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Students receive Karl Andresen Outstanding Political Science Paper Scholarship Award

May 4, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire seniors Amanda Schibline, Mount Calvary, and Noah Wiedenfeld, Lake Mills, recently were awarded the Karl Andresen Outstanding Political Science Paper Scholarship Award for the 2011-12 academic year.

The award was established by the former students of Dr. Karl Andresen, professor emeritus of political science.

"I know Professor Andresen served many years in our department and was very highly regarded by faculty and students," Wiedenfeld said. "Receiving this award is also a tribute to our current faculty who have helped me so much over the years. I have looked up to many of the previous award winners, so it is very humbling to now be added to the list of award recipients."

A committee of three political science faculty selected the award winners based on the papers submitted. The scholarship is meant to award junior political science students for outstanding research and writing in their course work, said Dr. Rodd Freitag, chair of the political science department.

Schibline's paper was titled "Investigating State Income Disparity on Voter Turnout in the United States" and Wiedenfeld's paper was titled "The Constitutionality of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act." Each student will receive an award of $250.

"This award is not only a reflection on the quality of my writing and research, but also on the quality of the professors that I have had the pleasure to learn from," Schibline said. "I am very grateful. Recognition like this award pushes me to delve even further into the issues that are affecting today's world."

Schibline plans to join the Peace Corps following graduation. She wants to focus on environmental development projects.

Wiedenfeld will graduate in December with a major in political science and a minor in geography. He plans to pursue a master's degree in public policy.

For more information, contact Dr. Rodd Freitag at 715-836-5044 or freitard@uwec.edu.

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