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Department of Political Science Announcements

Posted 2/6: Scholarships

The Political Science Scholarship application portals are up and running. The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2024. Students can apply for the Stanoch Family scholarship, the Judith Hicks Stiehm award, the Steve Brenton Health policy award, the Belzer Award, the Thomas L.W. Johnson scholarship and the Roberta Hornig Draper award by completing only 1 application, the Political Science Scholarship application.

More Information Here

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must have at least one semester remaining after the semester in which they apply.

Apply Here

Posted 2/6: Senior Thesis

If you plan to write a senior thesis for political science credit during the 2024-25 academic year, you are required to submit an application by May 1. 

Senior theses are only required for students seeking Honors in the Political Science major.  A thesis is NOT required for the major. 

Here is the link to the application.

It would be helpful for students who intend to apply to write a senior thesis next year to schedule an appointment with Amy Gangl, the instructor for the senior thesis seminar, through Starfish prior to submitting your application.


 Announcements from Outside the Department

Posted 2/22: Non-UW Program

American Enterprise Institute hosts a Summer Honors Program: an intensive, fully-funded educational and professional development opportunity in Washington, DC. Participants in the program have the chance to connect with the ideas, research, and network of the American Enterprise Institute during a one-week seminar with an AEI scholar or partner instructor.

The program assembles a diverse cohort of students from a wide range of ideological perspectives to engage in substantive dialogue and debate about the most pressing issues facing the country and world. The core feature of the program is a series of discussion-based seminars that offer participants forums to delve deeply into policy areas of their choice. Outside of the seminars, students participate in briefings with distinguished guests, high-level networking opportunities, and site visits in Washington.

Apply by March 1st

Posted 2/15: Non-UW Program

Summer Diplomatic Academy

In person & online | 8-30 July 2024

The Washington International Diplomatic Academy’s summer course is a unique practical professional training program that introduces undergraduate and graduate students to careers in international diplomacy by allowing them to learn from and work with career ambassadors with decades of experience.

Application deadline: 31 March 2024

Please click here for more details and to apply.

Posted 2/9: Careers

Spring CIA Campus Events

Curious about how your UW-Madison education could lead to a career in national security? On February 22nd and 23rd, representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will be visiting campus to connect with students and share information about internships and full-time careers.

Internships & Careers with CIA: Thursday, February 22nd 12:00-1:00pm

Simulation – What it’s like to use your skills in the Directorate of Operations: Thursday, February 22nd 1:30-3:00pm

CIA Office Hours (30 minutes each): Friday, February 23rd 9:00am-4:00pm

Register now to save your spot! Please note that you must specify which session(s) you plan to attend in order to successfully register. If a session you are interested in does not appear on the registration form, it is full. Check back later to see if spots open up. All sessions will take place in-person at the SuccessWorks office, and will not be recorded.

Posted 2/9: Funding Opportunity (Non-UW)

TurnUp Activism is a nonprofit focused on supporting civic engagement, youth activism, and youth voter turnout. They are seeking proposals for a $25,000 TurnUp Civic Tech Challenge!

They are looking for students to share their ideas for a civic technology project that will promote youth voter registration, turnout, or activism. They fund projects in any phase, whether they’re still in ideation or already up and running.

 Information and application can be found here.

Posted 2/6: Careers

Humanities Career Fair

Friday, February 23, 12:00-2:00 PM

Memorial Union: split between Old Madison Room (3rd floor) and Council Room (4th floor)

The Humanities Career Fair is an open tabling event tailored to the interests and skills of UW humanities students. The event will showcase local employers, graduate and professional programs, networking opportunities, and job and internship positions across a variety of industries. We’ll have representation from fields including law, nonprofits, museums, education, technology, media production, and beyond. All students are welcome to come learn about humanities career pathways!

Posted 2/6: Student Magazine

The Madison Journal of Literary Criticism is a magazine and RSO housed here at UW-Madison. Submissions are open for this semester’s “Dream” edition. We accept a wide variety of mediums including academic papers, poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, and art!

Posted 1/29: Post-Graduation Fellowship

The Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) at Stanford is launching a program for recent undergraduate degree recipients to participate in social science research projects. Political Science faculty will lead four of the projects, and faculty from other departments will offer other opportunities (for details, click here).

Posted 1/29: Non UW Event

On May 23-26, 2024, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is hosting the first nationwide student-led Model Constitutional Convention.We are inviting 100 law students and undergraduate students in political science and public affairs to convene in Phoenix over three days to debate amendments to the US Constitution. More information and a link for the student application portal is available here. Apply by March 1st.

Posted 1/29: Research

The Undergraduate Symposium is an annual event that offers undergraduate students from all areas of study at UW-Madison the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their research, scholarly pursuits, service-learning, community-based research, art, and creativity. It also serves as a forum for the campus community to learn about and engage with undergraduate work.

The 2024 Undergraduate Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 25th, 2024 at Union South.

Apply Here by March 17th.

Posted 1/29: Non-UW Event

Apply to be a delegate at the 2024 Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit (CLS) on March 23-24, 2024! Co-hosted by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CLS is the South’s premier student academic conference on US-China relations, bringing together 100 students and young professionals from across China and the U.S. who are interested in deepening their understanding of China and creating a more productive relationship between the U.S. and China.

Apply by March 9.  More Information Here

Posted 1/16: Graduate School

Spring 2024 Virtual Open House: Explore and Apply to Grad School at UW-Madison

Interested in applying to graduate school at UW-Madison? The Spring 2024 Virtual Open House will be held on February 22 and will include live sessions with a graduate student panel, a Graduate School admissions and application presentation, and virtual office hours with DCS enrollment coaches who work with Professional Degrees and Certificates programs. Participants will also gain access to a Canvas course filled with pre-recorded content, links to resources, and more.

Register here

Upcoming Dates and Events

February 2024

2/16: Deadline for students to request pass/fail options for a Spring term course

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