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Boise State Hosts Muskie Fellow from Armenia

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 1:07 pm / September 28, 2011

For the fifth year in a row, Boise State is hosting a new international scholar as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. Joining the Boise State community for the next two years is Elmira Bakhshinyan from Armenia, who was admitted to the master of health science graduate program.

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, the Muskie Fellowship program encourages economic and democratic growth in Eurasia by selecting emerging leaders from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union. The Muskie program aims to promote mutual understanding, build democracy and foster the transition to market economies in Eurasia through intensive academic study and professional training.

In addition to their academic programs, Muskie fellows gain exposure to American values through a community service experience and develop professional skills through a full-time internship in their field of study.

The Muskie program is highly competitive, averaging nearly 4,000 applications per year with a 4 percent acceptance rate. For more information, visit www.irex.org/programs/muskie.