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March 7, 2001

SMU STUDENTS RECEIVE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

DALLAS (SMU) -- Three Southern Methodist University students were recently selected to receive undergraduate research fellowships from SMU's John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies for the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 academic years. The students are Tracy Richards of Hilton Head, S.C.; Andrea Betts of Euless, Texas; and Philip Anderson of Hudson, Wis.

Richards, a sophomore majoring in political science and English, will be the Tom Bryant Medders, Jr. Undergraduate Research Fellow. She maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.889. Anderson, a sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in religious studies, will be the Edwin L. Cox Undergraduate Research Fellow. He maintains a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. Betts, a sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in Spanish, will be the first Al G. Hill, Jr. Undergraduate Research Fellow. She maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.97.

As a research fellow, each student will receive a stipend of $500 a semester for four consecutive semesters, a book allowance to defray the cost of books relevant to his or her research, and support for travel to a conference or other venue to present the results of that research.

The Tower Center, founded in 1993, was named in honor of the late U.S. Sen. John Tower. The senator earned a master's degree from SMU, and taught in the political science department after his retirement from the Senate. The center supports teaching and research related to American political and economic institutions, international political economy and the role of the United States in the global order. It is the only undergraduate program of its kind in Texas.


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