CPSSA Calgary

The Canadian Political Science Students’ Association (CPSSA) holds a conference each year 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 the University of Calgary 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 here: CPSSA Calgary PSA Delegate Application. Be sure to apply by November 17, 2014! You can send your applications and related questions to the PSA email. Successful applicants will be contacted by November 24, 2014.

For more information on the conference, visit http://www.cpssa.ca/.

Best of luck!

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PSA Guidebook 2014 – 2015

The PSA is ecstatic to publish our 2014 – 2015 Guidebook! The Guidebook is your key to understanding UWO’s Political Science offerings. It includes information related to first and second year courses, mentorship programs, internships, graduate school and guides to writing essays. PSA Guidebook 2014-15

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 

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!