LLILAS Announces Junco Scholarship for Study in Mexico
Posted: February 9, 2010
LLILAS offers an exciting new annual fellowship to UT graduate students to conduct summer research in Mexico. The Alejandro Junco Scholarships for the Study of U.S.-Mexico Social Problems were created to encourage students from the United States and Mexico to work together to explore solutions to some of the region’s most pressing social issues.
UT students will spend 8–10 weeks in the field in Mexico carrying out research in collaboration with Mexican students at roughly the same stage in their educational careers. Some of the issues they will address will include migration, education, corruption, and drug-related violence. In the fall, the student pairs will present their findings at a LLILAS seminar to faculty advisers, fellow students, and experts in the field. Students are encouraged to come up with innovative, practical solutions to the problems they are studying that will have a direct impact in the communities in which they have worked.
Alejandro Junco, supporter of the scholarship, is a prominent newspaper publisher from Monterry, Mexico, who holds a degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. He is widely known in Mexico for his efforts to raise journalistic standards there and to bring greater transparency to government.