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Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics paper submissions

The Editorial Board of the Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate journal, the national political science honors society, is calling on undergraduate students to submit original research to the journal. Students are encouraged to submit research from honors theses, independent research projects, senior seminars, or methods courses. Submissions should be less than 35 double spaced pages in length. Successful submissions have a well-developed thesis, compelling arguments, and original analysis.

Submission deadlines are October 1st for the fall issue of the journal, and February 1st for the spring issue.

Submissions should be sent to: psajournalou@gmail.com

SNaPP Lab Seeking Research Assistant Applications, Deadline 8/21/15

Are you interested in political behavior, the study of why people think, act, and feel the way they do about politics? Would you like to be involved in collaborative research with other students, working directly with a professor? Applications to become a research assistant in the Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab are now being accepted.

For more information on the SNaPP Lab, please visit our website: http://snapp-lab.wm.edu/. Information about applying can be found at http://snapp-lab.wm.edu/applypage.html. Applications should be submitted through the Tribe Careers site (https://wm-csm.symplicity.com/students/). Search for “SNaPP Lab Research Assistant,” position #17810.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 21st at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Professor Jaime Settle at jsettle@wm.edu with any questions.

SSRMC hosts Psychophysiological Methods in Political Science Workshop

In mid-July, the SSRMC hosted the first ever Psychophysiological Methods in Political Science Workshop. As one of only four active political psychophysiology labs in the country, government professor Jaime Settle’s Social Networks and Political Psychology Lab is breaking new ground in political science research. William & Mary student researchers John Stuart, Zarine Kharazian, and Edward Hernandez welcomed graduate students from Temple University, UN Lincoln, and UC Merced and W&M alumna Taylor Feenstra (currently a grad student at UC San Diego) to the three-day event to share their experiences conducting psychophysiological research and discuss strategies for moving the field forward. Read more here.

Honors Fellowship Kickstarter

Interested in helping to fund a W&M Honor’s Thesis Project? Check out the “kickstarter” site,  http://honorsfellowships.wm.edu/  to donate now!   Last year 45 honors students received full summer grants thanks to gifts over this site; if we had been limited to internal money alone, we would have been able to award just 6 Honors Fellowships.  We have 70 students on the site this year and, as you’ll see on the site, 9 of these are already fully funded and many others have a great start. Every dollar that students receive, whether it’s a full Fellowship or just $200, goes directly to the intended student for project related expenses. 

Prof. Paul Manna to Speak on “Education Policy, Performance, and Democratic Accountability: State and Local Voting Behavior in Elections for State Education Chief”

April 22, 5 PM, SSRMC

Please join us at the SSRMC to hear Prof. Paul Manna, Associate Professor of Government at the College discuss his work “Education Policy, Performance, and Democratic Accountability: State and Local Voting Behavior in Elections for State Education Chief,” detailed in the abstract below. Food and drinks will be provided! Abstract: Chief state school officers lead state education agencies (SEAs) and are responsible for overseeing implementation of state and federal education policy.  Although every state has an SEA, chiefs assume their offices through various means, including by popular elections in around a dozen states.  By studying these elections from 1986 to 2010, this paper addresses the following research question:  Is voting behavior in elections for state education chief, in particular voter turnout in those races, associated with the content of policy and with student outcomes?  Although the literature on voter turnout shows that turnout declines in down-ballot elections, the heightened attention to schooling via expanded testing and publication of accountability report cards has provided voters with much information to judge state education performance.  By considering whether turnout in chief elections is sensitive to policy and outcomes, the analysis brings evidence to the debate about whether voters are capable of holding accountable their leaders who occupy relatively low-profile elected offices.

SNaPP Lab Career Center Event

April 1st, 4 p.m, The Career Center

Please join us at the Cohen Career Center presentation room on April 1st at 4 p.m. to learn about the best ways to sell your social science research experience to potential employers. We will be covering elevator pitches, resumes, interview techniques, and more!  SNaPP Lab Alumni Gabe Manion and Meg Schwenzfeier will be Skyping in as well to answer questions about their experience using research skills in their respective positions as a federal consultant for Deloitte and as a data analyst for the Analyst Institute.
This event is open to all Government majors, or anyone involved in social science research. Please bring a copy of your resume to the event.
Email: jdborman@email.wm.edu for any questions.

