Carrie Gates | February 12, 2017
Three graduate students in the Department of Political Science—Jeremy Graham, Mikaila Leyva, and Juan Valdez—have recently been awarded competitive national fellowships for their research.
Graham and Valdez received 2016 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. The award honors students pursuing research-based degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the social sciences.
Leyva received a 2016–17 Minority Fellowship from the American Political Science Association, which supports individuals from underrepresented backgrounds who are applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.
“Both types of awards are among the most prestigious and competitive that graduate students can win,” said Professor Benjamin Radcliff, interim director of graduate studies. “They are a tremendous accomplishment for the students first and foremost, but they also speak to the vibrancy and quality of our program, reflecting our commitment to training students to be capable of doing cutting-edge research and our focus on professionalizing and mentoring students early in their careers.”