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Government professor Ackleson awarded Congressional Fellowship

New Mexico State University Associate Professor of Government Jason Ackleson is headed for the nation's capital on a Congressional Fellowship provided by the American Political Science Association.

Jason Ackleson, associate professor of government, is the recipient of the prestigious APSA Congressional Fellowship award. Ackleson will go to Washington, D.C., to work as a legislative analyst for a member of Congress for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Founded in 1953, the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is the nation's oldest and most prestigious congressional fellowship.

"These are highly competitive and prestigious fellowships," said Nancy Baker, government department head at NMSU. "Only a few dozen scholars, journalists and other professionals are selected each year to participate. Jason's selection is an indication of his strong reputation in the field of border security."

The program's objective is to expand knowledge and awareness of Congress.

"I hope to gain a greater appreciation of the legislative and political processes as they bear on the issues I research: immigration and border security," said Ackleson. "In addition, I hope to positively impact the forging of policy in these areas." Ackleson will work as a legislative analyst for a member of Congress for the 2009-2010 academic year while on a sabbatical from NMSU.

"Jason will be able to bring the experience of working in Congress into the classroom, and students will really benefit," Baker said.

Among Ackleson's other service at the university is his mentorship of NMSU's Model United Nations team, which has recorded several recent wins at major international competitions. He will leave for Washington, D.C., in late July to begin his fellowship experience.