Student Awards Archive

The Political Science Department gives four awards to outstanding graduating senior majors each spring.

The C. H. Richards Award for Excellence in Political Science is given to the graduating senior who is deemed by a departmental committee to have excelled in both the study of politics and in departmental, campus and community service.
Award Winners
2015
Melissa Remmey is the recipient of the C.H. Richards Award for Excellence in Politics and International Affairs. Upon graduation she is excited to work for Oracle in Boston as a Sales and Business Development Representative and has tentative plans to attend law school in the future.
2014
Emily Emily Anderson and Kimberly Quick won the C.H. Richards Award for Excellence in Politics and International Affairs. Emily is looking forward to her work  as an Admissions Counselor at the Wake Forest Office of Undergraduate Admissions for the next two years! Kimberly is excited to serve as the Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the Provost for the 2014-2015 term. After completing the fellowship, she hopes to continue her education in law school.
2013
  In 2013 Dan Stefany was awarded the C.H. Richards Award for Excellence in Politics and International Affairs. Dan will attend the University of Virginia's School of Law in fall 2013.
2012
In 2012 Brooke Gilmore was awarded the C.H. Richards Award for Excellence in Political Science. For 2012-13 Brooke was awarded a Corporate Fellowship to attend the MA program at the WFU Schools of Business.
The Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors in Political Science is given to a graduating senior who has qualified for Honors and who is deemed by a departmental committee to have written the best senior seminar paper.
Award Winners
2015
The 2015 winner of the Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors in Politics and International Affairs is Anthony Myers. His thesis was entitled "Uneven Benefits, Uneven Burdens: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of the 1995 School Choice Plan in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools." Next year, he will be serving as a corps member with Teach for America in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad. After this two-year commitment, Anthony hopes to pursue a career in education policy, administration, or consulting.
2014
The 2014 winner of the Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors was Kelly Flanigan. Her thesis was entitled: "The Odd One Out. Analysis of the Impact of Campaign- and Electorate-Specific Factors on Non-Major Party Performance in U.S. Elections."  She has accepted a position doing consulting work with non-profit organizations after graduation. Kelly hopes to attend graduate school for a master’s degree related to either Public Policy or International Affairs in the future.
2013
The 2012 winner of the Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors was Dan Stefany . He received the award for his senior paper “2012 Interstate Voter Turnout."
2012
The 2012 winner of the Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors was Christopher Riccio . He received the award for his senior paper “Measuring the Effect of the Oil Curse on Democracy." His postgraduate plans involve teaching for one year and then attending Medical School.
The Carl Moses Excellence in Research Award honors an outstanding senior seminar paper.
Award Winners
2015
Emma Northcott won the Carl Moses Excellence in Research Award for her senior paper "Afro-American Ethnic Development in Latin America: A Transnational Evaluation of Citizenship." She will next be pursuing a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Rachel Brown has been selected as the "Honorable Mention" for the Carl Moses Excellence in Research Award for her senior paper "Basel III and Financial Inclusion." Rachel will present her paper at the European Conference on Microfinance in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2015. She will join Ernst & Young LLP Financial Services Office Business Advisor Program in Charlotte, NC in September 2015.
2014
Bridger Mahlum won the Carl Moses Excellence in Research Award for his senior paper  ​"Redistricting and Competitive Elections: A Comparative Case Study." He will be heading to Alaska in June as an campaign consultant for the U. S. Senate Election ​in that state​. While there, Bridger thought he would check into the rumor about there being "Gold in them thar hills...."  
2013
Meenu Krishnan won the Carl Moses Excellence in Research Award for her senior paper "Democracies at Risk: Divergent Approaches to Press Violence in Colombia and Mexico." She will be pursuing an MPhil in International Relations and Politics at Cambridge University in the UK.
2012
In 2012 Aubrey Vaughan won the Carl Moses Excellence in Research Award for her senior paper "Tackling the Challenges Presented by Romani Populations in Western Europe." She will be attending Law School at the University of Kentucky.
The Jack D. and Martha H. Fleer Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior. The need-based scholarship recipient will be selected by a departmental committee which gives special attention to meritorious performance in the major.
Scholarship Recipients
2015
Savannah Hansen is the 2015 recipient of the Jack and Martha Fleer Scholarship award. Her thesis was "Linkage Over Ideology: Tracing the Rise and Decline of Turkish Democracy". Savannah will be moving to Durham, North Carolina this summer to pursue a J.D. at Duke Law School in the fall. She is specifically interested in using her background in political science to study international law and human rights issues, but is also interested in domestic litigation and criminal and intellectual property law.
2014
Richard plans on attending Georgetown University to study a dual track degree in public policy/international development and law.
 
2013
In 2013 the recipient of the Jack D. and Martha H. Fleer Scholarship was Justin Cradit.  His postgraduate plans involve pursuing a career in democracy promotion and human rights. He also  plans to take the foreign service exam.
2012
In 2012 the recipient of the Jack D. and Martha H. Fleer Scholarship was Kellsi Wallace.  Her postgraduate plans involve going to Law School.

 
In 2010 the  C.H. Richards Award for Excellence in Political Science went to Zahir Rahman. Zahir won a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research in Morocco in 2010-11. Nick Deuschle  was the winner of the Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors for his seminar paper “What About the Prosecutor?: Federal Sentencing Practices in a Post-Booker World.” Nick will teach English in China before entering the University of Chicago Law School in 2011. The Carl Moses Excellence in Research Award went to Megan Huber for her paper “Betrayal of the Innocents:  An Examination of Children and Peacekeeping.” The Carl Moses Award was given for the first time in 2010. Megan was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and will teach English in Malaysia in 2010-11.

In 2009 the co-winners of the C.H. Richards Award were Kimberly Paschall and Matthew Triplett. Kimberly is now a first year law student at the University of Virginia.  Matt currently serves as a Provost’s Fellow at Wake Forest and plans to attend graduate school in political science. In 2009 the winner of the Jack D. Fleer Award for Excellence in Honors was Matthew Triplett for his paper entitled “Anti-Abortion Ballot Initiatives and Evangelical Voters in the 2008 Presidential Election.”