Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of February 5, 2018

This is the time of year for students in their junior (or sophomore) year to organize applications for fellowships and scholarships.  This is also the time for sophomores to begin to look beyond their graduation date and to consider how they might plan for their future.  CWRU offers a range of fellowships and scholarships; beyond these, there are national fellowships and scholarships for which our students are eligible and likely to be competitive. 
For example, senior women (who will graduate this spring) should review requirements for the Eva A. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship and, if interested, should contact Professor Beckwith asap.   The Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fund supports female graduates of The College of Arts and Sciences (as well as female students in The School of Graduate Studies) in extending their education by foreign study or foreign travel, or both, at any time during the 12 months following their graduation.  This is an internal fellowship, with a deadline of March 1.
Beyond these, there are additional national fellowships and scholarships with various application deadlines.  Although many deadlines have passed for this year, see here for those for which students should prepare themselves.  These include, for example, Fulbright fellowships, the Truman Scholarship, and the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowships, among others.  First-year students with an interest in environmental policy should consider the Udall Scholarship, for application in their sophomore year.  See also the Projects for Peace Fellowships; one of our majors, Cameron Macaskill, won this fellowship last year.
Please note as well the deadline for applications for our internal Wellman Hill Public Service Internships:  February 9, a week from today.  Please see the application requirements here.
This is the 53rd anniversary of the Woolworths sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, where four undergraduates, all first-year students at North Carolina State Agricultural and Technical College, went to the local Woolworths store to have lunch – and to engage in nonviolent resistance to protest the exclusion of persons of color from service.  My colleague Professor David Meyer (University of California at Irvine) writes about these here, in his social movements blog, Politics Outdoors.
Today is Groundhog Day.  Although it’s a completely unscientific means of predicting the weather, we’ll see if we have six more weeks of winter.
With all best wishes,
Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science
“We come in peace, but we mean business.  To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.”

— Janelle Monáe, while introducing Kesha at the 2018 Grammy Awards.



General Announcements

  • Wellman Hill Summer Internship Grants are due on February 9. The application details can be found here. Applications require a letter of recommendation from a faculty member; please ask for such a letter with sufficient lead time for the instructor to complete the letter. Please don’t hesitate to contact Professor Elliot Posner if you have any questions.
  • Students are invited to join the Constitution Day Committee! The 2018 forum will explore provisions of the 4th and 5th Amendments — including search and seizure, self-incrimination, and due process — in the context of modern encryption techniques. Can the government compel individuals or corporations to decrypt data? How can the courts balance personal privacy and public safety? While electronic data encryption affords many benefits, it is often an impediment to law enforcement, as prominently seen in the aftermath of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others. Join the committee for its next meeting, Tuesday, February 6, at Clark Hall 206, 5:00-6:00 p.m., as it plans this exciting forum. For more information, email Timothy O’Shea at tmo28@case.edu.
  • The Ohio State University’s Journal of Politics & International Affairs is accepting submissions of papers by undergraduate students for their Spring 2018 issue. For more information, POSC majors and other undergraduates should see the submission guidelines. Submissions are due March 2nd and can be submitted here.
  • Submit your abstract for the Research ShowCASE by February 18. The event will provide an opportunity for CWRU researchers to display your research in a traditional scientific poster or other creative means.
  • Stay up to date with the department by following our Twitter feed! Check it for day to day opportunities and information!
  • Like us on Facebook! Our department will be regularly posting events, opportunities, and general information to our page!


Friday Lunch: Health Care Education in a Rapidly Changing Landscape
February 2, 12:30-1:30p.m., KSL Dampeer Room
As the longest-serving and visionary Dean of CWRU School of Dental Medicine, Jerry Goldberg emphasized both community service and the broader medical role of oral health. Join us as he shares his perspective on the need and prospects for change in the Medical Education Biz.

Adversaries Near and Far: What is America’s Future?
February 2, 12:45-2:00p.m., Sears 356
Cleveland Marshall College of Law Professor David Forte will discuss international affairs in his talk “Adversaries Near and Far: What is America’s Future?” Please RSVP to Professor Terri Mester.

Venezuela – Corruption, Instability, and Economic Crisis
February 6, 7:30-9:00p.m., Happy Dog (West Side location)
Learn about how Venezuela went from one of the richest South American countries to a divided country facing a number of crises. This is a free event.

