Government and International Affairs

Molly Malsam Excellence in Writing Award

The Government Department is pleased to offer annual monetary awards for the best political science papers. The award is made possible through the generous donation of alumna Molly Malsam. She credits a departmental research paper, submitted as part of her graduate school application, for greatly assisting her admission into the prestigious Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Pennsylvania. The award is intended to encourage quality writing projects.

Past recipients of the Government Department Excellence in Writing Award include:


Jen Buyske, "Guilty until Proven Innocent: DNA Technology Reveals the Systematic Flaws in the Criminal Justice System."


Theodore Bolstad, "Dancing with the Dragon: A U.S. Policy Proposal Towards Taiwan."

Ryann Miller, "The Perfect Enemy: Katrina Sheds Light on Poverty in America."


A.J. Franken, "(Mis)Shaping Africa: The United States and the Berlin Conference of 1884."

Blake Rife, "A Look at Griswold v. Connecticut and America."


Jennifer Knutson, "Answering the Silent Screams: The Abuse of Liberty in an Unaccountable Society."

Justin Ask, "The Faith of the Left: The Clinton Model of Religious Rhetoric for Democratic Candidates."