At the University of Michigan, students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities that bring distinction not only to themselves, but also to the University. Here are some special awards, honors and scholarships that reward the efforts of Political Science concentrators.
The Undergraduate Affairs Committee decides the winners of the William Jennings Bryan Prize, which is given to members of the graduating class who show the most promise in the field of Political Science. A special designation for leadership is given to the winner of the Bryan Prize who has been active in the department's clubs and who has demonstrated the ability to empower others.
The Frank Grace Award is given for the most outstanding paper written by a Michigan undergraduate published in the Michigan Journal of Political Science. The prize is determined by the editors of the Michigan Journal of Political Science.
Certificates of achievement and plaques for excellence in student activities are awarded for participation in student activities at the University.
The annual Samuel J. Eldersveld Writing Contest is sponsored by Sigma Iota Rho (International Relations Honors Society) and Pi Sigma Alphs (Political Science Honors Society). The contest is open to first and second year students who write a paper which addresses one of the following four categories:
- World Politics
- American Politics
- Comparative Politics
- Political Theory/Methods
Papers should not exceed 10 pages in length, single-spaced. A winning paper from each category will be chosen as well as an overall winner.