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UWillDiscover Undergraduate Research Conference coming up
The University of Windsor will be hosting an undergraduate research conference, UWillDiscover, in March 2015. Students interested in participating can submit proposals up through February 5 February 9, 2015. Please check the conference website for details on submission criteria and procedures. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your research and presentation skills in a supportive and engaging academic setting. The conference is a collaborative project supported by the Outstanding Scholars program, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Research and Innovation Services, and the Office of Open Learning.


Special Election - Undergrad Representative needed for Winter 2015

Update! Congratulations to winner of the special election Jacob Godfrey, and thank you to all those students who put their names forward as candidates.

The Political Science BAU Council requires one Undergraduate Student Representative for the remainder of the 2014-2015 academic year (one student rep has graduated and now needs to be replaced). Nomination forms are available from the Political Science Office, Room 1143 or 1149 Chrysler Hall North, or can be downloaded by clicking here. The nomination form must be completed and submitted to the Political Science Office by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 16, 2015. Each nomination form requires the signature of the nominee, the nominator and the seconder. All students must be registered in either the Political Science or International Relations programs.

Voting for student representatives will take place on Monday, January 19, 2015 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm and 1:00 and 4:00 pm. The list of candidates will be posted outside of Room 1143 CHN. You MUST bring your student ID card when you vote, and you must be a Political Science or IR major to vote.

The student representatives are required to attend meetings of the Political Science BAU Council. Each will also be elected to one or more Committees of the Political Science Council. The major committees are Appointments; Promotion, Tenure and Renewal; Undergraduate; Recruitment and Retention; and Faculty Coordinating Council Representative. Student representatives are full voting members of Council, and their input is very important in Council deliberations. 


Windsor Political Science and IR students at Model UN
In early November 2014, Windsor Model United Nations (WinMUN) sent the university's first-ever delegation team to participate in a MUN conference, hosted at Queen's University. The team ventured to the Queen's campus in Kingston, Ontario to debate and negotiate on political issues both historic and contemporary. From the Crusades to the Cold War, the WinMUN delegates articulated innovative policies and engaged in practical, productive diplomacy with their fellow delegates from across Canada.

Windsor Model UN (WINMUN)

WinMUN delegates at the Queen's Model UN Conference. Pictured (left to right): Eric Hubberstey, Mason Herberholz, Fatir Ali, Hirondelle Heredia Cortés, Arianne Saltron, Samra Levnjak.

This is only the beginning of a very bright future for UWindsor's Model United Nations club. If you would like to get involved, come to one of the reuglar WinMUN meetings. More info on WinMUN can be found on the group's website


Congratulations to our 2013-14 Dean's Honour Roll students

Several Political Science and International Relations majors finished the 2013-14 academic year on the Dean's Honour Roll. To make the Honour Roll, students must have completed at least 10 courses by the end of the academic year and maintain an 80 average. Congratulations to all of our outstanding majors for your hard work and success!

Communication, Media and Film, and Political Science
Jessaline Fynbo

English and Political Science
Nathan Devries

History and Political Science
Paisley Bartiam, John-Michael Markovic, Robert Moore

Concurrent BA Political Science/Bed/ECE
Miriam Elkeeb

International Relations and Development Studies
James Carvalho, Adam Zvric

Political Science
Chad Curtis, Patrick Delmore, Michael Dodich, Trevor Fairlie, Paige Gouin, Luke Harmon, Meagan Hugall, Urosh Opacic, Rebecca Robinet, Tina Savic, Hilana Sayed, Ken Ternoey

Political Science, Bilingual Specialization
Veronique Champoux

Political Science and History
Amanda Alchin, Sean Antaya

Political Science and Philosophy
James Dunn

Political Science, Law and Politics Specialization
Zachary Battiston, Ryan Beauchamp, Chelsea Bonneau, Zachary McGinnis, Sean Moxon, Andrea Ruys

Criminology and Political Science
Brett Severin


Student election results
Election results for recent votes on AAU council undergraduate and graduate representatives and USIRPS officers for the 2014-15 academic year are now in. The three unergraduate representatives on the faculty AAU council this year are Trevor FairliePatrick MacKinlay, and Tina Savic, while Robert Powers will serve as graduate student representative on council.

Students voted in several USIRPS officers as well. Trevor Fairlie will serve as President this academic year, with Jacob Godfrey as Vice-President. Alanna Foulon will be the USIRPS Treasurer, and Geoffrey Alchin will be the group's Secretary. Brittany York and Tanya Van Dongen are the representatives for, repsectively, the first year students and the second year students.

Congratulations to all who won election this year, and thanks to all who ran for these posts. 


Political Science Help Centre returns for fall 2014
The Political Science Help Centre is back for another semester in fall 2014. The hours this fall are:

Monday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Wednesday, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Thursday, 4:00 to 6:00 pm

No need for an appointment, just drop in, and senior undergraduate teaching assistants are available to help you with papers and other assignments, study tips, effective exam preparation, note-taking, organizing study groups, and more. The Help Centre will be open on the days and times listed above through the end of the semester. Read more on the Help Centre web page.


Get involved in USIRPS! Elections on Sept 30 and Oct 1
The Undergraduate Society for International Relations and Political Science Students (USIRPS) is holding elections for executive positions. Nomination forms are available from the Political Science Office, Room 1149 Chrysler Hall North. Nomination forms must be completed and submitted to the Political Science office no later than Thursday, September 26, at 4:00 pm.  Each nomination form requires the signature of the nominee, the nominator, and the seconder.

The positions available are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, 1st Year Representative, 2nd Year Representative, and 3rd Year Representative. The list of candidates for each position will be posted outside the main department office in 1149 CHN. Voting will take place on Monday, September 30, 2014, and Tuesday, October 1, 2014, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, in the main department office in 1149 CHN. All students registered as Political Science or International Relations majors or combined majors are eligible to vote. You MUST bring your student ID card when you vote.

All nominees for USIRPS positions must be Political Science or International Relations majors or combined majors.  Requirements for the different positions are as follows: the president must be a 3rd or 4th year student, the vice president, treasurer and secretary must be at least a 2nd year student, and the 1st year, 2nd year, and 3rd year representatives must be in their respective years. Other positions such as webmaster and events coordinator may be appointed at a later date.


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) 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.