archive of student Highlights

All current and former political science student highlights can be viewed below.

  • Student Highlight: Jayme Massion

    by Stephanie Whitaker | Oct 20, 2015

    Jayme Massion
    Jayme Massion
    – Expected graduation:  December 2015

    Jayme is a graduating senior, majoring in Political Science and Economics. She grew up in Carpentersville, Illinois, and attended Elgin Community College completing an Associate of Arts degree, before transferring to UIC.

    In addition, to her academic involvement in political science, she has sought extracurricular opportunities in the field itself, mainly in the non-governmental organization (NGO) realm.  Her volunteer efforts include serving for a year with Illinois Public Interest Research Group (Illinois PIRG), during which she led a healthcare education campaign on UIC campus to educate students about the new health insurance rights and resources available to young people under the ACA/Obamacare.

    Jayme says one of the things she’s most proud of is, “while volunteering with PIRG, I also co-led a voter registration team that registered more than 200 UIC students as voters leading up to the fall 2014 general elections.”  This past summer Jayme held an internship with the Alliance for Community Services, a young, local coalition that is working to protect human services such as Medicaid, paratransit, and food stamps from budget cuts in Illinois. “I also make sure to stay involved in student organizations, which for me has been a great way to get experience in the broad field of political science.”  Currently, Jayme is the president of Political Science Student Union (PSSU). She is also the treasurer for United Students Against Sweatshops at UIC, a student-led organization that works to correct injustices for workers in supply chains both locally and internationally.

    After graduation, Jayme plans to continue work in the non-profit sector with a non-governmental organization.

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  • Student Highlight: Ruben Bautista

    by User Not Found | Oct 09, 2015

    Ruben Bautista
    Ruben Bautista
    – Expected graduation:  May 2016

    Ruben recently returned from studying abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  As a student at the LSE he had the chance to take two courses: Development Economics 307 and Law 203—International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration. Ruben says, “Four years ago I would have not seen myself capable of accomplishing these goals. Coming from a first generation immigrant family, I often found myself having to explain to my parents why I had to spend so much time on campus.”

    Now a graduating senior, Ruben says that, “staff members in LARES (Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services) and UIC’s Faculty have been incredibly supportive of his educational endeavors.   As a soon to be UIC Alumni, I would encourage undergraduate students to get involved and make their time at UIC much more than just going to classes. I will also like to let them know that there are a lot of people on campus who are more than willing to help us achieve our goals.”

    After graduation, Ruben plans to pursue a one-year international Master’s program or take part in a fellowship program.  Ultimately, he will be heading to law school.

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  • Student Highlight: Brian Geiger

    by Stephanie Whitaker | Sep 27, 2015

    Brian Geiger
    Brian Geiger
    – Expected graduation:  May, 2016

    Brian is an Honors College student double majoring in Political Science and Criminology, Law & Justice.   He came to UIC as a transfer student and says his UIC experience has been both challenging and rewarding. Brian contributes one of his most rewarding experiences on campus as being a part of the UIC Undergraduate Student Government (USG).  He says, “Being a part of USG gave me the opportunity to work closely with a diverse group to make USG and campus information more transparent and accessible to other students.”  Brian also believes that, “finding faculty mentors within the departments and supportive resources on campus like The CHANCE Program and TRiO” played a huge part in his success at UIC.

    Brian spends time outside of the classroom working on housing issues and anti-violence initiatives in the community.  He is currently a Public Policy Fellow at the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, (CLC) Inc.  As a fellow, he helps to coordinate the community anti-violence restoration endeavor (CARE) collaborative. He is also a co-coordinator for the transform neighborhoods project.  Brian mentioned that, “This project was listed in the Chicago Tribune as “one of the 12 new ways to heal a city” and consist of people who are at least 18 years or older living in an innovation house.  The transform neighborhoods project is modeled as a modern day Jane Addams Hull House.”

    Brian is currently studying for the LSAT exam, but says his future aspirations “may include both graduate school and Law School to become a Civil Rights Attorney.”

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