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CSU, Chico News

Faculty Member Earns Top Academic Fellowship

Date: 12-09-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico faculty member Sergio Sanchez has received a prestigious fellowship from the American Political Science Association (APSA).

The APSA’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) awards $4,000 to students in racial or ethnic minority groups entering a doctoral program in political science. Sanchez, who serves as a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, is one of just 12 award recipients.

Sanchez earned his master’s degree in political science from CSU, Chico in May 2013. He currently teaches introductory classes on American government and political inquiry. His area of interest is international relations as it relates to security studies; he previously spent 11 years in federal and military services.

He joins graduates from Texas A&M University, Rutgers University and UC Davis in receiving the award.

“Sergio Sanchez is a first-rate graduate student who is truly deserving of this honor,” said CSU, Chico political science professor Alan Gibson. "The APSA Minority Fellowship is a highly competitive and prestigious award. The political science department is extremely proud of this achievement by one of our finest recent graduate students.”

The MFP was established in 1969, originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship, in efforts to increase the number of minority scholars in the political science discipline. Awards are based on students' undergraduate or graduate course work, GPA, personal statement and resume, extracurricular activities, Graduate Record Examination scores and recommendations from faculty.

“As a second-generation Mexican American, I am eternally grateful to my family, who abandoned their lives in Mexico and moved to the United States in order to ensure a better life for their children,” Sanchez said. “I am happy to make my family proud, while at the same time happy to share my knowledge and encourage others from all ethnicities to seek not only self-improvement, but help make our world a better place.”