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The Wayne Morse Scholars program is an opportunity for students from across disciplines to tackle big questions of democracy and governance, and to explore various forms of political engagement. Wayne Morse Scholars meet throughout the year with a diverse set of prominent officials, activists, and scholars.  They also engage in praxis in real-world settings, do applied research, and develop specific leadership skills in a supportive environment.  The program aims to build a community of students committed to service and justice, and to cultivate future leaders to take on complex realities.

Application info

Applications for 2017 are due Monday, October 23, 2017, by midnight. Applications will be available in September.

 

Program components

  • Backstage PASSes with invited speakers including: elected officials, public scholars, and movement leaders
  • Monthly lunch gatherings to discuss compelling topics ranging from campus and local issues to national and global challenges (free food!)
  • Special seminars: PS351: Democratic Dilemmas and PS399: Democracy in Practice
  • Intimate workshops and training sessions to prepare for the job world and to explore varied leadership styles
  • Annual field trips to Salem, Portland, and other sites to watch the political process and public policy in action
  • Fun social events and service days
  • Internships and applied research for upper-level scholars, with modest funding to support them

Eligibility
University of Oregon sophomores and juniors from all disciplines are welcome to apply for the scholars program.  Roughly 25 students per year are selected. Criteria for selection include service experiences, demonstrated interest in politics or public policy, and academic merit. Students are expected to continue as Wayne Morse Scholars in subsequent years.

Applications are due each October. 

Read about the inaugural class of Wayne Morse Scholars in CAScade Magazine

2016-2017 Scholars

  • Sima Anekonda (Planning, Public Policy, and Management) ’18
  • Manju Bangalore (Physics, Math) ’18
  • Liz Beltran (Political Science) ’18
  • Sofia Bermudez-Eredia (International Studies ) ’19
  • Talia Berniker (Advertising, Media Studies) ’18
  • Allie Bowlin (Business Administration) ’19
  • Tiffany Couch (Political Science) ’18
  • Aaron Covarrubias (History) ’19
  • Austin Damron (Political Science) ’18
  • Caroline Doss (Medieval Studies) ’19
  • Elsie Elling (Political Science) ’19
  • Alexus Gandara (Philosophy) ’18
  • Kate Goldsworthy (Journalism, Political Science) ’19
  • Annalise Helm (Economics) ’19
  • Alexandra Jansky (Political Science, Spanish) ’19
  • Rachel Johnston (Sociology, Political Science) ’19
  • Sadie Kavalier (Accounting) ’19
  • Melissa Liu (Economics) ’19
  • Alejandro Mariscal-Salazar (Political Science, Philosophy) ’18
  • Bry Moore (Journalism) ’19
  • Michel Nunez Lopez (Planning, Public Policy, and Management) ’19
  • Anna Pena (Political Science) ’19
  • Maria Pervova (International Studies, Economics) ’18
  • Sravya Tadepalli (Political Science, Journalism) ’19
  • Preslee Thorne (Planning, Public Policy, and Management) ’18
  • Natalie Tichenor (Political Science) ’19
  • Alex Turner (Political Science ) ’18
  • Keegan Williams-Thomas (Political Science) ’18

