I will get straight to the point. I am currently looking into and about to apply to graduate programs. I will be graduatinig in May 2009 with a BA in Political Science with a Econ minor. I have my hopes set on the University of Michigan's PhD political Science Program. I am choosing their program because of an excellent faculty that caters to my interests (Political Parties, campaigns and elections, interest group politics). Here is a brief overlook at me...
Honors and Activities
-Undergraduate Student Government Senator
-Dept of Political Science Ambassador
-Department of Human Services Internship
-Internship in Illinois State capital with a Lobbying firm (catering to my interest group politics interest)
-An honors fraternity and the National Scholars Honor Society
-awarded "Most distinguished Junior in the Department"
-Hopefully graduating as one of the Top 25 most distinguished Seniors at the University
I am graduating from a pretty good research institution, Southern Illinois University. I am afraid that such an unknown institution will limit my probabilty of being admitited even though we had a student get in last year.
Tell me what you think and I appreciate your input
P.S.: U.S. News ranked University of Michigan as the No. 1 Grad school in American Politics.