NSSP Factsheet

Leadership and Administration:                                                                                                      Download PDF

Frank Gilfeather, Program Director & Principal Investigator
Candace Shirley, Sr. Program Manager
Manuel-Julian R. Montoya, Assistant Professor ASM & Co-Principal investigator
Dawinder 'Dave' Siddhu, Assistant Professor Law & Co-Principal Investigator
Matthew Baca, Senior Program Manager (Retired May 2016)
Jason Darensburg, Administrative Assistant 3

Mission: 

The mission of the University of New Mexico (UNM) National Security Studies Program is to ensure that interested students develop the knowledge, skills and relationships necessary to successfully compete for Intelligence Community and related national security careers.

Activities:

  • Annual national security symposium
  • Scholars Program
  • Cultural Immersion Travel/Study Abroad
  • Sponsorship of courses in critical languages, area studies and national security
  • Manage UNM National Security and Strategic Analysis Certificate

Scholars in the NSSP:

  • 100 scholars by Fall 2015

Scholar Diversity:

  • 53 Males 
  • 47 Females
  • 82 Undergraduate
  • 14 Graduate
  • 4 Nondegree

Ethnicity:

  • 38 Caucasian
  • 43 Hispanic
  • 5 African American
  • 6 American Indian/Alaskan
  • 5 Asian/ Pacific Islander
  • 2 Middle Eastern
  • 1 Other

NSSP Scholar Cultural Immersion/Study Abroad:

Fall, Spring and  Summer Semesters 2014-15

  • Israel Study Abroad - 4 scholars
  • Germany Study Abroad
  • Spain Study Abroad
  • Mexico Study Abroad
  • China Study Abroad - several students
  • State Department Internship in Poland
  • England Study Abroad
  • Peru Study Abroad
  • Morocco Study Abroad
  • Harvard World Model UN, South Korea
  • Boren Scholarship Study Abroad, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Japan Study Abroad
  • Jordan Study Abroad
  • Morocco Study Abroad
  • Boren Scholarship Study Abroad, Istanbul, Turkey

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