Syrian Discussion Panel and Past Pi Sigma Alpha Presidents

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Student Opportunities


For the criteria for this scholarship, please see the following link
Ambassador Thomas P. Melady Endowed Scholarship


College students may register to vote either in the place where their parents reside (their permanent address), or in the place where they are attending school.  You choose.

In order to find out how to register to vote, contact the Secretary of State's Office in the state in question.  If you want to register to vote in Pennsylvania, go to:


POSC 430W is the internship class for the Department of Political Science.  This course is by permission only and students can only apply in the spring of their sophomore and junior years.  Students must apply by writing a letter to the Internship Director, Dr. Lew Irwin.  In this letter explain why you want an internship, and why the Department should consider you for one.  POSC is offered in fall semesters.

Requirements:  Interns work 16 hours a week in a state or federal legislative office, doing constituency service work for the most part.  Interns keep a daily log of activities, write a lengthy research paper, and meet regularly with Dr. Irwin.

Placements:  are made with consideration to the student's political party preference and transportaiton needs.  We place with legislators from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Grades:  are determined by the log, the paper, and the recommendation at the intern's supervisor.

Examples of recent placements:  State Representatives Paul Costa, Tom Stevenson, Tom Solobay, State Senator Jay Costa, U.S. Representatives Phil English, Melissa Hart, Tim Murphy, Mike Doyle; U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.

Who should apply:  If you like working with people, and you would like to be able to observe how legislative offices work, this is the place for you.  You can take pride in helping citizens get their government to solve the kinds of problems that only governments can solve.  If you would prefer to intern in a corportation or a law firm, then you can pursue those kinds of internships through Duquesne's Career Services.

Washington, D.C. Internships:  Consult with Dr. Irwin to find out whether an internship in Washington, D.C. can count as POSC 430.  All the requirements for POSC 430 must be met.  Plan early.


Each year the faculty of the Department of Political Science examine the records of our top majors to determine whether to present this award to the outstanding senior.  Overall grade point average is a major factor in determining this award, but intellectual capacity as exhibited in classroom performance is considered as well.  Department faculty consider the eligible students, and then decide whether to make the award and to whom.  Awardees are the best of the best.

This award is named for Harold Webb, Jr., who was a member of the Department from 1960 until 1994.  He was a beloved professor who specialized in International Relations.

WEBB Award Winners
1994 Diane O'Toole
1995 Stephanie Muraca
1996 Colin Wrabley
1997 Marco Cercone
1998 Alison K. Nipar
1999 Jennifer Marie Popovich
2000 Robert Kravetz
2001 Meghan Hungate
2002 Adam Warhola
2003 James Naus
2004 Stephen Sawka
2005 Dana Windisch
2006 Joselyn Molinari and Elena Pollock
2007 Lauren Clark
2008 Jamisen Etzel
2009 Amanda Sorrell
2010 Willliam Lewis
2011 Jason Hunt
2012 Jordan Buzza
2013 Emily Farah
2014 Christopher Paul

Christopher J. Paul, 2014 Harold J. Webb, Jr. for excellence in Political Science award winner and Dr. Dunham.