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Political Science Deparment|College of Arts & Sciences

Milward L. Simpson Fund

The general purpose to be served by the Milward L. Simpson Fund is to “further, foster and advance education and learning in the field of political science at the University of Wyoming."  To further this mission, the Simpson Fund will support a vibrant series of professional exchanges, thought provoking lectures, student scholarships and graduate fellowships in coordination with the Department of Political Science at the University of Wyoming during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Applications for Financial Assistance from the Milward L. Simpson Fund

In the 2014-2015 academic year, the Simpson Committee and the Department of Political Science will welcome requests for financial assistance from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and Campus Partner Organizations at the University of Wyoming to provide funding to further, foster and advance education and learning in the field of political science by supporting initiatives in five main focus areas:

1) To help enrich the educational experience of meritorious undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies related to the field of Political Science at the University of Wyoming by providing financial support for student-led research, professional or scholarly development, and/or other related learning experience opportunities

2) To help fund or defray the costs of bringing to the University of Wyoming distinguished lecture-scholars in the field of Political Science or related disciplines whose presence will serve to foster and advance undergraduate and graduate education, learning, and enrichment for Political Science students

3) To help provide financial assistance for students and faculty to support collaborative research Seminars, Symposia, Conferences or Workshops related to the field of Political Science that will foster and advance education and learning at the University of Wyoming

4) To provide financial assistance to faculty to support curricular enhancement and/or innovation for new or existing courses (or other related student-focused learning activities) that will directly serve to advance undergraduate or graduate student education and enrichment in the field of Political Science at the University of Wyoming

5) To help acquire for the benefit of the Department of Political Science reference and research materials and/or equipment not otherwise available from Departmental or University funds

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Application for Financial Assistance

Undergraduate and graduate students in Political Science and related disciplines enrolled at the University of Wyoming are encouraged to apply to the Milward L. Simpson Fund for assistance to support student-led research activities, professional or scholarly development, and/or other student-focused learning experience opportunities. 

For example, this may include requests from funding to help support or defray the costs of:

  • Necessary materials for thesis research (Eg. Software, archival/database access, technology, etc.)
  • Travel, accommodation and research costs associated with thesis-related field research, presenting at scholarly conferences, workshops, symposia, or to attend Professional Development conferences or workshops
  • Taking part in an approved and accredited Internship Program (Eg. Washington Semester, Wyoming State Legislature, Department of State, NGOs, etc.)
  • Attending Professional Development Conferences/Seminars (Eg. Methods, Teaching, Grants)
  • Hosting student-led Seminars, Symposia, Conferences or Workshops related to the field of Political Science that will foster and advance education and learning at the University of Wyoming
  • Hosting Student Club, RSO or other relevant student-led or student-focused events and learning experiences on campus related to the field of Political Science (Eg. Movie Nights, Receptions, etc.)

The application form and further information for Undergraduate and Graduate Students who wish to apply for financial assistance from the Milward L. Simpson Fund can be found here: Student Application Form

Faculty Application for Financial Assistance

Faculty in the Department of Political Science and related Departments & Programs at the University of Wyoming are encouraged to apply to the Milward L. Simpson Find for financial assistance to support initiatives in the following four focus areas:

  • To help fund or defray the costs of bringing to the University of Wyoming distinguished lecture-scholars in the field of Political Science or related disciplines whose presence will serve to foster and advance undergraduate and graduate education, learning, and enrichment for Political Science students
  • To help provide financial assistance to faculty to support collaborative research Seminars, Symposia, Conferences or Workshops related to the field of Political Science that will foster and advance education and learning at the University of Wyoming    
  • To provide financial assistance to faculty to support curricular enhancement and/or innovation for new or existing courses (or other related student-focused learning activities) that will directly serve to advance undergraduate or graduate student education and enrichment in the field of Political Science at the University of Wyoming
  • To help acquire for the benefit of the Department of Political Science reference and research materials and/or equipment not otherwise available from Departmental or University funds

The application form and further information for Faculty in the Department of Political Science and related Departments & Programs at the University of Wyoming who wish to apply for financial assistance from the Milward L. Simpson Fund can be found here: Faculty Application Form

Campus Partner Organization Application for Financial Assistance

Campus Partner Organizations at the University of Wyoming (Departments, Programs, Research Centers and Registered Student Organizations) are encouraged to apply to the Milward L. Simpson Find for financial assistance to support initiatives in the following two focus areas:

  • To help fund or defray the costs of bringing to the University of Wyoming distinguished lecture-scholars in the field of Political Science or related disciplines whose presence will serve to foster and advance undergraduate and graduate education, learning, and enrichment for Political Science students
  • To help provide financial assistance to support collaborative faculty research Seminars, Symposia, Conferences, Workshops or innovative student-focused learning activities at the University of Wyoming that will foster and advance education and learning related to the field of Political Science. 

