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Three NMSU students and recent graduate receive GEM Fellowships

Three New Mexico State University students and a recent graduate received fellowships from the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) Inc.

lows are Jedediah J. Alderete, a senior mechanical engineering major; Carlos Nieva, a graduate electrical engineering major; Rafael Antonio Padilla, who received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2002; and Victor Rubio, a graduate electrical engineering major.

The GEM Fellowship programs are designed to offer opportunities for under-represented minority students to obtain master's degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the natural and physical sciences through paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance.

"Receiving the GEM Fellowship to aid in the pursuit of a master's degree is an amazing opportunity for me," Alderete said. "Not only does this fellowship pay for my school, but it also allows me to work at a world-class research facility such as Los Alamos National Labs."

NMSU has participated in GEM for at least 25 years. Many students who have been sponsored by GEM are climbing the corporate ladder with companies such as General Motors, IBM, Intel and Sandia Labs.

"Having several of our students selected for GEM Fellowships is a real tribute to the quality of our students and programs in the College of Engineering," said Steven Castillo, professor and department head of the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU. "The support from GEM will allow these students to focus on their graduate studies without the worry of the financial burden of paying for school."