The University of Michigan’s Department of Political Science is one of the world’s best. We pride ourselves on our outstanding teaching, trailblazing scholarship, and deep commitment to our undergraduate and graduate students. For the past 100 years, a degree in political science from the University of Michigan has been the foundation of many successful careers–including data science, law, public service, and communications.
Your Gifts at Work - Undergraduate Student Support
With our donors' help, we can support our outstanding undergraduate students in accomplishing their goals yearly. Whether it's as a member of one of our exceptional student organizations, doing research as part of our robust honors program, or interning for a local campaign.
UPSA hosts events and workshops to facilitate a better understanding of politics and political issues on campus. We also host many events that allow students to get to know our excellent Political Science faculty in a smaller, more intimate setting. We additionally host guest speakers, trivia nights, watch parties, and many more fun events!
"UPSA has opened up so many doors for me in local Ann Arbor politics. A candidate came to speak to us freshman year; I began working as a volunteer on his campaign and ended up in a paid position. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work on three campaigns. If it wasn't for UPSA, I am not sure I would have ever gotten these opportunities." —Seth Friedman, 2022-2023 UPSA President
Michigan Mock Trial
Michigan Mock Trial is an entirely undergraduate student-led team of about two dozen students majoring in programs across the University who travel around the country to compete with other University teams in a packed courtroom simulation. Teams must be prepared to argue both sides of a criminal or civil case and serve as attorneys and witnesses.
"Being a part of Michigan Mock Trial has transformed my undergraduate experience. Through MMT, I competed all over the country, learning about the world of law from real lawyers and judges. MMT has given me skills and friendships that will last a lifetime." —Emily Kopp, 2022-2023 Michigan Mock Trial Logistics Chair
Academic Experience Fund
The department uses this fund to help support our undergraduate students by providing small amounts of funding (up to $500) to facilitate academic experiences beyond the traditional U-M classroom that advance students’ understanding of political science as a discipline. Students may use the funding to support plans for conference attendance, internships, or research projects.
"My name is Kylie Chicilli, and I am a senior at U of Michigan double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. I am currently abroad in Sorrento, Italy, at Sant'Anna Institute, taking classes to finish my degrees. I also participate in an international internship program for D.R.O.P., a local LGBTQ+ civil rights and human rights advocacy organization. This experience has taught me much about intercultural communication, policy, and D.E.I. research and the importance of a well-rounded, diverse experience. Attending school abroad and interning internationally has been the most rewarding and educational experience thus far in my life. I have grown professionally, educationally, and socially and will forever hold this experience as something special in my heart. This would not be possible without the support of the scholarships the Political Science Department and the University of Michigan provides, and I am very grateful to have the aid and support of my educational institution." —Kylie Chicilli - Interning/Studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy with Financial Help from the Academic Experience Fund.
Gifts to this fund help the department provide students with financial support for traveling to meetings and conferences, bringing speakers to campus, and recruiting and retaining top faculty.