February 14, 2020 Newsletter

 Opportunities and Announcements

     for the Week of February 14, 2020

Two important deadlines are nearly here.

Deadline for Registering to Vote in the Ohio Primary Elections.
If you want to vote in the Ohio primary elections, the elections that choose the formal party candidate, you must be a registered voter in the state of Ohio no later than February 18, 2020.  For detailed information, see the Ohio Secretary of State webpage.  Note that the Secretary of State webpage is not as clear as it might be regarding identification information.  For full details, see here.  Although the webpage says that a citizen seeking to register to vote must show an Ohio driver’s license, this is not the legal requirement.  To register, you can provide simply the “last four digits of your Social Security number.”  Note that Ohio does not require a photo identification as a condition of registering to vote.

On campus, CWRU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Learning in the Tinkham Veale University Center (Suite 165) has been active in registering students. Ohio’s primary elections are scheduled for March 17, 2020.  Citizens not registered to vote may not participate in helping to choose their party’s nominee for president (or for other offices).  Registering to vote in Ohio has no impact on financial aid or tuition status.

Deadline for Teaching and Mentoring Excellence Nominations.  
Nominations are open for the Wittke and Jackson Awards.  The J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring “is given to faculty or staff members who have fostered professional development, facilitated goals and life choices, and made a significant impact on a student’s life.”  The Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching “is given to outstanding classroom teachers who are engaging, invested and stimulate enthusiasm for their area of study.” Students interested in nominating any (or all) of our faculty for either (or both) of these awards can find more information about the nomination process here.  The process requires completing an online nomination form.  The deadline for nominations is February 15 (tomorrow).

Thinking about Graduate School.
Students who are thinking about thinking about applying for graduate school might be interested in this brief article by Professor Justin Esarey in The Political Methodologist.  Students might also be interested in the 2020 Summer Program offered by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).  The ICPSR Summer Program has courses in research methods, statistical analysis, and computing for undergraduates, all of which may be helpful and interesting to students considering graduate school.  CWRU, as an ICPSR member, can send students and faculty to the Summer Program with some financial support. Most, but not all, programs take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. See the full summer program here.

There is no application deadline, but there is an early registration fee discount (May 1).  The ICPSR offer scholarships for the summer program; the application deadline for ICPSR scholarships is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Staffing the Office. 
The Chairs of the Departments of Classics and of Political Science, and the Director of International Studies are happy (and relieved) to have hired Ms. Allison Chasko as our new temporary DA3.  Allie has been in the office for a week, getting up to speed and helping to advance the work of our department. The office is now open daily, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please stop by the office to introduce yourself and to welcome Allie to CWRU.


Karen Beckwith
Flora Stone Mather Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science


General Announcements

  • The Political Science Office is once again open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  Please stop by to say hello to our new temporary DA3, Allie.Nominations for the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring and for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are due tomorrow, February 15.  Information about the and nomination process can be found here.


Upcoming Events

Friday Lunch: What to Do About Vaping
February 14, 12:30-1:30 pm, KSL Dampeer Room
For a policy analyst, vaping is a problem from hell. What is known, not known, or needs to be known? And how should risks be addressed? Join us as Erika Trapl, one of CWRU’s leading tobacco researchers and Associate Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences shares her thoughts.

Study Abroad Money Matters
February 14, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Tomlinson 135
In the coming months, there are at least 7 study abroad scholarships for which most CWRU students are eligible. At this info session, we will tell you all about those plus tips and tricks for applying. You’ll also hear more about how finances for study abroad work and what to keep in mind when financially planning for a study abroad.

Sing, My Brother, Sing! Black Liberation Theology, Christian Hip-Hop, and Youth Ministries
February 18, 3:00-4:15 pm, Clark Hall, Room 206
Dr. David L. Moody, author of Political Melodies in the Pews? The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-first Century Church, will discuss the emergence of hip-hop based ministries and their impact on Black youth in the Christian church, and provide an introduction to Black liberation theology and nationalism.

Paying the Price — College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream
February 21, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, The City Club of Cleveland
Join us as Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price – College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream and the “defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles,” shares her research.

Food for the Soul
February 21, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Thwing Atrium
Food for the Soul is an annual CWRU tradition of celebrating the ideas and writing of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. We invite students, staff, and faculty to participate by reading a personally meaningful poem or brief selection from his work or the works of others related to themes of his life. A Soul Food lunch is also provided.

