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Senior receives Karl Andresen Political Science Scholarship

RELEASED: May 3, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Jamie Browning, Eau Claire, recently was awarded the 20th annual Karl Andresen Scholarship for the 2010-11 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.

Browning will graduate in May with a major in political science and a minor in women's studies. He plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a master's degree in gender and women's studies and would like to eventually teach.

According to Dr. Pete Myers, professor of political science, Browning has been an active member of the campus community in addition to his studies, serving as president of the UW-Eau Claire Progressive Student Association and coordinator of that association's Human Rights Coalition, and as treasurer for the UW-Eau Claire College Feminists. Beyond campus, he served as an intern and data-entry coordinator for Obama for America during the 2008-09 campaign.

"That he is capable of maintaining his exceptional academic record even as he maintains this commitment to university and community service speaks most impressively of his abilities, dedication and personal discipline," Myers said, noting that Browning has been on the Dean's List, has maintained a 3.93 grade point average in his major and a 4.0 in his minor, and has been recognized for academic distinction.

Browning enrolled at UW-Eau Claire as a nontraditional student after working for 10 years in student affairs. He changed his minor from international politics to legal studies and then to women's studies.

"I took Barbara Kernan's 'Examining Women's Studies' class and fell in love with feminist pedagogy," Browning said. "I've always been a feminist, loved interdisciplinary study and found that political science/women's studies is the perfect match for the way I like to research and write. I love the way that women's studies research always has an eye on epistemological and even ontological questions, and cares deeply about the ethical implications of research choices."

Browning co-wrote "Examining How Immigration Waves Have Altered Cuban-American Voting Patterns" with Dr. Geoffrey Peterson, associate professor of political science, and had the opportunity to present it at the 2011 Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference. He also won the Helen X. Sampson Award for Undergraduate Research for his project titled "Implications of Methodological Choices in Measurement of Rape Victimization."

"The political science faculty has been incredibly supportive," Browning said, in appreciation for the award. "They hold students to a high academic standard and they encouraged and supported my interdisciplinary focus."

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.

Browning was presented with the award during the Honors Month celebration and Pi Sigma Alpha reception April 26.

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

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