ABF Hosts 25th Anniversary Celebration for the Montgomery SRDF Fellowship Program
August 1, 2012, ABF news
On July 18, 2012, the ABF hosted an anniversary celebration marking the 25th year of the Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship Program. Special guests in attendance were ABF Director Emeritus Bryant Garth (1990-2004), whose family is a benefactor of the program, current SRDF fellows Merritt Steele, Larissa Davis, Nikita Koraddi, and Debbie Oh, as well as fellowship alumni from years past.
Since the program’s inception in 1988, the ABF has introduced 102 (75 women, 27 men) outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in law and social science. Alumni hail from 55 colleges and universities, and from 29 states as well as Puerto Rico, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea. While many SRDF alumni go on to academic careers in the social sciences and law, many others have chosen to pursue careers as legal practitioners, to work in government, social policy, or business.
Each year, the students are assigned to an ABF Research Professor/Mentor and participate in a series of seminars and field visits throughout the summer to acquaint them with social scientific academic disciplines and the legal profession. This year’s mentors are Rebecca Sandefur, Jothie Rajah, Robert Nelson, and John Hagan.
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