2022 Percy-Synar Awards Ceremony

Friday, February 11, 2022
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Institute of Governmental Studies Library
109 Moses Hall #2370
Berkeley CA 94720

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Event Contact: Ezra Bristow, ezrabristow [at] berkeley.edu 

Join us as we congratulate the 2022 recipients of the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research and the Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship. Student awardees will offer brief presentations of their research projects.

The 2022 Synar Graduate Research Fellowship awardees are:

Annie Benn, Unilateral Action Reconsidered: Congressional Responses to Presidential Directives

Luis Tenorio, Making the Transition: Comparative Analysis of Formerly Undocumented, Now Legal Permanent Resident Latinos

Anna Mikkelborg, Three Essays on the Political Psychology of White Racial Liberals

The 2022 Percy Undergraduate Grant awardees are:

Tomi Chung, Asian Youth Identity Formation vis-a-vis Ethnoburban Politics

Emily Ma, Public Opinion on Sexual Assault

Anjika Pai, Beyond Legal Standing: Using Rights of Nature as a Tool for Indigenous Sovereignty

Juliette Margaret Tafoya, Amazon's and Big Tech's Influence on Privacy Legislation

About the Awards: 

Each year, the Institute of Governmental Studies awards up to four Charles H. Percy research grants in the amount of $500 each to U.C. Berkeley undergraduate students who are conducting research on an aspect of American politics, including public opinion, electoral behavior, civic participation, government institutions, social movements, and public policy. Students from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The Institute also awards three Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowships of $3,000 each. The Synar Fellowship is awarded to distinguished UC Berkeley graduate students who are writing their dissertations on an aspect of American politics, which may include comparative research across nations with the United States as a major case. 

The Percy Grants and Synar Fellowships are made possible by a generous donation from William Brandt and Patrice Bugelas-Brandt. These fellowships were created to honor Congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma, who was Bill’s mentor when he first became active in politics and public policy, and Senator Charles H. Percy of Illinois for whom Patrice worked as a press secretary.