Wesley Hazen, a December criminal justice graduate at New Mexico State University, soon will be traveling overseas to study crime and punishment. Named a 2013 Gates Scholar, the native New Mexican will spend nine months researching the criminal justice system at the United Kingdom’s Institute of Criminology beginning in October.
Hazen, a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, is among 39 students nationwide to receive the full-cost scholarship, and only the second NMSU student to receive it. Mohammad Ghassemi, an electrical and computer engineering graduate received the award in 2010.
“The Honors College is very proud of Wesley and his accomplishments,” said Mark Andersen, associate dean in the Honors College. “His story is an inspiration to the whole university community, and I hope that it serves to remind our students that even the most prestigious competitive scholarships are not out of reach, given hard work and dedication.”
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