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NMSU Student Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to Study in United Kingdom

May 2008 graduate Marcia Mundt chose to study at New Mexico State University because she "needed a school with a really good study abroad program" and NMSU had an "awesome study abroad program." Now, Mundt will keep her "study abroad" trend as a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a master's degree in peace studies at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.

New Mexico State University 2008 Graduate Marcia Mundt is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.

"We are extremely proud of Marcia's stellar record of achievement at NMSU. She will use her Fulbright Scholarship to pursue one of the world's top graduate programs in peace studies. I have had the pleasure of working with Marcia in my capacity as director of the Honors College's Office of National Scholarships and International Education (ONSIE). Fulbright awards to the United Kingdom are the most competitive in the world and among the most prestigious of all national scholarships available to U.S. students," said Jason M. Ackleson, assistant professor of government at NMSU. This year more than 500 students applied for 10 awards to the UK, Ackleson said.

"Marcia's status as an award winner in this group signals her standing as one of the best students in the country. Marcia is the first student ever from NMSU to win a Fulbright to the United Kingdom. Her success is yet another testament to the quality of our students at NMSU," Ackleson said.

He said Mundt was also the winner of the 2006 Honors College Scholarship for International Research and was named May 2008 Outstanding Graduating Senior for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities: primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program's inception, approximately 279,500 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - have been given an opportunity to exchange ideas and to contribute to finding solutions to shared issues around the world. The highly competitive scholarship program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. It operates in more than 150 countries across the globe. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.