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Departmental Awards

The James Dyke Van Putten Political Science Prize

  • A award to be given to the graduating senior who has excelled in the classroom and possesses those qualities of character and personality which give promise of a useful career in public service. The award is named after the first chairman of the political science department, who was a fine scholar and a United States diplomat.

Students who received this prize for 2013 are:

Christopher F. Darling
Iliana D. Garcia
Sa'eed Husaini
Jonathan B. Snavely
Wesley R. Rieth


The Renze Lyle Hoeksema Prize in Political Science

  • An award for a junior majoring in political science who best demonstrates excellence in the classroom, interest in political science, and promise of a useful career in public service.

Students who received this prize for 2013 are:

William D. DeBoer
Erica A. Simpson


Political Science Department Book Awards

  • The Department presents annual book awards to students who have demonstrated unusual promise in Political Science in its classes and activities.

Students who received this award for 2013 are:

Alexander A. Belica
Daniel P. Flavin
Kaylee J. Kish
Lawrence G. Kloth
Kyla R. Koboski
Meghan E. Lechner
Matthew P. Mankivsky
Hannah E. Mielke
Kirsten M. Schipper
James L. Teaford
Abby J. Wilhelm

Please note: A portion of the Political Science Department Book Awards will be known as The James M. Zoetewey Senior Award.


Phi Beta Kappa

Anne Harrison '13
Sa'eed Husaini '13
Daniel Owens '13

Michael Blauw '12
Alyssa Carlburg '12
Renee Wynveen '12

Shannon Brenneman '11
Stephen Pedersen '11


Mortar Board

Daniel Owens '12

Michael Blauw '11
Michael Dirksen '11

Nathan Bult '10
James Colten '10
Kevin Soubly '10