Michael Herndon is a rising senior and first-generation Chicano college student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Michael is double majoring in political science and International Affairs with a minor in Chicano-Latino Studies. A UNO Regents Scholar and Honors Student, Michael just completed a spring internship with Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) on Capital Hill through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Michael has also interned with development team of the National Immigration Forum’s D.C. office. At UNO, Michael is involved with various cultural organizations. He has previously served as the president of UNO’s Multicultural Greek Council; has held various leadership positions within the Delta Beta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc.; and is an active member of UNO’s Association of Latin American Students. Michael’s passion for Latin America runs deep and led him to do a summer abroad in Costa Rica to refine his Spanish language skills. Michael has won department-wide scholarships in both the UNO Political Science and International Studies departments and has been accepted into the 4+1 Political Science Program at UNO. This program will allow him to take political science graduate courses as an undergraduate in order to get a head start on his MS in political science. Michael has aspirations to get a second master’s degree or Ph.D. after graduating. He plans to pursue a career in diplomacy.
About the RBSI Program
The RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups or issues of indigenous politics, sovereignty, or governance. Participants in the RBSI are drawn from a competitive national applicant pool. The RBSI Selection Committee reviews applications and makes decisions during the month of February. The 2019 program will be held from May 26 to June 27, 2019 at Duke University. Questions can be directed to Annalisa Dias-Mandoly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your application here. Applications are due January 18, 2019.