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The UMW IRO Attends UNC Model UN Conference

In November 2021, UMW’s International Relations Organization took a team of 16 student delegates on a trip to the University of North Carolina Model United Nations Conference. Click here to read more!




The UMW International Relations Organization is putting on the first-ever ‘Saturday Simulation,’ surrounding NATO’s response to the fall of the Soviet Union, set in the final days of 1991. In the debate style of a Model UN ‘Crisis Committee,’ delegates will represent member states of NATO in a fast-paced simulation of historical events, influenced entirely by their decisions. It’s a casual affair, but schemes, assassinations, invasions, and intrigue are expected.

The simulation is on Saturday the 12th of February 2022, from 11-3:30 in the Monroe 233!

To attend, use this link to RSVP and select your preferred nation to represent — to guarantee a spot, please RSVP by Wednesday the 9th. After filling out the form, we’ll send out further information concerning basic research and historical briefs, and anything else we think might be helpful. For more information, (or, if you’d like to be involved in any capacity) come to our weekly IRO meetings, on Wednesdays from 6-7 in Monroe 346. We debate and discuss international affairs topics, attend national, competitive conferences for Model United Nations, put on charity events, and much more. We’d love to see you there!


Political Science majors (from left) Khaila Nelson and Lauren Talbert wore matching sweatshirts which say “a women’s place is in the house and senate”… Click to read more.


Study Abroad


PSIA student Gabriel Matteson and another student from the University of Texas at Austin in front of The East Side Gallery ( Gabriel is completing an IES program through the Humboldt University of Berlin.


My name is Nina Burges and I am an International Affairs major minoring in Economics and Data Science. I studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy for the spring 2020 semester through a thirdparty program, SAI Rome. Click to read more.


Check out an article on Emily Rothstein in Nepal by clicking here!

Check out an article on Stephen Lamm in France by clicking here!

Lydia Grossman ’17 recalling her time in Morocco. Click here to read more.



April 2020 – Jason Ford on his internship this past spring semester with McGuireWoods Consulting. Click to read more.


November 2019 – Tyler Michels is a senior graduating this Fall semester and is currently interning with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. The CCAI is a nonprofit that closely works with the largest bipartisan caucus in Congress.  Click to read more.


Student Research

Spring 2022 – Emma Bathke, Sally Burkley, and Noell Evans were selected to present their research at the 2022 National Student Research Conference, sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha . Click here to see the conference program!

Spring 2022 – Political Science major Cassandra Atkinson ’23 is coauthor of a column on Virginia politics, along with UMW Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth and UMW Geography Professor Stephen Hanna. Click here to read the article!

Fall 2021 – Political Science major Sally Burkley ’22 co-authored an article in the Washington Post with Professor Farnsworth. Click here to read the article!

February 2020 – Six UMW Political Science and International Affairs major students (Jeremy Engel, Zachary Handlin, Rebecca Jacobi, Kyle Lehmann, Tom Lengel, and Lauren Perez) presented their research at the Feb. 15 Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference in Washington, D.C. Read more about it here.

Spring 2020 – Student Sarah Pietrowski (PSCI 2020) will present research she conducted for Dr. Singh’s recent “Politics of the Middle East and North Africa” course at the 2020 annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Her paper, which examines Syrian refugees’  influence on German policy, was accepted earlier this year for presentation at the conference of the Virginia Social Sciences Association.

Spring 2019 – PSIA Students Present at Research and Creativity Day. Click here to read more.

February 2019 – Julia Gibbons presents at Pi Sigma Alpha Conference. Click here to read more.



February 2016 – Girard Bucello presents at Pi Sigma Alpha Conference. Click here to read more.




Dillon Schweers ’21 wins the 2021 Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society‘s Best Undergraduate Paper Award. This is the 11th time a Mary Washington student has won the best paper or best thesis award!

2021 Students awarded departmental honors. To see these and past honors, click here.

2018 Graduation, Kendall M. Parker of Fredericksburg received the Colgate W. Darden Jr. Award, which is presented to the student with the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the four-year undergraduate program. Click here to read more.

2017-18 Writing awards. Click here to read more.