The Muir Leadership Award, established in 2014, recognizes exemplary undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to public service. Applicants are nominated by the Political Science department. Recipients demonstrate a high level of academic distinction and are leaders on campus, in their communities or public affairs. Thanks to generous donations to the Muir Award endowment, winners each receive $2,500. 

Meet the 2020 Recipients

photo of Nicole Mendozaphoto of Mahshad BadiiCongratulations to the 2020 recipients of the Muir Leadership Award: Nicole Mendoza ('20) and Mahshad Badii ('20). Both are Political Science majors who are dedicated to public service. Read more about Nicole and Mahshad

Nicole Mendosa, left and Mahshad Badii, right


Profile of Professor Muir

Sandy MuirProfessor Muir taught in the Berkeley Political Science Department from 1968 through 1998 in the fields of American Politics and Constitutional Law. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude) and Ph.D. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan. He was honored with Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award (1974) and Phil Beta Kappa, Northern California’s Excellence in Teaching Award (1992).

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Help support the Muir Award by making an online gift to the William K. (Sandy) Muir, Jr. Leadership Award Endowment Fund.