Application forms and further information for Campus Partner Organizations at the University of Wyoming and affiliated Community Colleges who wish to apply for financial assistance from the Milward L. Simpson Fund can be found here: Campus Partner Application Form

Financial Assistance Application and Selection Process

All applications for financial assistance through the Milward L. Simpson Fund will be considered on the 1st and 15th of each month throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.  Decisions for funding will be made by the Simpson Committee in coordination with the Department of Political Science.  All applications for financial assistance will be evaluated on a competitive basis and assessed on each proposal’s relation to the general purpose of the Simpson Fund to further, foster and advance education and learning in the field of political science at the University of Wyoming and to at least one of focus areas for funding in the 2014-2015 academic year described aboveIn all cases where funding is awarded, due public recognition must be provided to highlight the support given by the Milward L. Simpson Fund and the Department of Political Science.

All applications should be submitted via email as a DOC/DOCX or PDF to Dr. Nevin T. Aiken, Chair of the Simpson Committee, at naiken@uwyo.edu or by hardcopy to the Department of Political Science (c/o Dr. Nevin T. Aiken) at the following address:
                        Political Science Department (Dept. 3197)
                        1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY, 82071

Any questions regarding the application process or the Milward L. Simpson Fund for Political Science may be directed to Dr. Aiken at naiken@uwyo.edu.

Undergraduate and Graduate Simpson Student Awards

Due to the generosity of the Simpson Fund, established in honor of former Wyoming Governor Milward L. Simpson to foster the study of political science, the department is able to offer several awards and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in the 2014-2015 academic year to further, foster and advance education and learning in the field of political science at the University of Wyoming:

The Milward L. Simpson Undergraduate Scholarship

The prestigious Milward L. Simpson Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate junior in Political Science for use during his/her senior year. The scholarship is in the amount of resident tuition for two semesters (approximately $4500). Applications from undergraduate students currently enrolled in their junior year during the 2014-2015 academic year are welcomed.  Scholarship Application

The Simpson Award for Outstanding Graduate Paper in Political Science

One $500 award will be given for the most Outstanding Graduate Paper written for a 5000-level Political Science course during the 2014 calendar year (Spring, Summer or Fall term) as selected by the Simpson Committee. Student applications and faculty nominations are welcomed. Paper Application

The Simpson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper in Political Science

One $500 award will be given for the most Outstanding Undergraduate Paper written for a 3000-level or 4000-level Political Science course during the 2014 calendar year (Spring, Summer or Fall term) as selected by the Simpson Committee. Student applications and faculty nominations are welcomed. Paper Application

The Simpson Award for Outstanding MA Graduate Student in Political Science

One $750 award will be given to the most Outstanding Graduate Student enrolled in the MA program in Political Science during the 2014-2015 academic year as nominated and selected by Departmental Faculty.

The Simpson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science

One $750 award will be given to the most Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science during the 2014-2015 academic year as nominated and selected by Departmental Faculty. 

The Simpson Award for Outstanding On-Campus MPA Student in Political Science

One $750 award will be given to the most Outstanding On-Campus Graduate Student enrolled in the MPA program in Political Science during the 2014-2015 academic year as nominated and selected by Departmental Faculty.

The Simpson Award for Outstanding Off-Campus MPA Student in Political Science

One $750 award will be given to the most Outstanding Off-Campus Graduate Student enrolled in the MPA program in Political Science during the 2014-2015 academic year as nominated and selected by Departmental Faculty.

Student Award Selection Process and Application Deadlines

The deadline for all award applications and nominations is 5pm on Friday, March 6th 2015.  All applications and nominations should be submitted via email as a DOC/DOCX or PDF to Dr. Nevin T. Aiken, Chair of the Simpson Committee, at naiken@uwyo.edu or by hardcopy to the Department of Political Science (c/o Dr. Nevin T. Aiken) at the following address: Political Science Department (Dept. 3197) | 1000 E. University Avenue | Laramie, WY, 82071

Any questions regarding the award application or nomination process may be directed to Dr. Aiken at naiken@uwyo.edu.

