Two College of Engineering graduate students receive New Mexico Space Grant Consortium scholarships

One education student, five graduate students, and five undergraduate students were awarded New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) scholarships for the Spring-2010 and Fall-2010 semesters at New Mexico State University.  New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) awarded $171,000 in scholarships statewide to students enrolled at NMSU, UNM, and NMIM&T.

Graduate Research Fellowships:
NMSGC awards scholarships to graduate students to work with faculty on funded research.  Graduate students each receive scholarships in the amount of $10,000. Scholarship recipients, their major, and their research projects are:

  1. Alba Chavez, Microbiology, Effect of Environmental factors and genetic basis of Biofilm formation by vibrio fischeri isolates
  2. Steven Fillmore, Mechanical Engineering, Model Order Reduction for Impact-Contact Dynamics
  3. Mark Seger, Molecular Biology, Metabolic and physiological analysis of Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa), an important forage legume, demonstrating increased sucrose biosynthesis under symbiotic conditions
  4. Melissa Ziarnick, Psychology, Likelihood of Noticing a Visual Event in a Dynamic Cockpit Setting Under Varying Visual and Cognitive Workload Conditions as Well as Varying Salience and Eccentricity
  5. Benjamin Sidwell, Mechanical Engineering, Orbital Dynamics and Future Space Mission Planning

Undergraduate Research Scholarship:
NMSGC awards scholarships to undergraduate students to work with faculty on funded research. Undergraduate students receive scholarships in the amount of $5,000. Scholarship recipient, major, and research project are:

  1. Jeremy Bruggemann, Mechanical Engineering, Inertial Property Algorithm Verification (IPAV) Project
  2. Robert Mercer, Chemical Engineering, Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Nanotubes for Organic Solar Cells
  3. Shawna Libeau, Mechanical Engineering, Hybrid Rocket Test Stand for Teaching and Research
  4. Jose Castellano, Physics, Wind Angle X-Ray Diffractometer
  5. Laura Salguero, Physics, Quantitative Determination of Metal Distribution and Morphology of Bone

Education Scholarship:
NMSGC awards scholarships to education students during the student teaching semester to use NASA related lesson while student teaching.  Students receive scholarships in the amount of $2,000.   The scholarship recipient is Frania Cabrera.

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) is funded by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) to encourage every citizen of New Mexico to participate in the economic, education, and scientific benefits of space; to recruit citizens of New Mexico into aerospace-related math, science, engineering, and technology careers; and to establish commonalities among the programs of its consortium partners.

Students who feel they qualify and wish to submit an application to be considered for one of these scholarships, should contact New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at (575) 646-6414, or visit the website at http://spacegrant.nmsu.edu/NMSU/scholarships/index.html.


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