Meet Samaila Adelaiye, a 5th-year PhD student studying political violence, armed conflict and intervention in conflict.
What led you to choose the Department of Political Science?
At the time I was applying for a doctoral program, I wanted a program that was doing a lot of quantitative work, as I had very limited experience with quantitative analysis. At the time, my interests were in civil conflict and a number of the staff here had published extensively on civil war and IGOs. In addition to these, considering the costs as well as the research ranking of the department, the doctoral program here was the best fit.
What's your favorite experience that you've had so far?
My favorite experience in the department would be the time the political science graduate students volunteered to clean up a hiking trail. It was fun and I think it was a great bonding experience for all of us. Serving the community and spending so many hours together discussing everything from research to completely nonacademic affairs was gratifying.
How would you describe the culture of the department?
The department is diverse in terms of research focus and this is really helpful for students who are still trying to figure out their research interests. It has created a culture where you can find adequate support for your work, unique as it might be. Fellow graduate students are always willing to help with problems and challenges you might face, academic or otherwise. The culture here celebrates variety. As far as research goes, homogeneity is not the norm.
What experiences are you looking forward to before you graduate?
I look forward to gaining more teaching experience and collaborating more with my peers in research.
What are your plans post-graduation?
I plan to pursue a career in academia.
How do you envision your time here impacting your future goals and opportunities?
The experience here coaches you to do research and present your research effectively. The skills honed here in the department, from the professionalization workshops to the actual seminars, prepare you to be thorough and confident in the research you have spent time perfecting.
What would you say to a prospective student who is considering Political Science at UB?
UB’s Political Science Department is a good choice for many reasons, from my own experience a few things stand out. Graduate school can be isolating, but here you have a small but mighty army of faculty members who are invested in your success. Even when your interests are evolving or changing, the political science professors at UB give themselves to helping you be your best. Here, you will also have a community of brilliant and welcoming students who are keen to connect with you both academically and socially.