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The American Political Science Association, or APSA, announced that Olivia Cook, a first year Ph.D. student at Auburn University, has been named as a 2017-2018 APSA Minority Fellowship Program, or MFP, Fellow, Spring Cycle.

Cook, a native of Auburn, is a two-time graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in polymer and fiber engineering and a Master of Arts in public administration with a concentration in health administration. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in public administration and public policy, also from Auburn, with a focus on leadership and nonprofit governance. After Cook has completed her degree requirements, she plans to become a full-time faculty member at a research institution and contribute to scholarly work in the field.

The MFP was established in 1969 to increase the number of under-represented scholars in the political science discipline. Since 1969, the APSA Minority Fellowship has designated more than 500 Fellows, both funded and unfunded, and contributed to the completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals. Fall fellows are college or university seniors, graduates or master's students who plan on applying to a Ph.D. program in political science. Spring fellows are first and second year Ph.D. students in political science. APSA Minority Fellows are very active in the discipline as faculty members, researchers and mentors.