Decisions on all Simpson Student Awards will be made by the Simpson Committee in coordination with faculty from the Department of Political Science. All Simpson student award recipients will be recognized at the Political Science Departmental Awards Banquet sponsored by the Milward L. Simpson Fund.  The Political Science Departmental Awards Banquet will be held in Laramie at the end of the 2015 Spring semester.

Simpson Speaker Series

As part of its mission to further, foster and advance education and learning in the field of political science at the University of Wyoming, during the 2014-2015 academic year the Milward L. Simpson Fund will sponsor a series of public research talks led by distinguished visiting scholars and professionals as well as university faculty and graduate students working in political science and related disciplines.  A particular focus of the Simpson Speaker series is to bring to the University of Wyoming distinguished lecture-scholars whose presence will serve to foster and advance undergraduate and graduate education, learning, and enrichment for Political Science students.

An updated schedule of events scheduled as part of the Simpson Speaker Series for the 2014-2015 academic year can be found here soon.

Milward L. Simpson Lecture Series

As part of its mission to further, foster and advance education and learning in the field of political science at the University of Wyoming, each year the Milward L. Simpson Fund helps to bring to campus eminent political figures and practitioners in political science and related disciplines as part of the prestigious Simpson Lecture Series. Previous Simpson Lecturers have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, ideologies and disciplines and frequently draw large audiences from across campus and the surrounding Wyoming community. 

Previous guest speakers invited to campus as part of the Milward L. Simpson Lecture Series have included:

Chris Matthews, MSNBC's Hardball Host and Host of the syndicated Chris Matthews Show
James A. Baker, U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury, White House Chief of Staff
Dave Freudenthal, Governor of Wyoming
George Mitchell, U.S. Senator
Alan K. Simspon, U.S. Senator
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court
Sam Donaldson, ABC News Correspondent
George Mitchell, U.S. Senator
Donald Kendall, Chairman of PepsiCo
Sam Western, Western Identity Author
Casper Weinberger, U.S. Secretary of Defense
Lawrence Eagleburger, U.S. Secretary of State
James G. Watt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
William S. Cohen, U.S. Senator
Gerald Ford, President of The United States
George H. W. Bush, President of The United States
Jim Geringer, Governor of Wyoming
Michael Sullivan, Governor of Wyoming & Ambassador to Ireland
George McGovern, U.S. Senator
Davis Broder, Washington Post
Paul Simon, U.S. Senator
General George Joulwin, U.S. Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO)
Kathy Karpan, Wyoming Secretary of State
Karen Deike, Western Governors Association
Charles Bartlett, Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist
Thomas Strook, Ambassador to Guatemala
Ann Compton, ABC News White House Correspondent
Patricia Limerick, Center of the West - University of Colorado
Charles Levendosky, Editor Casper Star Tribune
Ambassador Richard Schifter, Special Assistant to the President
Boyd Eddins, Wyoming Senate President
April Brimmer Kunz, Wyoming Senate President
Speaker John Marton, Wyoming House of Representatives
Speaker Fred Parady, Wyoming House of Representatives

History of the Milward L. Simpson Fund

The fund was created October 17, 1969, to honor Milward L. Simpson (1897-1993). Simpson, a Wyoming native, was governor of Wyoming from 1955-1959. He was also the first University of Wyoming graduate to be elected governor. He served as a US Senator from 1963-1967. Prior to holding elective office, Simpson was a member of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees and was the board's president for several years.
Milward L. Simpson

Simpson was a spirited politician. The Wyoming Almanac, written by Phil Roberts, David Roberts, and Steven Roberts, (published by Skyline West Press) records this incident in Simpson's career:

"When Milward Simpson was campaigning for election to the U.S. Senate in 1940, he was pelted with oranges at a campaign stop in Hanna. Simpson was not deterred. The former star UW athlete simply hurled the oranges back at the hecklers who had thrown them. Even though Simpson came out even in the orange toss, he lost the election."

Simpson was the father of former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson and UW's former Vice President of Development, Pete Simpson.

Donations

For information about donating to the Milward L. Simpson Fund, please contact the Political Science Department to make arrangements.

You can reach us:

email: pols.info@uwyo.edu
phone: (307) 766-6484
Department of Political Science
Dept. 3197
1000 E. University Avenue
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071

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