Research & Scholarship

Student Awards: Previous Winners

Each year, the Department of Political Science awards a series of prizes to deserving Tufts University Political Science and International Relations majors.

May 2016 Winners

Kumar Ramanathan, senior and Political Science Major, is the recipient of 2016 Belfer and Elliott awards, and is a winner of the Howard Penniman Graduate Scholarships from Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

Sophie Laing, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Political Science Thesis of the 2015-2016 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major. Sophie is also the a runner-up for the 2016 Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award from Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Her thesis was titled "Flip-Flopping Politicians: How Voters Punish and Reward Changing Opinion."

William Freeman, senior and Political Science major recipient of the James Vance Elliot Award for excellence in academia and civic affairs, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2015-2016 academic year. The Belfer Award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major. Will is also the runner-up for the 2016 Best Paper Award from Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. His paper was titled "Explaining the Emergence of Populism: Political Parties, the State, and the Crises of Representation in Venezuela and Chile."

To read more on Kumar, Sophie and Will check out our October Majors' Newsletter

Joscelyn García, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2015-2016 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Kathryn Mueller, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.


May 2015

Patricia Solleveld, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Political Science Thesis of the 2014-2015 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Abigail Jackson, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Political Science Thesis of the 2014-2015 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Kumar Ramanathan, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2014-2015 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Alexander Trubowitz, sophomore and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2014-2015 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Kumar Ramanathan, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.

Zoe Uvin, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.


May 2014

Caroline Howe, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Political Science Thesis of the 2013-2014 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Samantha Sokol, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2013-2014 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Sophie Laing, sophomore and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Peter Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2013-2014 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Jeremy Ravinsky, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.

Elizabeth McKay, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.


May 2013

Kira Hessekiel, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Belfer Award for the Best Political Science Thesis of the 2012-2013 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Katherine Balch, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2012-2013 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Benjamin Perlstein, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.

Wyatt Cadley, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.


May 2012

Daniel Rosenblum, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Belfer Award for the Best Political Science Thesis of the 2010-2011 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Suzanne Schlossberg, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2010-2011 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Daniel Rosenblum, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.

Kira Hessekiel, junior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.


May 2011

Lucy Perkins, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Belfer Award for the Best Political Science Thesis of the 2010-2011 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Michael Hawley, senior and Political Science major, is the recipient of the Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2010-2011 academic year. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Andy O'Laughin, senior and International Relations major, is the recipient of the Belfer Award for the Best Paper written for a Political Science assignment in the 2010-2011 academic year. in Political Science. This award is given out annually for an outstanding piece of work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Andy O'Laughlin, senior and International Relations major, is the recipient of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.


May 2010

Alexander Dietz and Lisa Gilson, both seniors, and Political Science majors, are the recipients of the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.

Denise St. Peter and Zachary Witlin: Denise is a senior and International Relations major; Zachary is a senior and a Political Science and International Relations major. Both are the recipients of The Belfer Award in Political Science. This award is given annually for an outstanding piece of written work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Rebecca Baumwoll, senior, International Relations, Charles F. Seymour Jr. Prize

Alexander Dietz, senior, Political Science, Class of 1942 Prize Scholarship

Lisa Gilson, senior, Political Science, Class of 1942 Prize Scholarship

Alicia Hedlesky, junior, International Relations, Philip E. A. Sheridan, M.D. Prize

Elizabeth Herman, senior, Political Science, Tufts University Alumni Association Award

Angela Lam, senior, International Relations, Multicultural Service Award

Melissa Prusock, senior, Political Science, Alex Elias Memorial prize Scholarship

Denise St. Peter, senior, International Relations, Audrey L. Hale Award

Tomoaki Takaki, junior, International Relations, Army ROTC Prize

Matthew Tweedy, senior, International Relations, Theresa McDermott Carzo Award and the Navy V-12/NROTC Memorial Prize

Zachary Witlin, senior, Political Science & International Relations, Prize Scholarship of the Class of 1882


May 2009

Mie Inouye and Kevin Lownds, both seniors, received the James Vance Elliott Award. The James Vance Elliott Political Science Prize is awarded in the senior year to students majoring in Political Science whose achievements best combine academic excellence with active participation and effective leadership in campus and civic affairs.

Johnpaul Makilya ('10) a junior and African Studies major has been awarded the Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize. Johnpaul will be conducting research in in Senegal on "The Politics of Liberation: Slavery, Servitude, and Citizenship and Post-Colonial Africa." This incentive award enables the recipient to undertake a research project, an internship, a volunteer activity, or a plan of study in any field involving international issues. Designed to foster the spirit of the award, the prize encourages personal growth and independence, while increasing one's understanding of all peoples and encouraging a commitment to the world community.

Matthew Shea, who graduated the winter 2009, has been awarded the Ellen C. Myers Memorial Prize. The Ellen C. Myers Memorial Prize is awarded to a junior or senior who has shown character, diligence, and perseverance in achieving high scholarship standards in the face of adverse circumstances while working towards a bachelor's degree at Tufts University.

Alexandra Taylor, a senior and International Relations major is the recipient of The Belfer Award in Political Science. This award is given annually for an outstanding piece of written work done in a political science course or independently by a Political Science major.

Ross Thuotte ('10), a junior and International Relations major has been names Summer Scholar. Ross's research will be in Senegal on "EcoBank, a West African National Bank: Impacts and Effects on Banking in Senegal." The Tufts Summer Scholars Program is administered by the Office of Undergraduates Education and is a University-wide initiative that offers research apprenticeships with faculty/clinical mentors to motivated Tufts undergraduates. The program offers students an opportunity to be on the front line of discovery and scholarship at Tufts today.

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