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Alexa Sendukas Wins Nation’s Best Undergraduate Thesis

Tue, August 31, 2010

Alexa Sendukas, a Government alumna, has received the 2010 Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis award from the national Pi Sigma Alpha society, the political science honor society.

Alexa’s thesis, “A Global Analysis of Women in Political Office: The Disjuncture between Elections and Appointments,” was one of four Honors theses which the Department of Government honored last academic year with a William Jennings Bryan Prize, awarded annually to the department’s top Honors theses.

“Alexa wrote a great thesis and this is a richly deserved accolade,” said Ken Greene, associate professor of Government and co-director of the Honors Program.

“I am very excited! It is definitely a testament to the Government Honors Program, and the guidance and support from my amazing thesis supervisor (Robert Moser),” Sendukas said.
Alexa has gone on to law school. “I just started at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where I plan to specialize in international and public interest law. Also, I have chosen to take Curriculum B at Georgetown, an alternative curriculum only offered at GU, and its approach to the study of the law really complements the knowledge and experience that I gained from participating in the Government Honors Program. Specifically, my background in political science and philosophy as well as my experience with research and writing on topics of an international scope made me an excellent candidate for this innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the law,” she said.

In addition to a cash prize, Sendukas will be mentioned in Pi Sigma Alpha's fall newsletter and the American Political Science Association’s journal of record, "PS: Political Science and Politics." An abstract of the thesis may also appear in the “Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics.”

Pi Sigma Alpha was founded by the University of Texas at Austin Department of Government in 1920. The society has nearly 700 chapters nationwide. Students interested in the Government Honors Program or joining the department’s Alpha chapter should contact undergraduate advisor Jeffrey Marsh.

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