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Calling all Policy-Minded Undergraduates:
Are you interested in public health policy? Do you want the chance to meet with professionals from the Texas Medical Center, tour some of the world's finest medical facilities, interact with Baker Institute fellows, and meet renowned public figures? Compete in the Baker Institute Student Forum's Inaugural Undergraduate Public Policy Competition! This competition is hosted by Rice University in the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Texas.
Either individually or in groups of up to 3, submit a 3,000 to 6,000 word proposal on how to best improve health care in the United States. You may discuss any aspect of healthcare you wish but be sure to address quality, cost, and access. The top 15 finalists will compete at the Baker Institute on September 21st, 2013. Finalists will give 10 minute presentations to a panel of judges from the Texas medical community and then be honored at an open house gala. Proposals must include an abstract, a cover page (please print the names of the authors on this page only), and be Times New Roman, 12 point font, and double spaced. Papers will be accepted from May 1st to August 15th. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CURRENT SENIORS ARE ELIGIBLE!
The top three winners will win cash prizes!
Tentative prizes are:
-First Place: $2,500
-Second Place: $2,000
-Third Place: $1,500
All finalists will have the abstracts of their papers published in a booklet which will be distributed to medical professionals. Their whole paper will be published in Rice's undergraduate policy journal, The Cultivator.
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Centers of Excellence
The faculty of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas have an outstanding reputation for scholarly research and teaching. Our faculty have won more teaching awards than any other department on campus. According to a recent review of political science programs, our department ranks 3rd in “Graduate Training Programs” and 6th in “Affiliation Rankings.” The first of these rankings reflects the research productivity of a department's graduate students, while the second ranking measures faculty research productivity adjusting for the number of faculty in the department. That is, our faculty and PhDs are regularly producing more research than almost all other political science departments in the US on a per capita basis. Faculty and students in the Department of Political Science have also established centers of excellence in research and teaching in several core areas of political science. Two of our faculty sit on the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association, and also hold prominent positions on the Executive Council of the International Studies Association, the Western Political Science Association and other organizations.
Peace Science Research
Our Department has an outstanding reputation in international relations and comparative politics for our expertise in peace science research—the study of the causes and consequences of conflict. We hosted the 2010 annual meetings of the Peace Science Society; and have an excellent record of placing graduate students at research universities. In addition, our department is home to the only Peace Studies program in the Southwest; has hosted numerous conferences on international topics and is home to award-winning study abroad programs. Our faculty publish extensively on international relations and comparative politics in academic journals and presses, and also apply their expertise regarding current world events in outlets such as The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The World Bank, and The U.S. Army War College. You can find more about their interests below.
Professor Glen Biglaiser – Latin American politics, economic and political issues in the developing world.
Professor Marijke Breuning – foreign policy, gender issues and political science education.
Professor Jacqueline DeMeritt - Human rights and repression, violent political conflict, and research methods
Professor Andrew Enterline – International conflict, civil conflict, and imposed polities.
Professor Michael Greig – conflict mediation, peacekeeping, and imposed polities.
Professor Paul Hensel – territorial disputes, international rivers, international conflict and conflict management.
Professor John Ishiyama – East European politics, political transitions, and political science education.
Professor T. David Mason – civil conflict, post conflict peacebuilding and crisis forecasting.
Professor James Meernik – transitional justice, US foreign policy and post conflict peacebuilding.
Professor Emile Sahliyeh – Middle East politics, religion and politics, and human rights.
Professor Idean Salehyan – civil and international war, international migration, and environmental politics.
Human Security, Democracy, and Global Development Cluster
Members of our department play an important role in UNT's Human Security, Democracy, and Global Development research cluster. This is an interdisciplinary endeavor that studies the nexus of economic factors, political institutions, and peace. UNT offers one of the strongest peace and conflict research programs in the U.S., with numerous internationally-recognized faculty members. Political scientists, economists, historians, and geographers, among others, collaborate with agencies such as the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Defense, the United Nations, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation to develop conflict resolution strategies and shape programs that foster economic development. Additionally, the Castleberry Peace Institute serves as the cluster’s institutional home and supports the cluster as a resource for analysis and evaluation of policy options.
The cluster will strategically expand this base of expertise by adopting emerging technologies to collect, analyze, and present data regarding development and security. Statistical methods and qualitative research, augmented by geospatial (GIS) analysis, computational modeling, natural language processing, database management and data visualization, will significantly expand knowledge of human security issues. The advanced complement of tools will help UNT researchers to monitor conflicts as they happen, evaluate the effectiveness of various policy interventions, forecast future unrest, and ultimately expand knowledge about the determinants of security and prosperity. The scope and depth of the cluster’s dedicated infrastructure will help make UNT a premier program at the forefront of peace and conflict research.
Judicial Politics Research
Our Department has a strong reputation in the field of judicial politics. One recent survey of public law faculty productivity ranks the Department fifth among U.S. universities and first in the Southwest*. Our award-winning judicial politics faculty have published extensively on a wide range of topics relating to law and courts, including American and International courts, civil rights and liberties, human rights and gender equity, judicial behavior and decision making, and the relationship between courts and other political institutions. You can find more about their interests below.
Professor Bethany Blackstone – judicial process and behavior, the impact of the Supreme Court on congressional decision-making, and strategic behavior in the United States Courts of Appeals.
Professor Paul Collins – judicial behavior and decision making, interest group participation in the courts, legal argumentation and persuasion, psychology of judging.
Professor Wendy Watson - courts, criminal justice, separation of powers.
Professor Kimi King – judicial behavior, human rights, gender equity, civil rights and liberties, and the interaction between legislative, executive and judicial policymaking.
Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor Eddie Meaders – financing of state judicial elections, judicial selection reform in Texas, lower federal court confirmation process, federal circuit court selection, behavior, and process, legal services to the poor.
Professor James Meernik – international criminal tribunals, human rights and post conflict peace building.
Research on Political Parties and Elections
Our Department has a strong group of faculty members whose work is related to the study of political parties and elections. Numerous books and articles they have published cover such wide-ranging subjects as electoral systems, party systems, U.S. presidential and congressional elections, voting behavior, ethnic parties, party development, communist successor parties, and candidate recruitment. Geographically, virtually every part of the world has been studied in their published work, but their particular strength lies in the research on the United States, Canada, Britain, post communist countries, and Asia. Their articles on political parties and elections have appeared in such leading journals as American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly, andSocial Science Quarterly. You can find more about their interests below.
Professor Regina Branton – electoral politics.
Professor John Ishiyama -- political parties, political institutions, democratization and ethnic conflict in post communist states in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa.
Professor Ko Maeda -- electoral systems, intra-party politics, strategies of ruling parties and opposition parties, political institutions, and Asian politics.
Professor Philip Paolino -- voting behavior, elections, and party politics in the U.S. and other countries.