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Political Science Student Clubs


Political science students are encouraged to actively participate in professional student organizations that help build leaders of character who will promote world peace and address world problems.

The Political Science Program has four active student and professional clubs, which are dedicated to promoting camaraderie between students when embarking on a journey of legal studies. These clubs provide valuable knowledge, professional experience, as well as establishing connections and relationships that will empower students to return to their home countries to build and aid improve their governmental and political systems and international relations.

BYU–Hawaii’s political science student clubs seek to provide a platform that will sharpen students’ understanding of political institutions and laws and their rights and responsibilities as a citizen of their country. This approach is founded with the hope for students to fulfill BYU–Hawaii’s motto of “Enter to learn. Go forth to serve” after graduation.

Political Science Student Clubs

Pi Sigma Alpha

July 23, 2019 01:55 PM
The only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States.

Human Rights Organization

July 23, 2019 02:48 PM
Seeks to give BYUH a voice in the international campaign for human rights. With every student’s involvement, this organization hopes to provide a platform for promoting human dignity and securing the economic, cultural, and social rights of individuals everywhere.

Prelaw Society

July 23, 2019 02:29 PM
Dedicated to bringing students together in camaraderie to explore the legal landscape, embark on the path of legal education, and serve in executive leadership positions.

Club Officers

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    Jennifer Kajiyama Tinkham graduated from BYU–Hawaii as valedictorian in 2002, studying both political science and Japanese. As an undergraduate, she worked in the U.S. Senate for the Secretary of the Senate, the Hawai'i Attorney General's Office, the Hawai'i State Supreme Court, and the Hawai'i State House of Representatives. Jennifer also served a mission in the Japan Nagoya mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon her return, she attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School in Provo, Utah, emphasizing in international law and alternative dispute resolutions. As a law student, Jennifer was editor-in-chief of BYU's International Law and Management Review Journal, and selected as a top oralist from the Western Region in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jennifer also completed a Master's of Public Administration from the Marriott School of Management, specifying her studies in non-profit and human resources management. Jennifer is a licensed attorney and is also a certified court mediator, divorce mediator, and arbitrator. She has worked for several judges and law firms, working on cases ranging from business law to worker's compensation and most recently, family law. Jennifer is the Legal Studies program director at BYU–Hawaii, professor for the legal studies classes, and serves as the Prelaw Society at BYU–Hawaii faculty advisor. She also serves on the advisory board of the Religious Freedom and Human Dignity Initiative.

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    Taylor Nikolaus is a senior at BYU–Hawaii and is originally from Arizona. Taylor will graduate in December 2021 with a political science degree, minors in organizational behavior and foundational language, and certificates in legal studies and international development. Taylor is the lead fellow for BYU–Hawaii's Religious Freedom and Human Dignity Initiative. She currently serves as one of the presidents of Prelaw Society at BYU–Hawaii. After graduation, she wants to augment her knowledge of law and government by obtaining a joint law degree and Master of Public Administration (JD/MPA) degree and working in public service.

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    Amber Helfrich grew up in Rexburg, Idaho. She is a political science major with minors in history and business management marketing. She is currently a T.A. for professor Kajiyama as well as one of the presidents for the Prelaw Society. She plans on attending law school after graduating from BYUH in June of 2022.

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    Vice President of Public Relations
    Noah Shoaf is a current senior at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, pursuing a major in political science with a minor in theatre and certifications in legal studies, international peacebuilding, and international development. He aspires to become a foreign service officer after graduation, and is also interested in journalism, non-profit work, and law. He interned remotely with the U.S. State Department for U.S. Embassy Banjul, assisting the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia, helping them run a campaign to encourage compliance with COVID-19 prevention. He previously worked as the co-editor-in-chief for the BYU–Hawaii newspaper, the Ke Alaka'i.

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    Vice President of Events
    Angela Morales majors in political science and psychology and minors in Spanish. She earned her certificates in legal studies, criminal justice, international development, and TESOL. She is a fellow for the Religious Freedom and Human Dignity Initiative and the current president and founder of Human Dignity Club at BYU–Hawaii. She obtained a teaching endorsement from the Geneva Office for Human Rights Education to instruct and train students in the Philippines about Human Dignity and International Human Rights. Her goals include going to all the national parks and becoming a women’s rights lawyer.

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    Vice President of Advertisements
    Killian Canto, from the great state of Texas is majoring in political science and plans on going to law school to get a joint JD/MPA. She loves cows, so her end goal is to become a lobbyist on their behalf.

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    Vice President of Finances
    Schuyler Chamberlain is from the San Francisco Bay area and is majoring in political science and completing the legal studies certificate as well. He has a goal to attend law school and has the desire to work internationally.

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    Vice President of Resources
    Amanda Joy was born and raised in a surfing town off the coast of Southern California and has a love for reading and writing, so she decided to major in English. After graduation, she wants to pursue a career in law and advocate for the right to religious freedom internationally.