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Other Opportunities in Political Science


The Political Science Division and its students have benefited from the generous support of those who have chosen to endow undergraduate scholarships:

  • D. Paul Fansler Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to seniors and graduate students in Political Science and International Studies, with high promise of achievement in international affairs.
  • Frank and Nadezda Munk Political Science Scholarship. Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student in Political Science with a particular interest in international affairs.
  • Katrina Pongracz-Bartha Scholarship. Awarded to women students majoring in Political Science who confront financial hardship or family obligations.
  • Phyllis Robideaux Wiener Scholarship. Awarded to an outstanding upper division Political Science student who attended an Oregon high school, has engaged in civic activities, and shows potential for future community involvement.

Students apply for these scholarships online at the PSU Scholarship Website.

Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society

Outstanding juniors and seniors who have declared a major in political science are eligible to join Nu Pi, the Portland State University Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Each year, Nu Pi conducts a policy taskforce for a client organization that gives students an opportunity to experience the policy process firsthand. In the 2013-14 academic year, Nu Pi members produced a visual graphic, research review, and presentation on “Resilience and Good Governance” for the humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. To be eligible to join, students must meet certain credit and GPA requirements. 

Professor Bruce Gilley is the Pi Sigma Alpha Advisor.

NEW Leadership Oregon

NEW Leadership Oregon is the award-winning women’s leadership development program housed at PSU’s Center for Women, Politics and Policy. Open to college women enrolled at any college in the state of Oregon, NEW Leadership Oregon educates and encourages outstanding college women to develop career paths toward politics and public service. The intensive, six-day training program consists of a series of skills-building workshops and interactions with Oregon’s past and present women officeholders, candidates, policy specialists, and activists.

Ms. Sunny Petit directs the NEW Leadership Oregon program.


The Friends of Political Science at PSU page on Facebook provides a place for members to interact with others who have an interest in politics and to learn about what is new in the Political Science Division at PSU, upcoming events, internship opportunities, job openings, and alumni news. The group is also meant to provide a means for students and alumni to remain in contact with friends and to help each other out through networking. The group is open to all current and former PSU Political Science students, as well as those who want to support Political Science at Portland State University.

Professor Richard Clucas is the Administrator of the Facebook page.