PSA Conference


Every year in May, the Political Science Association sponsors the annual Political Science Conference and the Sandison Memorial Lecture.  The event is an opportunity for students and faculty to join together to discuss current issues in political science across the fields of public policy, political theory, international relations and American and comparative politics.  Students have the opportunity to present and discuss research papers they have completed in the course of their studies in Political Science.


Save the Date! 

May 5, 2015:  22nd Annual PSA Conference and Sandison Lecture

Details about the Spring conference will be posted here as available. The 2015 Gordon Sandison Memorial Lecture will be given by Jesse Moore, a Western graduate with a degree in Political Science.  Jesse currently works for the White House as a speechwriter in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.


Hoover Prize

The Hoover Prize is awarded to one of the student presenters who participated in the PSA Conference. This will be determined within a week or two of the conference by the Political Science faculty. The Hoover Prize is $100, and is to be used toward your education.



Questions about the PSA conference and Sandison Memorial Lecture should be directed to the conference organizers: Professor Vernon Johnson (, Professor Vicki Hsueh ( and Professor Debra Salazar ( You are welcome stop by the Political Science Office with questions as well.


Past PSA Conference Brochures

2014 PSA Conference Program 

2014 Sandison Flyer

2013 PSA Conference Program
2013 Sandison Flyer


2012 PSA Conference Program
2012 Sandison Flyer