Past Outstanding Students
Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduate
Chelsea Kelleher graduated magna cum laude, completing minors in English and Art History as well as her major in Political Science. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science honor society. Chelsea worked with Professor Jeffrey Becker as a writing mentor in several of our Writing in the Disciplines courses. As a member of Pacific's Speech and Debate team during her first three years at Pacific, Chelsea was a nationally ranked competitor and earned an avalanche of trophies.
Chelsea developed a keen interest in public policy research. A project she conducted under Professor Keith Smith's direction on the impact of certain housing policies on crime rates in Stockton garnered her an award for outstanding oral presentation at the recent PURCC Conference. Chelsea will be doing a research internship at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco, and she plans to do graduate work in public policy.
Pearson Prize Semi-Finalist
Ty-Licia Hooker (center) with Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston (left) and University of the Pacific President Pamela Eibeck.
Political Science major Ty-Licia Hooker has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2011 Pearson Prize to be awarded by the Pearson Foundation. The Pearson Prize recognizes students who give back to their community. Over 20,000 students applied for the coveted prize; 70 finalists will be notified in July.
Ty-Licia has initiated and participated in numerous community programs. Through Pacific's Washington Semester Program, Ty-Licia was a Youth and Leadership intern for the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in Washington D.C.
Meet Our Outstanding Senior for 2010!
While pursuing a second major in Economics and a minor in Anthropology, Shaun Callahan earned a B.A. in Political Science and graduated magna cum laude. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science honor society. Shaun has been an active and dedicated department citizen, serving as president of the Pacific Political Science Association and as a highly effective student admissions representative. He has undertaken several internships, including a stint in Congressman McNerney's office. Shaun plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political science.