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NMSU Expands Peace Corps Fellows and Master's International Programs

In time for the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, New Mexico State University will be taking steps to expand the collaboration between the world-reaching volunteer organization and educational opportunities in New Mexico. International & Borders Programs along with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host an introductory session to talk about the growth of the Peace Corps Fellows and Master's International programs at NMSU from 10 a.m-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Fulton Center, third floor dining room.


The two programs offer unique formats that combine service opportunities with graduate education. The Peace Corps Fellows program is a graduate fellowship that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. This program ties in an internship in underserved communities and research projects that allow the fellows to draw upon their experience as PCVs. The second program, Master's International, ties in a master's degree with 27 months overseas service. Students begin and end the program with coursework at NMSU. The session will explore both programs in detail to educate faculty on the benefits of supporting fellows and master's candidates.

Current and past fellows will provide first-hand accounts of their experience in the programs. This will be followed by a discussion of how their work in-country has helped further their careers. The program will also offer a panel of NMSU faculty who are returned volunteers including Sue Forster-Cox, an associate professor of health sciences who served in Colombia, and Delano Lewis, interim dean of International Programs who served as Peace Corps staff in Nigeria and Uganda.

"Peace Corps has been the number one recruitment tool for our department, and the graduate students who come through the Peace Corps Fellows program consistently demonstrate the highest levels of creativity and spirit," said Forster-Cox.

For more information about the Peace Corps Fellows and Master's International Program, contact Gary Lowe at 575-646-1806 or bhopal@nmsu.edu.