India Center Visits Smart City Champions

  A UCF delegation led by Michael Johnson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Sciences, and interim director of the India Center, recently completed an intense, 8-day visit to the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The delegation, which included individuals from the College of Sciences, College of Engineering, and the Office of Research, met with […]

PoliSci Grad Makes Community Impact With Law Office

Amal Laassel,’04, is using her legal skills to help the Central Florida community and inspire young girls to explore the legal field. Laassel was born in Marrakesh, Morocco, and moved to the U.S. when she was 16 years as part of an international student exchange program.  After graduating high school, Laassel majored in Political Science […]

Panel Discusses Past and Future of Kurdish Society

On Nov. 15, 2018, the Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invited experts on Kurdish society and politics to a panel to discuss the way forward in the region, and specifically among the Kurds. The event drew attention from a mixed audience, ranging from UCF undergraduate and graduate students […]

Cultural Traditions of India: Music and Art

by Madison Kjosa This past Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Burnett Honors College was swathed in the sights and sounds of India during “Cultural Traditions of India: Music and Art” as part of UCF’s International Education Week (IEW). Described by UCF Global, IEW is a “joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department […]

COS Alums Among OBJ’s 40 Under 40

BY NICOLE DUDENHOEFER ’17 AND JENNA MARINA LEE Four College of Sciences alumni were among those honored at the Orlando Business Journal 40 Under 40 Awards, an annual celebration that recognizes successful professional who have created a big impact within their industry and in the local community. Honorees were selected from a group of nominees submitted […]

Lady Bikers, Street Dogs and Kolkata Featured in New Films from UCF Students

  By ROBERT WELLS Lady bikers, street dogs and visceral sights and sounds from a city nearly 10,000 miles away are showcased in new documentaries completed by UCF film students while they spent a few weeks in Kolkata, India. The documentaries will make their UCF debut at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Burnett Honors College as part […]

Study Links Ethnic Violence and Natural Disasters in India

Didara Nurmanova, a Ph.D. candidate in the Security Studies program in the Political Science Department, is conducting a study on the links between natural disasters and ethnic conflict in India. In June 2013, India was hit by the North India floods, described as the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. The floods resulting […]

Tactics For Resolving Kashmir Conflict Focus of Book

  Longstanding disputes between countries are not solved overnight. But there are ways to mitigate the violence during the transitional period. That’s the focus of a book by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, Ph.D., entitled “Conflict Management in Kashmir: State-People Relations and Peace,” published by Cambridge University Press. Mahapatra, an adjunct professor in the Political Science department, […]

COS Alumni Recognized For Career Achievements

Ten College of Sciences alumni were recognized Thursday for their career achievements at the 2018-19 Distinguished Alumni Awards. “Tonight’s awardees were selected based on their professional achievement, exceptional community service and reflection of the college’s mission to expand knowledge in the sciences, mathematical sciences, and communications,” COS Dean Michael Johnson, Ph.D., told the audience gathered […]

PoliSci Grads Among 7 UCF Alums Elected to Office

BY: RACHEL STAMFORD and JENNA MARINA LEE Seven UCF alumni who were running for the Florida Legislature won their districts in Tuesday’s election. Although they don’t necessarily agree on political issues, pursued different careers and attended UCF at different times, they clearly share a passion for politics. Rep. Amber Mariano Amber Mariano ’17, a Republican, was […]

K-12 Students Get Hands-On Civics Lesson With Mock Election

  More than 245,000 K-12 students got a hands-on lesson in civic duty this year through a partnership between UCF’s Lou Frey Institute and Kids Voting USA. The students were spread out across 28 school districts that hosted mock elections this year using a ballot that reflected all the statewide races. The ballot was editable […]

UCF Class Spotlight: Political Psychology

BY JENNA MARINA LEE Class Name POS 4206 – Political Psychology Description The psychological analysis of political behavior, with emphasis on the individual rather than the political system; includes political attitudes and communication, leadership and personality influences on politics. When is it offered?
 Occasionally. How many students are in a class?
 Capacity of 50 Prerequisites
 None […]

Lou Frey Institute Wins Professional Organizational Awards

Over the weekend of Oct. 19-21, the Florida Council for the Social Studies, an organization that represents the field of social studies education in Florida, held its annual conference and awards dinner. The Lou Frey Institute, part of the Political Science Department within the College of Sciences, sponsored Dr. Tina Heafner of UNC-Charlotte, a leading scholar on social […]

Poli Sci Online Program Ranked No. 1 by Affordable Colleges

The Political Science Department’s online program has been ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by Affordable Colleges Online. The department has offered its degree as an entirely online option for several years, and students can complete all three tracks in the major — American Politics & Policy, International Relations & Comparative Politics, and Pre-Law – […]

India Border Disputes Inspires Award-Winning Research Paper

  A research paper investigating why bordering countries with settled borders engage in militarized conflicts earned a political science doctorate student the Jim Wintakes award for best graduate paper at the International Studies Association (ISA)-South Conference in Ashland, Va., recently. Karthikeyan Thiagarajan, who is pursuing his doctoral degree in security studies, won the award Oct. 13 […]

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