LSU will host a new international scholar on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, according to an LSU news release.

Viktorya Mirzoyan, from Armenia, will be pursuing her master’s degree in mass communication in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia, the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Through selecting emerging leaders from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union, the Muskie program aims to promote mutual understanding, build democracy and foster the transition to market economies in Eurasia through intensive academic study and professional training.

The Muskie program is highly competitive, averaging nearly 4,000 applications per year with a 4 percent rate of acceptance.

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