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Senior receives Karl Andresen Political Science Scholarship

RELEASED: April 20, 2010

Stephanie Doms
Stephanie Doms

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Stephanie Doms, Chanhassen, Minn., recently was awarded the 20th annual Karl Andresen Scholarship for the 2009-10 academic year.

The $2,500 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and the promise of future academic achievements, according to Dr. Rodd Freitag, associate professor and chair of the political science department.

Doms will graduate in May with a double major in political science and theatre arts and plans to attend law school in the Twin Cities upon graduation.

Doms began her academic career as a theatre major and became equally interested in political science. While maintaining a 3.95 GPA, she performed in many productions staged by the music and theatre arts department and was the assistant lighting designer for one of them.

"She's taken on two very challenging majors and she's done remarkably well with them," said Dr. Geoffrey Peterson, associate professor of political science. "She's a very bright student. She works incredibly hard, and quite honestly, she is fun to have in class," said Peterson, who is also Doms' faculty adviser. "I think she'll do very well in law school. Her discipline and study habits are perfect for law school."

Doms received the Albert F. Larson Memorial Scholarship and the Chancellor's Scholarship and has been on the Dean's List and recognized for academic distinction every semester during her time at UW-Eau Claire. In fall 2008 Doms also served as an intern for U.S. Rep. Ron Kind's campaign.

"I am so honored to be the Andresen Scholarship recipient this year," said Doms. "The political science department has been so supportive of me during my time here. Many of the professors have put a significant amount of time and effort into helping me further my education, and I am so grateful for their continual support."

Dr. Karl Andresen taught in the political science department from 1956-88 and was known for his warmth and geniality. The Karl Andresen Scholarship was established by his former students to recognize a graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and the promise of future academic achievements.

Doms will be presented with the award during the Honors Month celebration and Pi Sigma Alpha reception at 5 p.m. April 21 in the Alumni Room of Davies Center.

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

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