Alumni

Welcome Alumni

Welcome to all alumni! 

Political science majors are accomplishing incredible things in Michigan and all around the world. We love to hear from you! If you'd be interested in being featured in one of our spotlights, send an email to plsdept@gvsu.edu with a picture and some or all of the following:

  • Name, major(s), minor(s) (optional), and year of graduation from GVSU:
  • Describe your accomplishment (education, work, voluntarism, etc.), and optionally, anything you did previously (just a couple of sentences or as much as a page):
  • Anything you’d like to mention about how your classes, professors or activities at GVSU prepared you for your current path (optional): 

If you are looking to make contact with fellow alumni, check out the GVSU PLS and IR alumni Facebook group.

If you need a letter of recommendation, you'll find our letter of recommendation guidelines here, and faculty contact information here

We look forward to hearing from you!

Spotlights

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Jeanine Anderson

Jeanine Anderson

Assistant DA in New York

Tyler Nickerson

Tyler Nickerson

Advocating for Affordable Housing

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Distinguished Alumni

Periodically, the Political Science Department is asked by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to invite a Political Science or International Relations alumnus to campus for the Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence program. The program provides a venue for departments to invite outstanding alumni back to campus to share their post-graduation experiences with the GVSU community.  Through the program, our distinguished alumni have the opportunity to share their insights about what constitutes strong academic preparation for students.

Political Science and International Relations Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence:
James Spaanstra 2005
Edward Cardenas 2006
Bob Monaghan 2007
James Meernik 2010
Nerina Cevra 2012
Richard Damstra 2015

Distinguished Alumni

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

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News

The Postsecondary National Policy Institute Scholar Program

The Postsecondary National Policy Institute Scholar Program

February 12, 2016

The applications for the Summer Scholar Program by the Postsecondary National Policy Institute are now available! Check out this amazing opportunity!

Professor Erika King Evaluates Primary Results

Professor Erika King Evaluates Primary Results

February 11, 2016

In an interview, Political Science professor Erika King discusses the New Hampshire primary results

Student Scholars Day Registration

Student Scholars Day Registration

February 05, 2016

Registration for Student Scholars Day is opening soon! REMEMBER: it is so important that you showcase your academic work! Do not miss this amazing opportunity!

Professor Erika King Discusses Caucus Results

Professor Erika King Discusses Caucus Results

February 02, 2016

Professor Erika King Discusses What Comes Next for Presidential Candidates

Miller-Adam's Research appears in The White House

Miller-Adam's Research appears in The White House

January 26, 2016

The Political Science Department is proud to announce Professor Miller-Adam's research was a leading influence in the White House this past week! Download her book here!

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Events

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

February 15, 2016 All Day

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigan’s U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2016 session.  Students may also...

Presidential Candidate John Kasich is coming to GVSU

Presidential Candidate John Kasich is coming to GVSU

February 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will be speaking at GVSU! Room opens for general seating at 9:30.  Sponsored by College Republicans. For more information...

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems"

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems"

February 15, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

When it comes to climate change, the local can impact the global! Former Mayor Heartwell draws on his decades of work creating a more sustainable Grand Rapids and insights gained for...

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Never Again: the UN's Role in Genocide Prevention"

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Never Again: the UN's Role in Genocide Prevention"

February 22, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Though 70% of Americans believe the U.S. should prevent mass atrocities world wide, according to a recent study by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, how do we do it? Dr. O'Bannon discusses...

Career Fair

Career Fair

February 25, 2016 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Career Fair is for Everyone! First & Second Year Students: explore job titles, career paths & employers Juniors: meet employers & learn about internship opportunities Seniors &...

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