Dr. Garth N. Jones Student Writing Award



The Jones Family and Chair Wilson with the two first place winners.

The Jones Family and Chair Wilson with the two first place winners.

This year, the Dr. Garth N. Jones Student Writing Award found a new home in the Political Science Department. G. Kevin Jones established the grant in 2004 as a way to honor the life and service of his father. Due to this generosity, the Political Science Department honored several students with financial awards for publishing a paper in the 2016 edition of Sigma, which is an annual undergraduate journal that focuses on political and international studies.

Many of the award winners, as well as the Sigma leadership team, met with the Jones family at a luncheon in April, where they talked about their various papers and their plans upon graduating from BYU. Both Garth and Kevin were especially impressed by the student research and faculty involvement that led to exploration of these topics, and they are eager to continue the encouragement of student research by offering these cash awards to next year’s crop of Sigma authors.

The 2016 Dr. Garth N. Jones Student Writing Awards are as follows:

1st Place ($1,000): Mandi Eatough and Jordan Johnston, Immigrants and Voting: How a PersonalRelationship to Immigration Changes the Voting Behaviors of Americans

2nd Place ($750): Brandon Willmore, Economic Consequences of the Palestinian Multi-Currency System: A Cost Benefit Analysis

3rd Place ($500): Madaline Gannon, At What Cost? Discrepancies between Women’s Legislative Representation and Effective Policy to Protect Women from Violence in Argentina

Honorable Mentions ($100 each):

 Andrew Jensen, How to Hold on to Hierarchy: Russia and the Near Abroad

 Jake Berlin, Unpopular but Effective? The Drone Strike Dilemma

 Rebecca Dudley, Do You Hear the People Sing? Populist Discourse in the French Revolution

 Benjamin Schmidt, Does Large Family Size Predict Political Centrism?

 Jennica Petersen and Rebecca Shuel, How Partisan Identification on the Ballot Affects Individuals’ Vote Choices

 Neil Longo, “All Things Denote There Is a God”: Platonic Metaphysics, Thomistic Analogy, and the Creation of a Christian Philosophy

You can find the articles in the current issue of Sigma

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