Student Finds UCF Connection in Texas

By Jenna Marina Nearly four years ago, UCF alumna Shelby Shankin ’13 found herself in Austin, Texas, for the first time in her life to work on mega festival South by Southwest. Justin Tejada is a current first-generation student majoring in advertising-public relations and minoring in political science. He has made it his mission to […]

From Victimhood to Empowerment

The already highly precarious existence of Yazidi Kurds, a religious minority with long history of persecution, in Iraq took an ominous turn with the rise of the self-styled Islamic State in the summer of 2014. The IS assault against the Yazidi communities in the Sinjar area located in northwestern Iraq in August 2014 led to […]

Undergrad Published in Prominent Political Violence Blog

Sam Schiffer, an undergraduate student pursuing a dual-degree in Political Science and Journalism, has had his piece “The Political Motives Behind Bangladesh’s Abuse of  Rohingya Refugees” accepted by a prominent political science blog, Political Violence at a Glance. Appearing on Political Violence at a Glance, Sam’s piece discussed the influx of Rohingya refugees into neighboring Bangladesh […]

A Typical Day like No Other

University of Central Florida political science alumnus Mike Nichola ’11 MA goes to work every day to make a difference. Nichola works as a legislative director for Congressman Darren Soto in his Washington, D.C., office, but his journey started with an entirely different major at UCF. “I was originally going to go to UCF for a […]

Security Studies Students Win Best Paper Award

Christopher Faulkner and Joshua Lambert, both a part of the Security Studies Ph.D. program, won the 2017 Florida Political Science Association’s (FPSA) Best Graduate Paper Award for their paper titled, “Sign on the Dotted Line: Contracting Private Military and Security Companies in African Civil Wars.”  Christopher and Joshua presented their paper at the 2017 FPSA Annual Meeting […]

Fall 2017 IC CAE Study Abroad Scholarship

The Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) is offering a study abroad scholarship for Fall 2017. The IC CAE is a grant-funded program that is housed in the political science department. Its main goal is to prepare students for careers in intelligence and national security by enhancing critical skills and knowledge deemed essential by the […]

Jammin’ Knight Takes on Circuit Court

University of Central Florida political science alumnus Matthew Baker has been busy since his graduation in May 2009. His journey has taken him all over Florida, but some of his fondest experiences were here at UCF. “I played trombone in the Marching Knights from 2006-2008 and was on Student Staff in 2007 and 2008,” Baker […]

UCF Alumna Harvard Bound after Earning Nearly Perfect Score on LSAT

  Story by Rachel Williams Years ago, Rebecca Fate’s vision of her future never included college. Neither of her parents earned college degrees, and growing up in a single-parent household meant there was little to no extra money to send her to school, she said. But when her fifth-grade teacher opened Fate’s eyes to her […]

Knight of all Trades

Chris Lombardo ’80, always has something to keep him busy. From being an attorney to a fire commissioner and more in between, the University of Central Florida Department of Political Science graduate is a man of many talents. Lombardo is now a partner at his own firm, Woodward, Pires and Lombardo in Naples, Fla. He’s […]

Faculty Recognition: Research and Teaching Effectiveness

RIA Awardees The University of Central Florida Research Incentive Awards (RIA) program supports outstanding research, scholarly and creative activity that advances the body of knowledge in a particular field, including interdisciplinary research and collaborations. The below faculty members were recognized for their contributions to UCF’s key goal of achieving international prominence in research and creative activities. […]

Bacon and Bots

By Jenna Marina With a name like Exploding Bacon, it’s hard to believe that the moniker was the second choice for a local youth robotics team led by UCF alumna Elise Cronin-Hurley ’90 ’94 MPA. Organized Chaos was voted as the winner – conceptualized by a random name generator – but when the mother of the lead […]

Student Recognized for Russian Studies

University of Central Florida student Michael Martinez just won an award for his commitment to learning the Russian language and culture. Martinez is UCF’s 2017 Post Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate. The American Council of Teachers of Russian only presents the award to one student per university every year. This year’s award winner is an international […]

A Student’s Journey From Prison to Law School

Angel Sanchez has spent much of his college career helping those who, like him, yearned for a second chance. He’s mentored previously incarcerated students, and through his position as president of Moot Court at UCF, an organization that gives pre-law students practice at arguing cases, he helped collect more than 300 books to donate to […]

New Program Teaches Students Civics

Middle school students across the state of Florida and all over the United States are learning civics through a program developed by the University of Central Florida’s Lou Frey Institute. Civics360 is an interactive civics review website provided by the Lou Frey Institute’s Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. It evolved from the Escambia County Civics […]

UCF Student Prepares for Chinese Adventure

A University of Central Florida student just received a $17,200 scholarship to study abroad in China for all of his sophomore year. Department of Political Science student Philip Balikowski will be spending fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 studying at Southwest Minzu University in Chengdu, China through the Boren Scholarship Program. His particular curriculum […]

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