The LeMieux Center for Public Policy Selects Fernandez, Murray as Fellows
Undergraduate students Ariana Fernandez and Sarah Murray have been selected to receive
research fellowships from The LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University this year.
Through The LeMieux Center Fellows Program, the two Frederick M. Supper Honors Program students will pursue an independent study of current or emerging public policy issues
concerning individual freedoms, values, rights, religious liberties and institutions
in the United States.
The fellows receive a stipend to cover the cost of an independent study course as
well as expenses, such as travel, incurred during the course up to $2,500 as well
as ongoing guidance for their research project from former U.S. Senator George LeMieux.
“This is really a great opportunity for me to work closely with both the student and
faculty advisor,” said Senator LeMieux. “At the end of the day, I get more out of
this than anyone, it’s a great joy of my life to be affiliated with Palm Beach Atlantic.”
Fernandez, an English and secondary education major from Miami, will study the 2017
school choice proposal. Dr. Jennifer Elmore, associate professor and chair of English,
will support Fernandez in her research.
“I was homeschooled throughout my life and had other relatives in a variety of magnet,
charter and public schools. This background and my passion for education drew my interest
in researching the school choice policy,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez entered PBA with the Farish scholarship, a competitive merit scholarship,
and is a student in the University’s Supper Honors program. She works as a discipleship
assistant for Baxter Residence Hall and as an excellence coach in the Center for Writing
Excellence. Fernandez volunteers in the Bridges Language Academy at PBA and has church
involvement in children’s ministry at South Kendall Community Church. Upon graduating
Fernandez plans to teach abroad.
A communication major from Lakeland, Tennessee, Murray has chosen to complete research
on the sanctuary city policy. She will be assisted in her research by Dr. Linda Raeder,
professor of political science.
“This past summer I was living and working in a primarily immigrant community in Chicago,”
said Murray. “The policy is a hot topic there, so I heard a lot about it and became
very interested in doing more research.”
Murray is completing an internship at Mav3n Digital where she is responsible for social
media accounts. She has held a copy editor position at The Adrian Rogers Pastor Training
Institute and a community service coordinator at YouthWorks. She is a student in the
Supper Honors program and has served as a resident assistant on campus. Upon graduating,
she plans to attend graduate school in a program that combines her interest in politics,
political philosophy and public policy.
The application process included submission of a research proposal, resumé and a letter
of support for the research from a faculty mentor. Selection of the fellows was based
on the application and an interview.
Photo: From left: Sarah Murray, Senator George LeMieux and Ariana Fernandez .