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Reed student Duke Harjo selected for Bunche Summer Institute


Duke R. Harjo is one of 20 students selected by the American Political Science Association to attend the 2006 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute in Durham, N.C.


PORTLAND, OR (May 4, 2006) – Reed College student Duke R. Harjo is one of 20 students selected by the American Political Science Association to attend the 2006 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute in Durham, N.C. Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the institute is an academically intensive five-week program for African American, Latino, and Native American students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in political science.

Harjo, a junior who grew up in New York City and Washington, D. C., is thrilled. "I cannot tell you just how excited I am to be a part of the Bunche bunch," he said. "This is an opportunity to work with other students of color committed to increasing the visibility of underrepresented populations in academia." Paul Gronke, associate professor and chair of political science at Reed, commended Harjo's academic and leadership qualities. "I've been very impressed with Duke's ability to excel in Reed's demanding intellectual environment. Duke has shown not only the ability to excel in the classroom, but has readily taken on the role of mentor to other students. He has great potential as a future faculty member."

The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, which will be hosted by Duke University this year, gathers junior and senior political science majors from across the country. They take two three-credit graduate-level courses– one in research methods and quantitative analysis, the other in race relations and American politics. "I'm looking forward to getting a taste of grad school while still working on my B.A.," Harjo said.