The department’s distinction program offers a valuable opportunity for highly qualified PSC majors to work on a senior research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
Students participate in a seminar during fall and spring semesters to ensure the successful completion of their projects. Professor Dimitar Gueorguiev teaches the seminar and will guide students through the program. For more information, please contact Prof. Gueorguiev (332 Eggers Hall;
315.443.8678) or read about the program on our information sheet.
In the spring, students present their findings during a poster session at the
Maxwell School Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship and may submit their paper for the Outstanding Student Research paper award. We are proud of the fact that three Political Science students have won this award since it was established in 2013, and two have received honorable mentions.
In 2017-2018, Political Science distinction students completed the following projects:
Espionage Act Versus Whistleblowers and the Public Interest
vs. Elected Prosecutors: Are Elected Prosecutors Harsher on Crime?
Circuit Courts' Impact on Immigration Reform: An Analysis of Judicial Ideology
and Immigration Policy
analysis of the politica-economic conditions in Egypt (affected by the Arab
In 2016-2017, Political Science distinction students completed the following projects:
Politics is Local: How the South Became Republican
Bank Independence and Monetary Opportunism
Conflict Turned Civils Crisis: Correlating Syrian Political Movements to United
States Foreign Policy
Content Analysis of the 2014 Immigration Crisis Media Coverage: An Intergroup
Threat Theory Approach on the Age of Immigrants
Influence of Values and Recipient Groups on Social Welfare Policy Opinion
Ideology and Feelings Towards Feminism: Why Young People Reject the Feminist
Tariff Increases Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back to America? Evidence from
Safeguard Measures and Antidumping Duties
Girls?" A Content Analysis of the Transnational #BringBackOurGilrs
Movement and the Significance of the Chibok Girls
and Climate Change: Effects of a Food Frame of Public Opinion