The International Law Commission’s Proposal for a Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity
February 8, 4:30-5:30p.m., Moot Courtroom
In 2017, The International Law Commission – a body of 34 experts elected by the United Nations General Assembly to assist in codifying and progressively developing international law – completed a first draft of treaty to establish a global convention on prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity, with an expected final draft in 2019. This lecture will explore the justification for such a treaty, the contents of the current draft, the likelihood that it will be adopted and ratified by States, and the
possible long-term benefits were such a treaty to enter into force.

“One America: The Micro Cultural Changes to Bring the ‘United’ Back into USA”
February 13, 4:30p.m., TVUC Ballroom A
Former Walgreens Executive and Diversity Leader Steve Pemberton will speak as part of the Power of Diversity Lecture Series.

Women of Color Series: Intersectional Advocacy
February 21, 12:00-1:30p.m., Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, TVUC Suite 248
Participants will work to understand the connection of the two concepts of “intersectional” and “advocacy,” an discuss the implications of misapplied analysis and institutionalization. Lunch will be provided.

NPR Politics Podcast: Live from Cleveland
February 23, 12:00-1:00p.m., Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square
The NPR Politics Podcast: Live from Cleveland, is coming up and Cleveland college students have access to a special discount code when purchasing tickets. Please note there are a limited number of student tickets available.

The Women’s Fund Statehouse Day
March 1, Ohio Statehouse, Columbus
Join women and men from across the state for The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio’s Statehouse Day. You will spend the morning with hearing from policy makers and community leaders on how women’s economic empowerment benefits society. During lunch, you will hear from Lilly Ledbetter and hear her courageous story on how she became a champion in the equal pay movement. Equipped and ready; you will spend the afternoon meeting with elected officials as change-makers influencing policy. More information and registration details can be found by visiting here.

Career Opportunities

Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics Program Coordinator
The Program Coordinator will assist the associate director and senior program coordinator with all aspects of CAWP’s education and training programs, specifically Ready to Run® and NEW Leadership, as well as with the national networks developed to extend the reach of these programs. 

Graduate Opportunities

Graduate Study in Sweden
As doctoral candidate in Political Science at Södertörn University, you will join a multidisciplinary research area called Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society (PESO), encompassing the disciplines of Political Science, Sociology and Business Administration. Research within PESO is concerned with a range of actors and organizations (states, bureaucracies, international organizations, companies, voluntary organizations), how they relate to each other, and what effects they have on political systems, societies, and people’s lives. The application deadline is February 15.

Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Rumi Forum
The Rumi Forum is offering research and project internship opportunities. The research intern will assist with preparation of our publications that include topics such as peace, conflict resolution, community cohesion, multiculturalism, pluralism, social justice and interfaith issues. The responsibility of these interns will be centered around general projects of the Rumi Forum, most of which include event planning and organization of our various conferences, seminars, international trips, evening events, community events, and social responsibility projects.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Internship
May 29-August 3
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the Nation’s Capital. The program features an energizing and demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounter designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington. Applications are due February 23.

Previously posted opportunities can be found on the department webpage. Please make sure to check regularly as to not miss approaching deadlines! 

Scholarship Opportunities

Public Service Scholarship
This scholarship supports female undergraduate students who are applying to or have secured an unpaid internship in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Internships in Maryland and Virginia are fine, as long as they are generally near Washington, D.C. Applications are accepted Feburary 1-April 11.

Summer Opportunities

The Left Forum Conference and Scholarships
Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to attend this year’s Left Forum. The Left Forum is the largest gathering of leftist scholars in North America, with a history that extends back to the 1960s.  This year’s conference theme is “Toward a Winning Strategy for the Left.” (Click here for full conference details.)  Volunteer and internship opportunities are also available. Scholarships to attend will be up to $1000. All applications should be submitted to socialjustice@case.edu as a PDF before Thursday, March 1, 2018.

ICPSR Summer School
These institutes are held at universities across the country, and improve participants’ ability to advance science and serve society. Participants emerge from EITM summer institutes better able to leverage interactions between theoretical models that clarify relevant logical relationships and empirical endeavors that clarify critical implications of observation and data. A number of scholarshipsare available for this program.

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