Chico Stateâ??s Sergio Sanchez awarded top academic fellowship

Dec 9, 2013 3:50 PM

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

The Fellowship Program awards $4,000 to students in minority groups entering doctoral programs in political science. Sanchez, a lecturer in the Political Science Department at Chico State, is one of 12 recipients across the country. The Fellowship began in 1969 originally as a black graduate fellowship in order to increase the number of minority scholars in political science. The awards are based on both undergraduate and graduate course work, GPA, personal statement and resume, extracurricular activities, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and faculty recommendation.

“Sergio Sanchez is a first-rate graduate student who is truly deserving of this honor,” said Alan Gibson, a political science professor at Chico State. “The 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.”

Sanchez earned his master’s degree in political science from Chico State in May 2013, according to the university’s press release. He currently teaches introductory courses on American government and political inquiry and his area of interest is international relations in relation to security studies. Before school, Sanchez spent 11 years in federal and military services.

“As a second generation Mexican-American, I am eternally grateful to my family who abandoned their lives in Mexico and Moved to the US in orde3r 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.”

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


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