4 Liberal Arts Students Named Archer Fellows

Next year, four of the five UT Arlington students slated to serve as Archer Fellows will represent the College of Liberal Arts.

Zachary Cureton (Psychology, Modern Languages), Lauren Devoll (Communication), Maureen Edobor (Political Science), Asha Sharma (Political Science) and Sara Wadud (Biology) were recently selected as 2013-2014 Archer Fellows and will work with the faculty and staff at the Archer Center in Washington, D.C., next school year.

Dr. Karl Petruso, Dean of the Honors College and professor of anthropology, said he was impressed by those student selected to participated in the annual program.

“I am delighted at the range of interests of these students as indicated by their majors,” Petruso said. “In their interviews, the depth of their passion for policy and the impact it has on people’s lives came through clearly. “

The Archer Fellowship began in 2001, the pet project of former Texas Rep. Bill Archer. In addition to a 12- to 15-hour course load, Archer Fellows work a 30- to 40-hour internship for a federal organization in the Washington, D.C., area, getting a firsthand look at government policy in action.

Last year, UTA students Jacob Becker (Political Science) and Abigail Allen (English) participated in the program.

Petruso said UTA will send five students next year thanks to additional financial support from Dr. Ronald Elsenbaumer, the UTA Provost, and approval by the Archer Center directors. These Mavericks will live and work with other students from other UT System schools.

“Our students will be excellent ambassadors for our university, and will find their semester a significant experience both professionally and personally,” Petruso said.

COLA faculty Dr. Brent Boyea (Political Science) and Dr. Dustin Harp (Communication) served on this year’s selection committee.

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