Pi Sigma Alpha, Wilkes University’s chapter of the national political science honor society Sigma Pi, received a 2013 Chapter Activity Grant in the amount of $709. The chapter will use the grant to defray expenses for a trip to Washington, D. C., in the spring. While there, the group expects to attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court, witness a congressional hearing and meet with practicing lobbyists, experts at research think tanks and government officials.
Thomas Baldino, Mountaintop, Wilkes professor of political science and dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is chapter moderator and will head the students’ trip. Kyle Kreider, Wilkes associate professor and chair of political science, will also accompany the students.
The national honor society received funding proposals from 107 chapters across the country. Wilkes’ chapter was one of a select few to receive full funding for its proposal. Selections were made by James I. Lengle of Georgetown University and Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington. The committee members indicated that this year’s proposals were the strongest and most creative they had ever reviewed.