May 10, 2014 Commencement and Awards Ceremony

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The Department of Political Science celebrated it's annual spring commencement and awards ceremony on Saturday, May 10th, at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.  Almost 450 family members and friends came to cheer on the students as they were recognized for their academic achievements.

Congratulations to the following young men and women:

Ashley Palin  - Dean's Award for outstanding scholarship and contributions to the university community

Alexander Noll  - Wilkinson Memorial Award for the highest cumulative GPA in his 4-year career at NIU

John Grove, PhD candidate - Maryanov Award for intellectual capacity, commitment and character, qualities embodied by the late Professor Gerald S. Maryanov

Maureen Lowry-Fritz - Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award for effectiveness and excellence in undergraduate teaching

Jeanna Ballard - NIU Outstanding Women Student Award for excellence in leadership, community involvement, and scholarship

Michael DeLazzer - John G. and Barbara C. Peters Scholarship for Outstanding Public Service, given for outstanding contributions to public service through public service related internship, political campaign, government or student government

Jeanna Ballard - Kevin McKeough Award for oustanding participation in the political process including work in political campaigns, interest groups, governmental agencies or election to public office

Mansi Trivedi - Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award for her paper "The Muslim Dilemma: The nature and consequences of Muslim population growth in Western Europe"

Iqra Anugrah - Dr. Russell W. Smith Memorial Scholarship for travel to Southeast Asia to complete field work as part of a faculty approved research project.

Benjamin Donovan, Lewis Hoss, Natasha Jensen, and Michael McCarthy - Washington, D.C., Congressional Internship Scholars who will intern on the Hill this summer for Congressman Bill Foster, Congressman John Shimkus, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, and Congressman Adam Kinzinger.

Jeanna Ballard and Ashley Palin - Department Honors

The Department graduated 39 Political Science Scholars with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 to 3.49 and 20 Students of Distinction with cumulative GPAs of 3.5 to 4.0.