Three New Funds Support Political Science Students

The Political Science Department is pleased to announce the creation of three new fellowship funds through gifts to our department. These funds will support both undergraduate and graduate students. 
Robert Casier Endowment in Political Science
Robert Casier received his BA in political science from UCSB in 1947, just after Santa Barbara State College became a UC campus and was located on the Santa Barbara Riviera.  As a student he was president of the UCSB Honor Societies in Political Science and Education, and was an athlete who played basketball and volleyball. Casier went on to help found Santa Barbara City Collge (SBCC), as well as their Political Science Department. He earned his PhD in Political Science from UCSB and taught here for many years. He was widely recognized as a major figure in higher education in Santa Barbara.  Robert passed away earlier this year, at the age of 91. The fund will support undergraduate and graduate students.
The Brankica and Branko Cosic New American Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Milica Cosic, a graduate of the UCSB Political Science Department in 2010, who wrote her undergraduate honors thesis here, advised by Professor Cynthia Kaplan. Cosic went on to earn a Masters Degree in Security Studies at Georgetown University and  now works for the Economic Innovation Group in Washington, DC.  This award honors her parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from the former Yugoslavia. It is intended to honor the important contributions made by immigrants in America and to recognize their sacrifices. Each year the award will go to an undergraduate student. 
Mendell Prize in Political Science
This prize is funded by Steve Mendell, who graduated from UCSB in 1963 and who has been a supporter of UCSB in many ways, for many years. The prize will be awarded to two first-year graduate students each year, in recognition of exceptional promise in the study and teaching of political science and public affairs. 
Visit the UCSB Political Science Department's GIVING page to find out how you can make a contriubtion to our students.