Political Science Department Awards

Seidman Awards are named for Philip K. Seidman, a former trustee and benefactor of the college. The Senior Seidman Award is for the senior with the highest GPA within the major. The First Year Seidman Award is for the best first year student in an introductory Political Science course.

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The Abe Fortas Award owes its namesake to late Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas, who graduated from Southwestern of Memphis, the former name of Rhodes College, in 1930 as a Political Science major. The Abe Fortas Award for Excellence in Legal Studies is for an outstanding legal student.

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The Mike Cody ’58 Award is named for Michael Cody, a distinguished alumnus and the former Attorney General of the state of Tennessee. He is a partner in the Burch, Porter, and Johnson law firm. The Mike Cody Award for excellence in Political Science is for an excellent senior Political Science major other than the winner of the Senior Seidman Award.

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The Charlie Cook Award is for a senior other than the winner of the Seidman and Mike Cody awards.  The Cook Award for excellence in research for to a senior in Political Science studies who has demonstrated excellence in political research.