, with the inaugural debate to be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Toldo 203, beginning at 2:00 PM. The debate will follow traditional Canadian parliamentary style (read about this here), and will focus on two issues:
  • Debate 1: “This House believes that Members of Parliament should not be forced to vote along party lines.”
  • Debate 2: “This House believes that the United Nations has failed and should be dissolved.”

Come and listen or participate in the first ever Political Science Debate Event. You will have the chance to vote for the winning debaters and to win door prizes!

Following the deabte, third-year law student and Windsor Political Science BA and MA graduate Brady Donohue will lead an information session on applying for and succeeding in law school. Brady has successfully navigated the law school application process, has secured a top articling position, and is on this year’s law school adjudication committee.

If you would like to be a part of this debate event as a particiapnt or an observer, please RSVP to Chad Curtis at curtisq (at) uwindsor.ca in advance. You can also download the event flyer by clicking here.

 

MA graduate working on energy development in Africa
Michael Pietrzak, who gradauted with his MA from Windsor's Department of Political Science, was recetly featured in the Windsor Star for his entrepreneurial and development work in sub-Saharan Africa, where his company LightSeed Energy, is working to bring renewable energy generation and infrastructure to rural communities. Read more about his work here.

 

Windsor Political Science/IR students take top honours at Model NATO
One of two teams of University of Windsor students, all majors in the department's Political Science and International Relations programs, won top honours at the 13th annual Carleton University Model NATO Conference, held in Ottawa and hosted by Carleton University. The team, representing Germany in a simulation of a potential diplomatic and security crisis faced by NATO, claimed "the Dr. Lee Windsor Award for best overall delegation and four awards for best committee work" at the conference. The winning team (pictured at right) included Adam Bednarick, Clement Burgess-Hulme, Paige Gouin, Kyle Sousa, and Jacob DeJong, while a second University of Windsor team (Jacob Godfrey, Justin Tubaro, Abigail Roelens, Brad Moroun, and Shane Chappus, all first-year students) represented Hungary in the simulation. Gouin told the Windsor Star that "I think we represented our university and our city well. You don’t have to live in Ottawa to have great political science programs and I think they were surprised by that." You can read more about the team's win here from the University's Daily News and in the Windsor Star.