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Apply for the Sharon Redeker Award for Public Service! Deadline: May 16th, 2021

Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 11:00pm

Are you a graduating Political Science senior who has 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 for 2021!

This award recognizes the achievements of graduating majors who have performed exceptional 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 internship and service learning programs.

Pol S majors who graduated in summer 2020, autumn 2020, winter 2021, or who applied to graduate in spring or summer 2021 are welcome to apply by emailing the two documents (listed below) to

These should be sent as word docs or pdfs only. Applications are due by SundayMay 16th, 2021 and must include:

1) Personal Statement (include your name and email address in the document).
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, including 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 in light of what they have studied in political science.

We expect to notify applicants of the department's decision in late May.

The Redeker Award for Public Service will be awarded at the end of Spring 2021.

If you have any questions, contact Political Science Advising at We look forward to reading your application!