Making a Living Making a Difference: Non-Profit, Government, Environmental, and International Careers

March 28th 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Sadler Center 3rd Floor

For more information, please visit: http://career.wm.edu/CFM/MALMADday2015.old.cfm

Political Scientist Don Green Visits William and Mary

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Government Department Colloquium, 12 p.m., Morton 37

Field Experiments Workshop, 3:30-5 p.m., Morton 37

Acclaimed Political Scientist Don Green, famous for his work in field experiments, will be visiting the College this Friday (2/27).
He will be presenting at a Government Department Colloquium at 12 p.m., in Morton 37. Additionally, Dr. Green will be leading a Field Experiments Workshop also on Friday, from 3:30 – 5:00 in Morton.
These events promise to be highly informative and thought provoking for anyone interested in learning about or conducting their own political science experiments.

“The Accidental Diplomat: 35 Years In The Foreign Service” with Ambassador Katherine Canavan

Thursday, November 20th, 12:30-3 p.m.

Katherine Hubay Canavan (formerly Peterson) was a ForeignCanavan Service Officer with the Department of State for more than 35 years.  She retired after a distinguished career in November 2011, with the rank of Career Minister, the second highest in the Foreign Service.  Since retiring, she has supported a number of military exercises as a subject matter expert, particularly those which emphasize comprehensive, non-combat approaches incorporating various U.S. Government agencies, international and non-governmental organizations.

In her last posting (August 2008 to August 2011), she served as the Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to ADM James G. Stavridis, the Commander of the United States European Command (USEUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany.  As the senior civilian and third most senior officer at USEUCOM (Lieutenant General equivalent), Ms. Canavan worked with the United States Ambassadors to European countries and within the Command to maximize the effectiveness of the U.S. military training and assistance programs in the region as well as promoting interagency coordination and cooperation.

R Workshops

Wednesday, October 29th, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Morton Hall 244 Learning R: The Basics

(Advanced Registration Required)


Wednesday, November 5th, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Morton Hall 244 Learning R: Basic Data Analysis

(Advanced Registration Required)


Wednesday, November 12th, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Morton Hall 244 Learning R: Data Visualization

(Advanced Registration Required)

The goal of these workshops is to provide sufficient foundation for students in the basics of using R to equip them to explore and learn more on their own. More information can be found here.

Powerful feelings: Efficacy Beliefs and Political Action on Climate Change

Monday, October 27th, 12:30 p.m.

Social Science Research Methods Center

*Lunch provided* Neil Stenhouse, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University Along with other psychological motivations like shared identity and perceptions of injustice, feelings of efficacy have been found to be one of the major factors associated with participation in collective action. There are specific subtypes of efficacy belief, which can be more or less important in explaining different types of behavior. For climate change, which type of efficacy has the most powerful effect on behavior? For those who wish to encourage action, is it more important to convince people that they as individuals are capable of making a meaningful contribution to collective efforts? To convince them that collective efforts will convince politicians to act? Or that the actions politicians take will be effective in stopping climate change? The work Neil is presenting uses confirmatory factor analyses of cross-sectional survey data to test whether conceptual distinctions between different types of efficacy belief for climate change have a psychological reality – whether they each exist as distinct, measurable psychological entities, or whether response items can be better explained as caused by more general latent variables. Using structural equation modeling, he tests how strongly efficacy beliefs are related to self-reported measures of participation in collective action. This work provides an important first step in determining which efficacy beliefs are psychologically distinguishable and potentially influential for complex social problems like climate.

Workshop on Social Network Theory

Thursday, October 23rd, 12:30 p.m., Morton 37

*Lunch provided*   Bob Huckfeldt, University of California—Davis Professor Huckfeldt is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at University of California-Davis and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is one of the leading scholars of public opinion, particularly social context and social networks. He will talk with students about the important concepts and ideas that underpin the study of social networks in politics.