South Dakota senior receives summer fellowhsip

Martin Muñoz has experience in analytical tools already due to his job as an undergraduate researcher at USD’s Government Research Bureau.
Martin Muñoz has experience in analytical tools already due to his job as an undergraduate researcher at USD’s Government Research Bureau. | Contributed photo

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.”

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