Departmental Awards

Each year, awards are presented to students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, possess qualities of character and show promise of a useful career in public service.

The James Dyke Van Putten Political Science Prize

An award given to a 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.

2015 recipients

Brennan Mange, Erica Simpson

2014 recipient

William D. DeBoer

The Renze Lyle Hoeksema Prize 

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.

2015 recipients

Austin Beaudoin, Katie Ricks, Phillip Rokus, Tuo Wang

2014 recipients

Ethan J. Beswick, Shekinah R. Chandy, Mary Kate C. Hart, Brennan P. Mange, Michael J. Savage

James Zoetewey Political Science Department Book Awards

The Department of Political Science presents James Zoeteway book awards to students who have demonstrated unusual promise in political science classes and activities.

Robert Elder, Jr. Washington Honors Semester Award

The Department of Political Science presents the Robert Elder, Jr. Washington Honors Semester Awards to the student or students who have demonstrated unusual promise and performance throughout their semester in Washington, D.C.

2015 recipients

Joshua Coulter, Kyle Dipre

Jack E. Holmes Award for International Engagement

The Department of Political Science presents the Jack E. Holmes Award for International Engagement to a junior or senior who has demonstrated excellence in simulations and knowledge of the United Nations, conducted research and/or exhibited good comprehension of U.S. foreign policy.