December 6, 2002

San Diego Native Receives U. of Minnesota Graduate Studies Fellowship

Roxanne Ornelas of San Diego is a recipient of a University of Minnesota’s Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Recruiting Fellowship for 2002-03.

The fellowship program, sponsored by the U of M Office of Graduate School Outreach, seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of view, experience and ideas.

Ornelas earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from San Diego State University in 1990 and a master of public administration degree from the U of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 2001. She is pursuing a doctorate degree in geography at the U of M. Her areas of interest are environmental justice, environmental policy, geographic information systems and public affairs. She is the geography graduate student representative to the U of M Council of Graduate Students.

This year the U of M awarded 17 DOVE Fellowships. The award includes a stipend of $13,500 in addition to academic year tuition at regular graduate school rate for up to 14 credits per semester. It also includes comprehensive health insurance for one academic year. Fellows are expected to carry a full course load each semester while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.5.

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