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  JUDI POWELL, our superb Graduate Program Administrator, and the Dean of Graduate Studies (and former Graduate Program Director), Lisa Young, at the Faculty of Graduate Studies Great Administrator Appreciation Week on February 25, 2015.

Here are the great things people are saying about Judi: 

  • Kudos to our fabulous GPA Judi Powell. We're so lucky to have her!
  • I'm sure the graduate students in Political Science all appreciate Judi Powell. This is to let her know how much the faculty appreciate her. She is always ready to help and to facilitate, and has been a real asset to our department's graduate program. Thank you Judi
  • Without Judi Powell's astonishing attention to detail, fantastic touch with the graduate students, and amazing knowledge of the program and the University's procedures, our graduate program in Political Science wouldn't be half as good as it is. Thanks, Judi!
  • Thank you Judi for your outstanding work in administering our graduate program! Without your expertise we would fall into a terrible mess!

Congratulations to the University of Calgary's Model United Nations Team who received 7 awards at the UBC Conference Competition held in Vancouver January 9-11, 2015:

  • three Best Delegate Gavels
  • Best Position Paper Award
  • Honourable Mention Award
  • Most Diplomatic Award
  • and Best Delegation Award

Brenda O'Neill speaks in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University on "Unpacking Gender's Role in Political Representation in Canada" part of the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy Speaker Series, October 23, 2014.

The University of Calgary will be hosting the next Canadian Political Science Students Association's National Conference on Energy Politics. 

Registration for this conference starts on November 3rd. 

University of Calgary Political Science and International Relations students have complimentary access to the 2015 National Conference of the Canadian Political Science Student's Association ( being held in Calgary from January 21-25, 2015. You will need to request an access code from and then follow this link to register

This year’s recipient of the Donald N. Byers Memorial Killam Prize for the Best Statement of Program of Studies and Research was Mark Harding, doctoral student in the Department of Political Science. Harding received the award for having the best-written research proposal for a general audience. His research measures the extent of “inter-institutional dialogue” between courts and legislatures in Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand in order to provide empirical evidence for how different models of rights protection affect democratic governance.

Doctoral candidate Lauren Moslow's presentation at the Women in International Security and Development Conference, held in Ottawa in May, was judged to be the second best of the 50 that comprised the event.  Congratulations Lauren!

The first Department of Political Science Annual Best Paper & Thesis awards were presented on September 12.

to our graduate students on winning awards for the 2014-15 year:

Congratulations Drs. Rainer Knopff and Gavin Cameron who each received "GREAT Supervisor Awards" from the Faculty of Graduate Studies for their outstanding supervision and mentorship of graduate students.

Susan Franceschet was awarded an Annual Fellowship for 2014-2015 at the Calgary Institute of the Humanities. During her fellowship, Dr. Franceschet will be working on her research project on "Gender, Representation, and the Executive Branch," which is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. The project explores how changing norms about representation in cabinets affect the recruitment and success of female ministers. The two case studies for the project are Spain and Chile.

On August 14 Dr. Susan Franceschet spoke on gender quota laws at the seminar "Falta la Otra Mitad," sponsored by the Canadian Embassy in Chile and Corporación Humanas, a Chilean human rights and justice NGO.

After careful consideration of the many good nominations, the Awards Committee is very pleased to announce the winners of the Department's 2013-14 essay and thesis competition:

The 2013-2014 nominations for the Department of Political Science's first annual paper and thesis competition are now complete. We had 20 superb papers and theses nominated from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The winning papers and theses will be announced in September 2014 in an awards ceremony to be held in the Department of Political Science.

Congratulations to all the nominees!
Dr. Joshua D. Goldstein
Awards Committee Chair, 2013-2104