Recent graduate receives nationwide minority fellowship


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A December graduate of Central Michigan University and former McNair Scholar was named to the 2017-18 American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship.

Donovan Watts, a Detroit native, was one of 14 nationwide recipients for the fellowship. The fellowship is "a competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science," according to APSA's website.

According to a CMU News release, Watts is interviewing for admission into graduate and doctoral programs. He wants to research African-American millennial voter turnout and social movements such as "Black Lives Matter."

"To be one of 14 scholars is a huge accomplishment," Watts said in the release. "I'm seeing my hard work at CMU is paying off."

A former Schoolcraft College transfer, Watts earned a degree in political science and his undergraduate research "focused on the knowledge and attitudes of CMU's African-American students based on the recent conflicts between law enforcement officers and African-Americans."

The release states the McNair Scholarship Program is "a federally funded program that prepares undergraduates for future doctoral studies." Watts, a first-generation college student, studied American politics with a focus in racial and ethnic policies.

Watts was also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, which is the national political science honor society.


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