Friday Lunch: Friday Public Affairs Discussion Lunch: Are Nano-particles the New Asbestos?
February 21, 12:30-1:30pm, KSL Dampeer Room
Nanotechnology involves design, production, and use of materials, structures, devices or systems in the nanoscale range – so between 1 and 100 billionths of a meter in scale. This technology is viewed as having many positive applications in medicine, such as to counter the effects of viruses, mutated genes and misfolded proteins of similar scale. If nanoparticles can deliver good things to intended places, however, they might also deliver not-so-good things to unintended places. Join us for a discussion of new public health issues at the intersection of economics, politics, and science.


Current Opportunities

ThinkEnergy Fellowship
This program exposes students to a wide variety of energy topics including technology, policy, entrepreneurship, and research. ThinkEnergy connects students with faculty, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, and government officials. It often gives students an opportunity to operate outside of their comfort zones, developing competencies that are dissimilar to what they learn in their courses. 2020-2021 cohort applications are due by 9am on March 9, 2020.

All Politics is Local (APiL) Conference and Call for Papers
The 17th annual APiL Conference for undergraduate students interested in Political Science and International Relations is Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Students may present papers or posters in any areas of the conference’s discipline. Registration for those presenting papers is due by April 1 and papers are due by April 10.  For more information on the conference and the call for papers, click here.

APSIA Events
APSIA hosts various events in their effort to advance international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security through the people and ideas shaped by our schools. Their events include seminars and free webinars, such as a free webinar on applying to graduate schools.


Summer Opportunities

National Council on U.S. – Arab Relations
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. Deadline to apply is February 21, 2020.

Brookings Institution
The Brookings Internship program provides students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas – Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy. Summer 2020 applications are due February 28, 2020.

Bipartisan Policy Center: The Baker-Dole Internship Program
BPC offers full-time and part-time fall, spring, and summer internships. Applications close March 1, 2020 for the Summer program.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Internship Program
The DCCC Internship Program is designed to give students substantial exposure to practical, campaign-style politics on a national level. Applications for the Summer 2020 program close on March 1, 2020.

Carter Center Summer Internships
The Carter Center Internships provide students with an unpaid opportunity to explore careers in the field of Peace, Health, or Operations in Atlanta. Internships are also offered in the Fall and Spring. Applications close March 1, 2020.

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Summer Internship
AIGS provides students with an unpaid internship in a not-for-profit think tank that works towards a smarter German-American relationship. Applications close March 1

American Foreign Policy Council Summer Internship
The AFPC internship is an unpaid research opportunity for students to interact closely with foreign policy professionals by assiting in the publication of articles and the organizing of events. Applications close March 15.

ICPSR Summer Program
The ICPSR Summer Program provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques, research methodologies, and data analysis. Courses will run in two sessions: June 22-July 17, 2020 and July 20-August 14, 2020. Students and faculty interested in the ICPSR summer program offering training for quantitative methods may find more information on ICPSR’s website. Applicants may complete a scholarship application here. The application deadline for all 2020 ICPSR scholarships is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.


Graduating Senior Opportunities

Brookings Institution
The Brookings Internship program provides students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas – Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy. Summer 2020 applications are due February 28, 2020.

Teach for America
As a corps member, you’ll be challenged to think creatively and lead boldly. You’ll leverage your unique talents to dismantle inequities from the classroom and beyond. The next application deadline is February 28, 2020.

City Year
The role of a City Year AmeriCorps member is designed to help students build the social-emotional and academic skills to achieve their goals. The next application deadline in March 6, 2020.

EPIK invites recently graduated students from English-speaking countries with a motivation to share their knowledge and language with Korean students and teachers through teaching classes. Applications are open from February to July for the Fall term.


Career Opportunities

The Center for Community Solutions Public Policy and External Affairs Associate
The Center for Community Solutions is looking for someone who is passionate about Medicaid policy and who wants to concentrate on big public health issues – especially systemic racism as a public health crisis. Apply online here. Applications are due February 21, 2020.


Please note that the Department of Political Science alerts our students to a range of opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and jobs.  We do not endorse or sponsor these, and leave it to the judgment of our students what is most useful and appropriate to them.

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