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Doctoral student wins Spencer Fellowship

University of Oregon doctoral student Leilani Sabzalian was pleasantly surprised when she discovered she was one of 30 students from a pool of more than 400 to receive a 2014 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for her field study of an urban Native American education program in Oregon.

The aim of Spencer fellowships is to encourage a new generation of scholars to pursue research with a goal of improving education. They are considered highly competitive and among the most prestigious in the field of education. Sabzalian is an academic adviser for the UO Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence and a Native American student retention specialist. She is part of the UO Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education program and has served as a special education teacher and project teacher, an educational consultant in the Peace Corps and as the Native youth group coordinator for the Springfield School District.

Read the full story in Around the O.