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Honors and Awards
Students can participate both in College honors and department honors. The goal of our honors program is to provide students a graduate level research and writing experience that results in a writing project that can be offered to prospective employers or graduate schools as evidence of the student's best analytical and writing achievement. Students who demonstrate high quality efforts and initiative in Political Science classes work under the individual supervision of a faculty member during the student's senior year. Honors are awarded following the completion of a paper and a public presentation which are deemed to meet a high standard. In recent years successful honors projects have been written on the prospects for democracy in Serbia and on the Jurisprudence of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The Aime and Gertrude Forand Scholarship for Honors in Political Science, a $400-$500 cash prize, is awarded to a graduating senior from the department who successfully completes an honors project. This award is based on financial need in part.
Herbert R. Winter Award for Excellence in Political Science
A cash award to a graduating major in Political Science or Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration who has the highest overall GPA among graduating seniors from the department.
John Chafee Award in Political Science
A cash award to a graduating major in Political Science or Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration who has a 3.0 GPA or better and a strong record of public service.
The North Providence League of Women Voters Award
A cash award to a graduating major in Political Science or Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration who has a 3.0 GPA or better and is a registered voter and resident of North Providence.
The Maryellen Hoye Scholarship
Awarded to a Political Science or Sociology major who is a sophomore or a junior, is registered with the Disability Services Office of the College and who has a financial need of assistance.