Meet Sara Norrevik, a 4th-year PhD student studying international political economy, international organizations, European politics and American politics.
What led you to choose the Department of Political Science?
The department has inspiring faculty in my field, IPE, and lots of expertise in American Politics which is interesting for me as an international student. I also like the focus on quantitative methods.
What's your favorite experience that you've had so far?
Conferences. For the academic exchanges and for seeing new parts of North America. Chicago, New Orleans, Boston and Toronto are locations of some of the larger political science conferences I’ve attended.
How would you describe the culture of the department?
We have great discussions in class with diverse perspectives and experiences from all corners of the world. Faculty is generous with sharing experiences of how to become a professional in the field, through a series of workshops. This has been really useful.
Have any faculty members become close mentors?
My advisor Prof. Elena McLean has been enormously helpful in facilitating the transition from being a student to a political scientist on the job market.
What experiences are you looking forward to before you graduate?
Finalizing the dissertation and sharing research at conferences.
What are your plans post-graduation?
I am excited to try the academic career, as I already have a background in working in government.
How do you envision your time here impacting your future goals and opportunities?
The department has equipped me with the tools necessary for doing rigorous research in my field and for keeping me updated with the latest in the field.
What would you say to a prospective student who is considering Political Science at UB?
Go for it. Be prepared for a large workload but as long as you have an interest in politics, you will enjoy the readings and discussions in class, and eventually you have the methods to support your own research.