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Apply for the Redeker Public Service Award. Deadline: May 7th, 2018.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Political Science Graduates:

Have you made a meaningful contribution to your community or to public service while you have been a student at UW?  If yes, apply for the Sharon Redeker Award for Public Service!

This award recognizes the achievements of graduating Political Science seniors who have performed exceptiona​l service in internships, service learning, volunteering and/or other forms of public service during their time at the University of Washington. It is named for Sharon Redeker who served as the Political Science Department's Academic Services Director for 15 years. Her commitment to citizenship and public service led her to develop the department's interns​hip and service learning programs.

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 7th by 5:00pm (PDT). Pol S majors who graduated in summer 2017, autumn 2017, winter 2018, or who applied to graduate in spring or summer 2018 are welcome to apply.  We expect to notify applicants of the department's decision in late May.

To apply, email the following, as Word docs or pdfs, to

1)  Personal statement (include your name and email address). Information that is helpful to the selection committee includes understanding why you value public service, why you chose the organization(s) you work(ed) for, how your work contributed to the community, what you learned through your participation, and the linkages you see to your study of political science. Earning credit for internships or service learning is not required, but if you did earn credit be sure to reference the professors who supervised you. 

2) Resume. Include your address, phone number and email address.

Keep in mind that public service can be defined in many different ways. Competitive applicants will articulate why they engage in public service, why they chose to serve the community (or communities) they have worked in, and they will reflect on their service and articulate the linkages that they see to their studies in political science.

The Redeker Award for Public Service will be presented to the recipient at the Political Science Convocation. It is on Thursday, June 7th, in the HUB Ballroom.

If you have any questions, contact Political Science Advising at or 206-543-1824 or stop by our offices in SMI 215. We look forward to reading your application!