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USD Receives 2009 Private University of the Year Award


USD received the 2009 Private University of the Year Award from the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars at an awards ceremony on October 19, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The Washington Center is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit.

J. Michael Williams, Ph.D., Political Science and International Relations, accepted the award as the USD faculty advisor for the Washington Center Program. Eleven years ago, Professor Noelle Norton selected the Washington Center for internships. Since then, 300 USD students have participated in internships and seminars at the center; most are semester-long internships. Professors Michael Williams, Del Dickson, Casey Dominguez and Noelle Norton have encouraged many USD undergraduate students to study in D.C. and have taken students to D.C. for a two-week intersession study. Unique to USD’s affiliation is the faculty participation and level of involvement with the Washington Center Program which contributed to the selection of USD for the award.

When notifying Williams of the award it was noted that “One of the many things that set USD apart from other institutions is the exceptional commitment to the academic quality of the experience for your students. That you and other faculty accompany your students to Washington each January is testament to the partnership that is so important to making the experience worthy of academic credit and to helping the students make the most of your experience.”

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