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Domenici Institute extends deadline for fellowship program applications to Feb. 10

The Domenici Institute for Public Policy has extended the application deadline for the first round of Domenici Institute fellowships. Applications are now due Feb. 10. Winners of the summer fellowships will be announced no later than March 15.


Former Sen. Pete Domenici sits on a chair onstage at the 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference.
Former Sen. Pete Domenici discusses the federal budget at the 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Sept. 1. (NMSU photo by Niki Rhynes)

"We have received several good applications for the program that will be considered for fellowships," said Garrey Carruthers, dean of the NMSU College of Business and director of the Domenici Institute. "Due to overwhelming interest from faculty members, we have decided to extend the deadline."

The Domenici Institute was established on the main campus of NMSU in 2009 and seeks to be a regional leader in the area of public policy analysis. For this initial request for proposals, Domenici Fellows will select from the following research areas of strategic interest to the Institute:

? Energy, especially the impact of Department of Defense facilities generating their own power.
? Entrepreneurial and free-market approaches to economic development.
? Development of graduate and undergraduate classes that advance free-market and entrepreneurial models of economic development.
? Assessment of workforce needs in New Mexico and development of best practices for filling identified gaps.
? The effects of recent health care reform on the operation of hospitals, medical practices, physicians and/or patients in New Mexico.
? Mental and behavioral health issues in a changing health care environment.
? The impact of large-scale reintroduction of uranium mining and development in New Mexico, especially on Native American populations.
? Reduction of the federal deficit while also dealing with the economic recovery.

Domenici Fellows will be expected to produce a peer-reviewed journal article discussing their work at the Institute, as well as presenting their work at either a Domenici Forum or a conference in their discipline.

The initial group of Domenici Fellows will conduct their research over the upcoming summer session, according to Christopher Brown, head of the geography department, director of the NMSU Spatial Applications Research Center and a member of the Domenici Institute Advisory Council. Only NMSU faculty will be considered for the fellowship this summer, but for subsequent semesters the program will be accepting applications from faculty members at other universities. All successful applicants are required to be in residence at NMSU during their fellowships.

Additional information, as well as the Fellows Program Application, can be found online at http://www.domenici.nmsu.edu.