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CSU Pueblo Student and the University's First Presidential Fellow, Justin Kurth, Has Been Selected for Publication in the “Fellowship Review 2021-2022” by The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Release Date: September 20, 2022

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Justin Kurth

PUEBLO — Colorado State University Pueblo student and the university's first Presidential Fellow, Justin Kurth, has been selected for publication in the “Fellowship Review 2021-2022” by The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Kurth is a 38-year-old veteran and nontraditional student currently completing his final semester at CSU Pueblo.

His research, Space Debris’ Diplomatic Opportunity, aligns with his studies, majoring in Political Science, and his independent focus on space policy; additional emphasis was added to space debris migration and unilateral bans on anti-satellite tests and international support.

“What I most gained was the awareness that these issues I was researching were not just being ignored. International space policy is critical to private and public agencies, as well as international peace and cooperation,” stated Kurth

The fellowship allowed Kurth to hear from professionals in the industry, research a topic related to his interests, and build connections with other fellows through team-building activities.

Kurth's advisor for the fellowship program, Steven Liebel, discusses his great success and “Through his time with the Presidential Fellows Program, Justin displayed what being a Thunderwolf is all about.  He saw a problem and not only asked how he could contribute to a resolution, but did the real work of putting together a plan to action.” 

The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) created the Presidential Fellowship in 1970. Now in its 52nd year, the Fellowship works to show college students the ins and outs of policymaking and to grow members' leadership skills.

Members of the fellowship are selected by their University based on academic performance, interest in political institutions, and career goals involving public service. There is no requirement for majors or specializations, but students are typically upperclassmen when selected.

The Presidential Fellowship opens up many opportunities for members, including but not limited to the ability to contact research on a topic of interest and the chance to travel to Washington, D.C.

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