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Eau Claire native wins Leonard Gambrell World Politics Award

April 19, 2012
 Ember Loew
Ember Loew
EAU CLAIRE — A senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has received the Leonard Gambrell World Politics Award for the 2011-12 academic year.

Ember Loew, Eau Claire, was awarded the scholarship, established by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to recognize superior papers presented at the Wisconsin Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies Conference.

Loew is pursuing a political science degree with an emphasis in legal studies. Her paper, titled "U.S. Policy in Somalia: Evaluating the Transitional Federal Government and U.S. Interests," critically reviews U.S. foreign policy in Somalia. Her central argument explores the U.S. supported Transitional Federal Government and its incapability of governing the Somali nation, Loew said.

Loew said participating in a formal conference at the undergraduate level was a valuable opportunity and one that was made possible because of the Gambrell scholarship award.

"Without the scholarship, I might not have been able to participate in the Wisconsin Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies Conference, which was an incredible academic experience," said Loew. "I loved being able to represent my university at a statewide conference and would encourage others to attend in the future."

Dr. Leonard Gambrell, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of political science, taught at the university from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. The year he retired, he received the UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. The honor carried with it a cash award, which he used to establish the Leonard Gambrell World Politics Fund. Winners are selected by a committee of UW-Eau Claire political science faculty.

For more information on WIPCS or the Leonard Gambrell World Politics Fund, contact Dr. Rodd Freitag, chair of the political science department, at



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