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Honors

Honors Track Faculty and Students

The Research Honors Program within the Political Science major leads to a Bachelor of Arts with Honors (B.A.H.) in Political Science. Students pursuing the B.A.H. are expected to complete the standard Political Science major as well as conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member, culminating in an honors thesis. Up to 20 units of honors course work may be applied to the additional related course work section of the major. 

Information SESSION AND APPLICATION DEADLINE
Information Session: To be determined (there will be one in November and another in January)
Application Deadline: February 16, 2018 by 5:00pm.  Submit completed application to Stephanie Burbank.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To participate in the Research Honors Program in Political Science, students must apply and be accepted to the program during the winter quarter of their junior year.  A complete application includes:

  1. a transcript
  2. a letter of recommendation from a member of the Political Science faculty or from a teaching assistant in a Political Science course (Letters of recommendation can be sent directly by email to Stephanie Burbank.)
  3. an essay outlining the student's research interest. 

Students are encouraged to participate in an intensive Summer research experience prior to applying to the research honors program. Students may do so by participating in the Political Science Department's Summer Research College (SRC) program, a ten-week program in which students get paid to help faculty with research projects, or related research experience with faculty during the academic year.  If you plan to participate in SRC, the application deadline is typically in late January or early February.

Prerequisites for admittance:
  1. A GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. POLISCI 1 The Science of Politics
  3. POLISCI 150A Data Science for Politics
  4. Research experience (strongly recommended)

ONCE ADMITTED TO THE HONORS PROGRAM

Research Honors Program Requirements—To graduate with departmental honors in Political Science, students must:
  1. Complete POLISCI 299A , in the Spring Quarter of their junior year.
  2. Complete the Honors Thesis Adviser form.  The thesis adviser must be a member of the Political Science faculty.
  3. Complete POLISCI 299B in the Autumn Quarter of their senior year. 
  4. Complete POLISCI 299C Honors Thesis Seminar, in Winter Quarter and POLISCI 299D Honors Thesis, in Spring Quarter with their thesis advisor in their senior year.
  5. Earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher in all honors coursework (POLISCI 299A, 299B). Students unable to meet these requirements may be removed from the program.
  6. Submit a completed thesis, approved by the adviser, in the Spring Quarter of their senior year. The thesis (299C and 299D) must receive a grade of ‘B+’ or higher.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

2017

Firestone Medal recipient: Brett Parker, 2017 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Election or Appointment? A Quantitative Study of the Effects of Judicial Selection Method on Judicial Voting in Criminal Procedure Cases

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: James Stephens, 2017 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: The State of the Soldier: An Analysis of Veteran's Affairs Medical Centers

2016

Firestone Medal recipient: David Kay, 2016 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Predicting the Animal Welfare Policy Preferences of Federal Legislators

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: Nicole Dayhoff, 2016 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Analyzing Racial Sentencing Disparity in State Criminal Courts

Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation: Luke Babich, 2016 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Mass Media on the Path to Peace:  The Role of the Press in Sino-US Rapprochement

2015

Firestone Medal recipient: Elsa Brown, 2015 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Threat Types and Switching Tactics: the Effects on Domestic Audience Costs

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: Lily McElwee, 2015 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Regime Type and FDI in Extractive Industries

Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation: Edward Ngai, 2015 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Representation in Hong Kong

2014

Firestone Medal recipient: AJ Sugarman, 2014 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Do Counterinsurgents Make Good Neighbors?  Insurgent Organization, Spillover Effects, and Violence in Iraq

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: Chi Ling Chan, 2015 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Ethnic Discrimination in the Singapore Labor Market: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation: Yoseph Desta, 2014 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: A Judiciary Punt Syndrome? Analyzing the Supreme Court's Use of the Remand Procedure

2013

Firestone Medal recipient: Eric Dunn, 2013 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Legislators in Suits: Analyzing how lawyers make their case to the Supreme Court

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: Patrick Kennedy, 2013 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Destined to Disappoint? A Cross-Country Analysis of Executive Approval and Political Institutions

Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation: Alexandra Farhat, 2013 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Redefining Constituency: How 140 Characters is Turning Representatives into Surrogates