2015-2016 Scholars

  • Rachel Alm (Family and Human Services, International Studies) ‘18
  • Brenda Alvarado (Political Science) ‘17
  • Pablo Alvarez (Political Science) ‘18
  • Nate Belcik (Political Science) ‘17
  • Rachel Benner (Media Studies) ‘18
  • Robert Edwards-Farewell (Political Science) ‘17
  • Lucas Eschelbach (Political Science, PPPM) ‘17
  • Aleiya Evison (Ethnic Studies) ‘17
  • Opal Farrell (PPPM) ‘17
  • Andrew Field (Journalism) ‘17
  • Natalie Fisher (Political Science, Sociology) ‘17
  • Nicholas Gioia (Political Science, Russian and Eastern European Studies) ‘17
  • Kyle Heiner (Journalism) ‘18
  • Lillian Jones (Political Science) ‘18
  • Candace Joyner (Psychology, PPPM) ‘17
  • Megan Knox (PPPM) ‘18
  • Jules Martinez-Plancarte (International Studies, Spanish) ‘17
  • Aleda McMonagle (International Studies) ‘18
  • Madison Moskowitz (Political Science) ‘18
  • Kaitlynn Newcomb (Political Science) ‘18
  • Kyle Novy-Riley (English) ‘17
  • Andrew Pence (Journalism) ‘17
  • Abbey Rooney (International Studies) ‘18
  • Amy Schenk (International Studies, Political Science) ‘18
  • Casey Scofield (Political Science) ‘17
  • Sierra Tillery (Psychology, Political Science) ‘17
  • Blair Toy (Environmental Studies) ‘18
  • Lauren Young (Undeclared) ‘18

2014-15 Scholars

  • Andrew Baker (Business Administration) ‘16
  • Jasmine Beeson (Political Science, Mathematics) ‘17
  • Nathaniel Brown (Media Studies) ‘16
  • Ruhama Dimbore (International Studies, Political Science) ‘17
  • Andrew Dunn (Political Science, Philosophy) ‘17
  • Ted Foster (Political Science, Philosophy) ‘17
  • Jessica Frink (Journalism) ‘17
  • Dalton Fusco (Environmental Studies) ‘16
  • Michael Gottschalk (Political Science) ‘17
  • Jacob Gram (Finance, Economics) ‘16
  • Kate Jaffe (Environmental Studies, Biology) ‘17
  • Bryce Keicher (Spanish, PPPM) ‘17
  • Isaac Kort-Meade (Economics, PPPM) ‘17
  • Aerin Lerch (Political Science, Environmental Studies) ‘17
  • Morgan Murphy (Undeclared) ‘17
  • Claire Pascual (Political Science) ‘17
  • Mario Radic (Political Science) ‘16
  • Maya Robbins (Environmental Studies, PPPM) ‘17
  • Kenneth Sergienko (Political Science) ‘17
  • Isabella Shaulis (Political Science) ‘16
  • Lisa Smith (Political Science, French) ‘16
  • Jacquelyn Ulum (Political Science) ’17
  • Paige Whitaker (International Studies, Romance Languages) ‘16
  • Kiley Wilson (Political Science) ‘16

2013-14 Scholars

  • Chloe Bosner (Political Science) ‘16
  • Ben Bowman (Political Science) ’14
  • Kelly Brandon (Philosophy, Political Science) ‘15
  • Thomas Dal Pino (Political Science) ‘16
  • Casey Edwards (Political Science) ‘16
  • Adrian Engstrom von Alten (Sociology, Folklore) ‘15
  • Kevin Frazier (Economics, PPPM) ‘15
  • Megan Gleason (Environmental Studies) ‘15
  • Marshall Kosloff (Political Science) ‘15
  • Andrew Lubash (Economics, Political Science) ‘15
  • Karissa Miller (History, Political Science) ‘15
  • Patrick Miller (PPPM, Spanish) ‘16
  • Hugo Nicolas (Economics) ‘16
  • Bridget O’Donnell-Davidson (Advertising, Political Science) ‘15
  • Lauren Reifer (Political Science, Theater Arts) ’15 or ‘14
  • Natalie Richards (International Studies, German) ‘16
  • Yanely Rivas (Ethnic Studies, PPPM) ‘15
  • Libby Schimmels (Political Science) ‘15
  • Helena Schlegel (Economics, Math, Spanish) ‘16
  • Celine Swenson-Harris (Political Science) ‘16
  • Nicole Stoenner (Anthropology, Political Science) ‘15
  • Alex Titus (Economics, Political Science) ‘16
  • Jacob Valleau (Political Science) ‘15
  • Kelsey West (Sociology, PPPM) ‘15

The Wayne Morse Center is grateful for a 2013-2014 grant from the Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education that provided a huge boost to the inception of this program.