(a program of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government)
Named after the great MSU alumni, Senator John C. Stennis and Congressman G.V. Sonny Montgomery, the Stennis-Montgomery Association (SMA) allows students of all backgrounds and academic disciplines to become active on the political scene. Each year the most dedicated members of the organization visit Washington D.C. , to meet and network with MSU alumni and other prominent political figures.
The Stennis-Montgomery Association is a non-partisan, student organization heavily involved on the Mississippi State Campus. The purpose of the organization is to provide opportunities for students to learn more about the role of politics in Mississippi. Ultimately, the Stennis-Montgomery Association will allow Mississippi State University’s influence in the arena of political decision-making to become as prominent as the other great successes of the “People’s University.”
The Stennis-Montgomery Association is constantly engaged in events and activities throughout the year including but not limited to:
- Voter Registration Drives
- Congressional and other statewide Political Debates (Such as the Gubernatorial Debate that was held on campus in Fall 2007)
- Opportunities to meet political candidates
- Morris W.H. “Bill” Collins Lecture Series with Mitchell Memorial Library
- Dean Frances Coleman Congressional Research Paper
- Political Internship Workshop
- MSU Homecoming Game Tailgate
- Community Service Projects
SMA is a student-run organization, and relies on the involvement and assertiveness of the student-base within the organization. The opportunities for students to visit the State Capital, along with the US Capital, are based on the individual student’s involvement with the organization and the University. Points are awarded to each individual for the amount of involvement the individual demonstrates within the organization, followed by the development of a short essay on either John C. Stennis or G.W. “Sonny” Montgomery and their impact on the state of Mississippi. Once the point-threshold is satisfied, the students are then qualified and able to travel to Washington, D.C. for a week-long, hands-on exploration of the nation’s capital. The Institute has had numerous internships created as a result of this annual trip, which can catapult a student’s ability to obtain employment in Washington, D.C. upon graduation.
For a gallery of the Annual Stennis-Montgomery Association Award Winners, please click here.
To read more about the 2016 D.C. eligible students click here.
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SMA 2016 DC Trip
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