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MSU senior named a finalist for national research post

East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State University Honors College senior Gabriel Sandoval is a finalist for the nationally competitive James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program.

Gabriel SandovalEach year, the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 14 graduating seniors to serve as paid research assistants. They are matched with senior fellows – academics, former government officials, lawyers, and journalists from around the world – to work on a variety of international affairs issues.

Sandoval, an Honors College senior, is majoring in comparative cultures and politics in MSU’s James Madison College along with public and professional writing in the College of Arts and Letters. He also is minoring in Muslim studies and Arabic.

Sandoval is applying to be a research assistant for the Middle East Program at Carnegie. He is currently a research assistant for MSU’s Science, Art and Faith: Architectural Heritage and Islam research program funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

Recently, he completed his senior honors thesis on depictions of Egyptian revolutions in Egyptian literature, and compared original Arabic works of literature to their English translations. He also is a reading and writing consultant for James Madison College and a student employee for the Honors College. His research mentor is Martha Olcott, Ph.D., at James Madison College.

The National and International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students pursue major national and international awards by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application process.


Christopher P. Long, Ph.D.
MSU Foundation Professor
Dean of the MSU Honors College
Dean of the College of Arts and Letters


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