The Political Science Honors Program has grown significantly since the department developed
clear admissions criteria two years ago. The program currently has more than 20 students, who
benefit from opportunities for targeted research, in-depth study and mentoring and career
coaching by faculty and alumni.
During the 2016-17 academic year, 11 students graduated with honors in political science after
completing senior theses about topics ranging from the success of women attorneys arguing
before the United States Supreme Court to the influence of diaspora funding of rebel groups on
the length of civil wars.
One student, Isaac Setliff, presented his research at the International Studies Association annual
meeting in Baltimore and was a co-recipient of the department's 2017 Best Paper Award. A co-
recipient of that award, Emily Grassett (Class of 2016), also received the 2017 Troutman-Rainey
Undergraduate Paper Award from the North Carolina Political Science Association.
Meanwhile, honors student Christopher Dong won the department's 2017 Outstanding Senior
Award for his active involvement in the department as a research and teaching assistant. Political
science honors students also participated in several events this year, including a career and
research discussion with Dr. Deondra Rose, a Duke University assistant professor, and a "meet
the faculty" session with department members.
In addition to formal requirements, students in the program are invited to meet with guest
speakers in smaller groups to discuss research and career paths; learn from faculty during “Meet
the Faculty” sessions focused on research and advising; and hear from panels on applying to
graduate school, pursuing international careers and other topics.