Release date: March 22, 2000
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Emory Student Named Luce Scholar For 2000-2001 Academic Year
Brad Murg, son of Diane Murg and the late Gary Murg of Grosse Pointe, Mich. (48236), has been named a Luce Scholar by the Henry R. Luce Scholars Program. Murg is one of only 18 Luce Scholars chosen nationally for the 2000-2001 academic year, and is the first Emory student to receive this honor since 1988. As a Luce Scholar, Murg will live and work as an intern in Asia for one year.
The honor came as a surprise to Murg, who did not expect to be selected since he was the youngest person interviewed. "I'm ecstatic," he says. "It's nice to be recognized, and I think it's going to be a phenomenal experience." Murg expects to work in economic development and hopes to be assigned to Thailand or Malaysia. "I've done a lot of work in Africa and Latin America, but Asia is the one big block I haven't had an opportunity to work with," Murg explains. As he pursues a career in third world economic development, Murg wants to spend a few years "working on the ground" and getting his Ph.D., and hopes eventually to work at the International Monetary Fund or World Bank. Murg's international studies honors thesis focused on central banking and democratization in the Third World.
"Brad is a very mature and articulate young man who readily stands out among his peers in terms of scholarship, interests and leadership," says Steven E. Sanderson, dean of Emory College. He adds that Murg's quick intellect and poise are unusual in someone so young. Murg was unanimously selected as Emory's candidate for the Luce Scholarship by the university's selection committee.
Murg, a senior international relations/economics/philosophy major, currently works part-time as a researcher at the Georgia Supreme Court. His work involves the Child Placement Project, a program that seeks to reform the juvenile court system in Georgia. Murg also is conducting a socio-economic study of poverty and juvenile justice in Georgia's 159 counties and working to implement a new automated case plan system to increase the efficiency of Georgia courts.
Following his graduation from high school in 1997, Murg went to work at the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago. He continued to work with the consulate as a freshman for a semester at Loyola University before transferring to Emory. Murg worked for the consulate through December 1998, telecommuting part-time and traveling to Chicago once a month during the school year and working full-time during the summer. In the political and economic relations section of the Consulate General, Murg dealt with matters as diverse as trade irritants, agriculture, environment, immigration regulations and the Land Mine Ban Treaty. He also attended a number of conferences on behalf of the Canadian government, including the United Nations Food and Agricultural Agency in Rome, Italy.
"At the U.N. conference I came to appreciate the importance of mutual respect during multinational interactions, that a country's dignity must not be overlooked," Murg says. "And at the same time, we need to try to fully understand what it's like to live and work in the Third World."
Murg has received a number of prestigious awards, including a citation from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998, after organizing public awareness campaigns to secure the ban of anti-personnel land mines. In May of 1999 he was awarded the Morris K. Udall Scholarship for his work in the Upper Mississippi River basin to prevent the construction of the Garrison Diversion, which would have altered permanently the bio-diversity of the Red River basin. Later that year, he received the McLaren Award of the American Council on Child Abuse for his work in organizing a Midwest pilot program to use mediation in child deprivation cases.
As an Emory student, Murg's activities include serving as an executive board member of the Newman Club, an organization that serves Emory's Catholic community. He also is active in the College Republicans and Georgia Republican Party, Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society and Sigma Alpha political science honor society, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Luce Scholar candidates are nominated by 66 colleges and universities. Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelor's degree and are no more than 29 years old. Nominees must have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment. The specifics of a scholar's work in Asia depend on the assignment negotiated with his or her host institution.
Dating from 1974, the program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. Luce Scholars may have backgrounds in virtually any field other than Asian studies. Placements can be made in the following countries: Brunei, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. For more information about the Henry R. Luce Scholars program, visit www.hluce.org.
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