Fall 2014 Vol. 24 No. 1

One On One – Dana Parke

The college experience can really be all about what you make it. For Dana Parke, four years at Oakland University was a chance to shine. The Nu Omega member was selected to deliver the Winter 2013 Student Commencement Address after an exceptional record. A triple major in International Relations, African Studies and French Language & […]

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Why IRB Matters: A Real-Life Example from a Political Science Experiment Gone Wrong

Why IRB Matters: A Real-Life Example from a Political Science Experiment Gone Wrong Melissa R. Michelson, Menlo College October 31, 2014 Details continue to emerge about a get-out-the-field experiment that came to light last Friday. The experiment, fielded by three political science professors, involved the sending of mailers to registered voters in California, Montana, and […]

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Getting In: A Primer for Writing a Successful Conference Proposal

Getting In: A Primer for Writing a Successful Conference Proposal By Leanne Power Students increasingly have opportunities to present their research at departmental, school, and national conferences. Most presentations and posters start as proposals, which conference organizers then review. Applications often outnumber available slots, so organizers must be selective in which papers they accept. The […]

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From Undergraduate Journal of Politics Faculty Advisor Terri L. Towner

From Undergraduate Journal of Politics Faculty Advisor Terri L. Towner In 2004, the Executive Council of Pi Sigma Alpha approved the creation the Undergraduate Journal of Politics. The Journal is a student-run, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing exceptional undergraduate research in all subfields of Political Science. In the fall of 2013, Oakland University’s Nu Omega […]

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From the University of South Florida Campuswide Straw Poll

From the University of South Florida Campuswide Straw Poll By Zeta Pi Chapter at University of South Florida Races for Governor and Cabinet, Proposed Constitutional Amendments Pi Sigma Alpha Zeta Pi Chapter with USF Honors College, USF Student Government Association Only university campus in Florida System that conducts a straw poll before every general election […]

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PSA Student Spotlight

The chosen student for our Spotlight for Fall 2014 is Conor Brooks, President of the Gettysburg Chapter this year. FEARLESS: CONOR BROOKS From Surge Gettysburg Recently named College Democrat of the Year for the entire state of Pennsylvania, Conor Brooks '15 fearlessly advocates for political awareness, involvement, and participation, uses his leadership skills to affect […]

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PSA Faculty Spotlight

Our chosen candidate for the Faculty Spotlight for the Fall 2014 PSA newsletter is Paulina S. Rippere from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. Paulina serves as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she will serve as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Washington, […]

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Pi Sigma Alpha President’s Note – Fall 2014

By: Stephen J. Farnsworth A political film series, with each film followed by faculty-led student discussions over pizza. A community forum on immigration policy alternatives. A statewide undergraduate political science research conference. A semester-long tutoring program involving honor society members and students from a nearby middle school where many immigrant children are struggling to learn […]

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Taking Good Notes

By: Stephen V. Miller This blog post is a written complement to a talk I gave to Clemson University students on Friday, September 12th. I provide the slides to that talk here. The subject of the talk was on note-taking in class. Professors expect students to take good notes in class. Students attempt to take […]

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