Mentorship Program 2014 – 2015

The Political Science Association is looking for qualified undergraduate or graduate students (including MPA, MA and PhD) who would like to help the department. The mentorship program pairs experienced students with 1st or 2nd year PSA members to improve their academic experience and foster an interest in Political Science outside the classroom. This position is an excellent networking tool that will look positive on a resume or application. 

The application form is available here (mentorjuly2014) and responses are due Sunday July 27th at 11:59 PM 

Questions can be sent to mentor.psa.western@gmail.com 

Elections & Spring Updates

Happy Spring PSA!

As the year comes to a close, the PSA is preparing for a couple last events and arranging for the transition to a new Executive Team.

Elections

The PSA is hosting its Executive Team elections on 2 April 2014 starting at 5:30 PM in the Professors’ Lounge, SSC 3036. This will also be the final Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the club. Be sure to come out for food, drinks, socializing and—of course—to exercise your right to vote! All members are welcome to attend and vote. Members who can’t attend the AGM can vote online (more to follower closer to the election).

If you are interested in running for a position on the Executive Team, please visit our website and download this year’s election booklet. It goes over the available positions and outlines how campaigning and the election will work. You can see the booklet HERE.

All candidates MUST be registered by 9:00 AM, 1 April 2014 to stand for election.

Grad Banquet

The PSA is hosting its first annual Grad Banquet on 5 April 2014. This is a banquet open to all fourth-year students and graduates in the Political Science department. You do not need to be a PSA member to attend. You can purchase tickets from any member of the PSA Executive (Clara B, Phil H, Remy C, Allie C and Nick A). Alternatively, there will also be a booth in front of the Resource Room/Westmacott Room in the Political Science department (4th floor of SSC) where tickets will be sold on Tuesday, 25 March from 10 AM to 2 PM. More information will be released on our Facebook page.

Political Science Mugs

PSA Mugs

PSA Mugs

The PSA is once again selling “I ♥ Western Political Science” mugs. These ceramic mugs can be purchased for $5 in front of the Resource Room/Westmacott Room in the Political Science department (4th floor of SSC) on Tuesday, 25 March from 10 AM to 2 PM.

PSA Essay Clinic

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Don’t forget that our 1020 Essay Clinic is TOMORROW, 12 March 2014 at 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM in Somerville House 3315. If you are in Political Science 1020, be sure to pop by with your essay draft (or outline) and a mentor will look it over for you. Note that you do not need to have a final draft, we will look over any essay progress that you have.
The night class will be given priority during the first portion of the Essay Clinic.
 
IF YOU CAN’T COME:
For those of you who are unable to attend the Essay Clinic, you can arrange for one of our upper-year mentors to help you. Feel free to contact the PoliSci 1020 mentors and ask them for help. Some of them may be able to meet you on campus, others may only be able help you over email. You can find the list online on page 14: https://uwopsa.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/psa-official-guidebook-2013-141.pdf.
 
When dealing with our mentors, remember that they are volunteer students who also have their own course assignments, so please be respectful if they cannot help you before the 1020 essay due date.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the PSA at psa.western@gmail.com or at facebook.com/psawestern.

1020 Essay Clinic

1020 Essay Clinic (2014)

Our biannual Essay Clinic is happening once again this March! Be sure to come and benefit from having senior students edit your Political Science 1020 essay. This will take place the day before the essay due date on 12 March, 2014 from 5 PM until 9 PM in Somerville House, room 3315. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity!

PSA Mugs and Events for Semester 2

Firstly, the PSA would like to announce that Political Science ​mugs ​are now here!  ​These mugs are perfect representing your field of study.​ The first sale date will be this coming Wednesday, January 22 in SSC ​at the ​main foyer kiosk (just inside the doors) for $5 each.
 
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In other news, this coming semester will be jam-packed with fun events! Below you can find a list of all the different activities in which you can participate.
 
Next Week
  • Ontario Legislation Internship Program: There is an information session about the OLIP which offers paid internships to graduating and recently graduated students. 4:30 PM, Monday 20 January SSC 4112.
  • Nobel Laureate Lecture: Everyone is welcome to see Nobel Prize winner James Orbinski’s presentation: “The Politics of Global Health”. 3:00 PM, Friday 24 January; tickets must be purchased from Mustang Connections for $5.
Within a Month
  • Wine & Cheese: This is our annual wine and cheese meet and greet with faculty professors. This event is open to all members, although alcohol will only be provided for members 19+. Here you can mingle with all of your UWO and King’s political science professors. 5:30-7:00 PM, 10 February in the back area of the Wave.
Later in the Semester
  • Intent to Register: This is a good event for first-year’s and other students who want to know more about getting a minor, major, or honours in Political Science. This event will run through all of your different options and how best to pursue them. 5:30 PM, 26 February in Somerville House 3315.
  • Gender and Global Change: Where are the Women: This is a conference offered by Women in House where you can discover how conflict, poverty, and indigenous rights intersect with identity globally. Lunch is provided. Tickets must be reserved by 24 February: http://goo.gl/pN89ydConference is on 1 March, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the McKellar Room.
  • 1020 Essay Clinic: Once again, we will be holding our essay clinic for all first years. Feel free to bring in whatever essay progress you have and someone will look over it for you to make sure you are on the right track. 5:00 PM, March 12 in Somerville House 3315
 

Political Science Event Overload Week!

There is lots going on this week so be prepared to experience a Political Science overload!

Tonight (Nov. 24) is the deadline for the CPSSA applications. If you still want to submit one or want to learn more about the CPSSA conference, please visit here.

Tomorrow (Nov. 25) is the info meeting for the Women in House trip to Parliament. The info session is at 5:30 in SSC 3006. For more information, please click here.

Wednesday Nov. 27 is the PSA Holiday Social in SSC 3036 from 5:30 to 7 PM. Feel free to come enjoy some festive treats, music and games. We are currently negotiating with the winner of Western Voice so that we can have live carols! For more info look here.

Friday Nov. 29 the PSA and Gazette will co-host a book signing with Paul Wells, political editor of Maclean’s Magazine. This will run from 12 Noon to 1:30 PM in [new] Ivey room 1320. Tickets must be reserved through Eventbrite.

We would love to see you at all or most of these events!

CPSSA Conference

Yesterday we held our CPSSA info session to go over the details of the upcoming conference. You can find the minutes of the meeting here. The Canadian Political Science Students’ Association (CPSSA) holds a conference that allows students from across Canada to come together and share their perspectives on themes within the discipline of Political Science. This year’s conference is hosted here at Western and we will be sending a delegation of 10-15 students. Interested students, second-year and above, are invited to apply to be delegates to the conference.
Those who want to apply to the conference can fill out the short (one page maximum) application found here. Be sure to apply by November 24, 2013! You can send your applications and related questions to the PSA email.