University of South Dakota political science and international studies major Martin Muñoz has earned a fellowship to study civil conflict management and peace science this summer at the University of North Texas.
The fellowship comes through the National Science Foundation’s
Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Muñoz, a rising senior at USD,
is conducting a research thesis on civil-military relations and political
violence in his home country, Peru, and in Colombia. During the summer fellowship, he will work with senior
faculty at North Texas for eight weeks to develop geographical data.
“We are going to focus our projects on the analytical tools
they will be teaching us,” Muñoz said. “It’s going to be an intensive eight
weeks of learning, reading and writing.”
Muñoz has experience in analytical tools already due to his
job as an undergraduate researcher at USD’s Government Research Bureau.
“I see this experience as an opportunity to engage myself in
research at a very high level,” he said. “I couldn’t be more thankful to my
political science professors, who go out of their way to get to know their
students and take the initiative to help us.”