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Tufts Students Receive Pi Sigma Alpha Awards

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Tufts students have received the most PSA awards overall compared to any other college or university.

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After sorting through a backlog of submissions, Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA), the National Political Science Honor Society, has belatedly announced the winners of several of their awards from last few years. Three Tufts Political Science students and recent alumni are among the winners.

  • Samantha Heyman, A20, was awarded the 2019-2020 Best Undergraduate Class Paper for “‘The Eternal Object of our Pursuits’: Understanding Virtue in Spirit of the Laws”
  • Lorenza Ramirez, A18, was awarded the 2018 Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis for “Apruebo Este Mensaje': How the Language of Political Communication Affects the Political Attitudes of Linguistically Diverse Latino Voters”
  • Ben Kaminoff, A18, was awarded the 2018 Best Undergraduate Class Paper for “Running as a Gay Man in 2018: Do Homophobic Views Still Impact the Congressional Campaigns of LGBTQ Politicians?”

Furthermore, Associate Professor of Political Science Nimah Mazaheri, who has been the faculty advisor of the Tufts chapter of PSA for the past several years, recently learned that Tufts students have received the most PSA awards overall compared to any other college or university. This includes the most Penniman Graduate School Fellowships and Best Paper awards (including winners and runners-up). Tufts is second only to Georgetown University for the highest number of Best Thesis awards.

Congratulations to our award-winning students in Political Science for this recognition of their hard work and creativity and to Professor Mazaheri for his outstanding advising and mentorship.