The Tibor J. Bebek Memorial Scholarship was established in 1960 by Margaret W. Bebek in remembrance of her husband. It provides support to students in Political Science or History who demonstrate interest and success in the study of political philosophy. Preference is given to residents of the state of Maine, with awards given each spring. For further details, contact Professor Amy Fried, 113A North Stevens Hall, Professor Michael Palmer, 231 N. Stevens Hall, and Professor James Warhola, 123 North Stevens Hall.
The Judith Dawn Grant Memorial Scholarship was established in 1980 by family and friends of Judith Grant, a pre-law student. It provides support for junior or senior Political Science majors who will attend law school after receiving their degree from UM. Applications for the award are announced and accepted each spring. For further details contact Professor Mark Brewer, 227 North Stevens Hall.
The John Helmke Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 by family and friends in remembrance of Professor Helmke, who taught in the Political Science Department for many years. It provides support for outstanding students with a demonstrated financial need. Awards are given each spring. For further details, contact Professor Kristin Vekasi, 111 North Stevens Hall.
The James F. Horan Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at the University of Maine Foundation in 2006 for the benefit of University of Maine, Orono, Maine with memorial gifts from the family, friends and colleagues of James F. Horan. Dr. Horan was well known for his service and commitment to the community, church, his students and the University of Maine. It provides support for outstanding students with an interest and demonstrated capability in the sub-field of comparative politics. For further details, contact Professor Rob Glover, 113B North Stevens Hall.
The Eugene A. Mawhinney Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, with gifts in his memory from friends and family. It provides scholarship aid for deserving undergraduate students attending the University of Maine who are majoring in political science. Awards are given each spring. For further details contact Professor Timothy Cole, 233 North Stevens Hall.
The John Mitchell Nickerson University of Maine Scholarship Fund at the University of Maine at Orono was established in 2014 in the University of Maine Foundation with a bequest from John M. Nickerson, a member of the Class of 1959. This fund endows merit-based scholarships to be awarded to those juniors and seniors majoring in political science who are residents of the State of Maine, who have demonstrated scholarship of the highest order, and who have the greatest potential to serve the public unselfishly. Awards are given each spring. For further details, contact Professor Kristin Vekasi, 111 North Stevens Hall.
The Walter S. Schoenberger Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, with gifts in his memory from friends and family. It provides scholarship assistance for undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are majoring in the International Affairs Program in the Political Science Department. The recipients shall have a financial need and a high academic standing. A preference shall be given to graduates of Maine high schools that are situated in Maine’s Second Congressional District. Awards are given each spring. For further details contact Professor Kristin Vekasi, 111 North Stevens Hall.
The Graton Constitutional Essay Contest was established in 1900 by the late Claude Dewing Graton, and has been held annually for many decades. Awards are given for the best essays written on a constitutional topic that is announced each spring. The contest is open to students in all disciplines. For further details, contact Professor Timothy Cole, 243 North Stevens Hall.
An Outstanding Political Science Student and an Outstanding International Affairs/Political Science Student are selected by the Department of Political Science each spring, with the award going to the graduating senior with the best overall grade point average in their area of study. The awards are announced each spring. No applications are taken.
The Peter Madigan ’81 Congressional Internship Program, in its sixth decade, is open to juniors and seniors on a competitive basis. Each spring, several UMaine students are selected to live in Washington DC while working full-time in a congressional office, normally from the Maine delegation. Readings and reports are required in addition to performing staff work in a congressional office. Applications are announced and interviews are conducted each fall to fill the spring internship positions. For further information, contact Professor Richard Powell, 243 North Stevens Hall.
The Kenneth Palmer Maine State Legislative Internship Program is open to juniors and seniors on a competitive basis. It involves working two days per week in Augusta for approximately 14 weeks, from early January until early May. Students are assigned to the office of a member of the legislative leadership. Readings and reports are required in addition to performing staff work in a legislative office. Applications are announced and interviews are conducted each fall to fill the spring internship positions. For further information, contact Professor Richard Powell, 243 North Stevens Hall.
The Maine Public Policy Scholars Program is competitive, and is available to all students who will be University of Maine juniors or seniors in the next academic year. The Maine Community Foundation funds the program, which has students from across the University of Maine System investigate a state public policy issue. The policy scholar selected at the University of Maine will undertake a major research project involving some aspect of Maine public policy during the academic year. The scholar will work both with an outside mentor and a faculty member in the UM Department of Political Science in the development of a research project and paper. Scholars from the University of Maine System campuses will meet together to discuss their research in progress several times over the course of the year and convene in the spring to present the results of their research. Six hours of academic credit are awarded under the program. A stipend of $1,000 is also provided in the form of a tuition grant, along with up to $1,000 for travel and other expenses related to the research project. For further information, contact Professor Amy Fried, 130 Stevens Hall.
Study Abroad Opportunities
We strongly encourage students, particularly those with interests in comparative politics and international relations, to study abroad while at the University of Maine. There is truly an array of destinations and opportunities, and the study abroad staff at the Office of International Programs can work with you to determine a destination that aligns with your intellectual and personal aspirations. Here is a selection of some of the destinations where our political science students (and faculty) have gone abroad in recent years.
We also encourage students to consider the School for International Training (SIT), an immersive and interdisciplinary program with language and research/internship components in an array of locations throughout the world.
Political Film Collection
The Political Science Department maintains an extensive collection of films that deal with political themes. The films range from major Hollywood blockbusters to lesser-known documentaries and foreign films. Students may watch these films in N. Stevens Hall during the hours the departmental office is open (usually 8:00 am-3:30 pm during the academic year). Students will need to leave their Maine Card or driver’s license with the departmental assistant in order to check out a film.