The Department of Political Science offers a number of awards each year in recognition of outstanding student performance in the areas of academic achievement and leadership. The Departmental Faculty nominates students meeting the criteria for these awards, each of which is described in detail below. Nominated students will be notified early in the spring semester and invited to complete a short award application viewable here.
The Jack Marvin Weiner Memorial Prizes and Scholarship
The Department of Political Science presents annual Weiner Awards to outstanding students. Two go to juniors who participate in the Honors Program. They receive scholarships for their senior year on the basis of excellence, which is not determined solely by GPA’s. One award goes to the graduating major who has written the best honors thesis. It must be completed during the previous calendar year or by February 1st of the year in which the award is given. One award goes to the graduating major with the highest GPA. If this is the same person who writes the best thesis, the award is given to the graduating major with the second highest GPA. One award goes to the graduating major who has combined exceptional accomplishments in public service (defined as contributions to the department, the campus, or the wider community) with solid academic achievement.
2015-2016 Awardees: Gary Kopchinski and Sulman Saleem
The Jacob Abraham and Mildred Amelia Baron Fund
The Department of Political Science annually presents Baron Fund awards to undergraduate students based on their academic achievements and their leadership ability and potential. The amount of the award(s) will vary from year to year based on the endowment funds available. Each spring the Department considers eligible students (Political Science majors with a 3.3 GPA or better) and announces awards in April. The student(s) selected for a Baron Award may be funded to attend academic conferences with a Political Science professor, to support their individual research and coursework, to support national or international travel.
2015-2016 Awardees: Bradley Honsinger and Deven Thakor
The Robert Packard Service Award
The Robert Packard Service Award is presented to the graduating political science student who, in the estimation of the faculty, has contributed the most to Rutgers-Camden and the outside community.
2015-2016 Awardee: Lawrence Moore