Christopher Wall, a senior political science and economics major, has been named a Minority Fellow by the American Political Science Association for the 2011-2012 academic year.
The APSA Minority Fellowship Program was established in 1969 to increase the number of political science scholars and professors who are ethnic minorities. It is designed primarily for college and university seniors and recent graduates, and students currently enrolled in master's degree programs who are applying to doctoral degree programs in political science and who plan to teach and conduct research in political science.
Up to 12 students are selected each year to each receive a $4,000 stipend for graduate school. APSA Minority Fellows are selected based on their undergraduate or graduate course work, grade point average, extracurricular activities, scores on the GRE and recommendations from faculty members.
Wall is a student in the Honors College and the current president of the UNT chapter of Mortar Board National Honor Society, which recognizes college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.
Gloria Cox, dean of the Honors College, says Wall "has a love of learning that makes him a wonderful student."
"His intellect and passion will take him wherever he wants to go academically. We are very proud that he is a member of the Honors College," she says.
Wall is also a student in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. As a McNair Scholar, Wall has researched the World Trade Organization and its role in trade disputes with Marijke Breuning, professor of political science. He has also spent time studying abroad on research projects in his native country Honduras and The Hague, Netherlands.
Breuning describes Wall as "one of those rare students who truly stands out."
Wall will receive his bachelor's degrees in May 2011 and plans to enter graduate school in the fall of 2011. He has applied to the doctoral programs in political science at Duke University and Stanford University. Wall plans to become a professor and continue conducting research on weak states and democratization.
Nancy Kolsti with UNT News Service can be reached at Nancy.firstname.lastname@example.org.