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Graduating Seniors: Apply for the Redeker Award for Public Service

Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 11:55pm

Graduating Seniors: Apply for the Redeker Award for Public Service

Deadline extended to Sunday, May 5

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!

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.

Political Science majors who graduated in summer 2023, autumn 2023, winter 2024, or who applied to graduate in spring or summer 2024 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 Sunday, May 5th, and must include:

  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, 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 presented to the recipient at the Political Science Convocation on Thursday, June 6th from 10:30am-12:30pm in the HUB Ballroom.

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

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