Scholarships and Awards
The department offers several awards to deserving undergraduates and alumni each year. These awards include the following:
- Robert H. Swansbrough Outstanding Graduating Political Science Student Award;
- Outstanding Alumnus or Alumna Award;
- Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper Award: This award is reserved for an undergraduate student who presents an exceptional research paper in the 400 level courses or an individual studies course. The department honors this student with a monetary award along with the recognition certificate; and
- Pi Sigma Alpha - Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honorary society for Political Science majors. Our campus chapter was chartered in l986. Sponsorship of the group rotates among various departmental faculty members. Each spring the department sponsors a luncheon for initiating new Pi Sigma Alpha members.
POLITICAL SCIENCE CLUB
The department sponsors a Political Science Club in order to provide interested students an opportunity to gather for lectures and debates on various aspects of local, state, and national politics. The Political Science Club maintains an active program of substantial interest to all Political Science majors. Under the direction of a Faculty Advisor the club presents a diversified series of public events, including speeches and presentations by individuals seeking local, state, or federal office.
One purpose of the club is to assist pre-law students in focusing their attention on the LSAT examination and on the process of law school applications. Hence one of the annual activities of the club has been attendance at a Law School Forum in Atlanta, Georgia attended by representatives of the Admissions Offices of numerous law schools. Another annual event has been a trip to a nearby law school in order to observe classes. In the past the club has also fielded a Mock-Trial Team. Normally this Mock-Trial Team participates in both a state competition at Middle Tennessee State University and a regional competition held annually at a different location. The Pre-Law Club is open to all UTC students whether or not they are majoring in Political Science.
A Public Administration and Nonprofit Management Club was created to give students within the concentration a platform for discussion, to raise awareness of job opportunities, and to provide a means for community engagement.
A departmental computer lab is located in 305 Pfieffer. Students typically have access to this lab during normal business hours, but the lab may be open when evening classes are in progress.
PANM COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
The board exists to accentuate the linkage between the PANM program at UTC and the community that it serves. The board serves to provide strategic leadership to the program as well as advise the program in the specific areas of curriculum, internships, community partnerships, financial resources, program quality, alumni and alumnae engagement and the needs of potential employers.
The board meets once in the Fall and once in the Spring semester to engage in deliberate strategic thinking and monitor emergent issues, assessing the program in each of the above areas in order to fulfill the mission of the program by meeting the needs of our students, public-serving organizations, and the community at large. Board membership draws on noted practitioners, distinguished alumni and alumnae, and emeritus faculty in order to ensure the committee effectively spans the boundaries between program and community.