Student Successes: Early Fall 2020

POLS major Harry Zehner ’21 (CLAS) was one of 50 undergraduates to receive a 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Award this past summer.  Zehner, who is a University Scholar this year, is conducting his project (entitled “Institutionalizing Environmentally Friendly Behavior by Designing a Proxy Carbon Price for the University of Connecticut”) under the mentorship of Dr. Oksan Bayulgen.

Ph.D. student Cristian Gogu and Dr. Alex Anievas submitted their final manuscript titled “Capitalism and ‘the International’” to the Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations.  The edited book will be published in early 2021.

A student filmmaker from the Class of 2020, Daniela Luna ’20 (CLAS), was one of several students featured in a recent UConn Today article entitled “Student-Produced Film Tells Story Of Undocumented Immigrant Community.”

Hoeun Lee, a former graduate student working with Dr. Matt Singer, learned that the journal Political Behavior has conditionally accepted their article submission entitled “The Partisan Origins of Economic Perceptions in a Weak Party System: Evidence from South Korea.”

Several members of UConn’s Class of 2020, including POLS 5th year MA graduate Amber Smith ’20 (CLAS), were featured in a Hartford Courant article celebrating seniors who were among the first in their families to finish college.

Andrew J. Colabella ’13 (CLAS) has been accepted to Fairfield University’s MPA Fellowship Program (government track). He was also appointed to Fairfield University’s Political Science Department as a first graduate assistant.

Ph.D. student Carol Gray has been awarded a 2020 Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust summer fellowship.  The top 12 candidates across seven departments/programs received awards of $4,000 each.

Amir Hossein Mahdavi, a first-year Ph.D. student, reflected on the political implications of the coronavirus crisis in Iran on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage.   According to Mahdavi, the U.S. policy of blocking Iran’s access to financial resources to address the pandemic has been an invitation for the “invisible government” to usurp the functions of the elected government.

Two former POLS majors — Anna Zarra Aldrich ’20 (CLAS) and Jessica Weaver ’19 (CLAS) — have received 2020 Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awards.  The awards recognize women undergraduate and graduate students who have excelled academically within each school/college and demonstrated high achievement in research and service to the University community

Two of UConn’s 34 IDEA (“imagine-develop-engage-apply”) grant award recipients last spring were political science majors.  Erin Dennehy ’21 (CLAS) is working with Dr. Virginia Hettinger on a project entitled “Public Perception of the Legitimacy of the Supreme Court: The Impact of Questionable Ethics.”  The other award winner was Lily Forand ’23 (CLAS).  The full list of recipients can be found here.