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  • Professors Kathryn Sikkink, W. Phillips Shively, and Martin Sampson to Retire

    Please consider honoring retiring Professors Kathryn Sikkink, W. Phillips Shively, and Martin Sampson with a gift to the department today!

    April 28th, 2014
  • 2014-15 Katherine E. Sullivan Scholars Announced

    Johnathon Walker, has been named a Katherine E. Sullivan Scholar for 2014-15. The Sullivan Scholarship is the University's most prestigious scholarship for study abroad. It supports a fifth year of undergraduate study in another country for one or more outstanding seniors from any campus of the University of Minnesota. The annual scholarship competition is administered by the University Honors Program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and the fund is managed by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

    Johnathon is a student in the University Honors Program at UMTC, with majors in Global Studies and Political Science and a minor in Spanish Studies. Inspired by growing up in rural Minnesota and his extensive travel throughout rural communities in Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, and Bolivia, Johnathon's interests are agricultural politics and networks of solidarity in resistance to the state and capitalism. His research examines the use of art and technology to build solidarity between dispersed autonomous communities across cultural and territorial boundaries. Next year, Johnathon will attend the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador and continue his fieldwork in South America. Johnathon is from Clear Lake, MN and is a graduate of St. Cloud Technical High School.

    Congratulations, Johnathon!

    March 24th, 2014
  • Cargill Launches Global Scholar Program

    Cargill has launched the 2013-2014 application cycle of the Cargill Global Scholars Program. Current first and second year undergraduates enrolled at the University of Minnesota who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, leadership potential and are studying in the fields of Political Science, International Relations, and Public Policy are encouraged to apply. In addition to an annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to three years, the Cargill Global Scholars Program provides leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events, and a one-on-one mentoring program with executives from Cargill. More information can be found in the pdf below:


    October 22nd, 2013