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Astronomy student accepted into research assistant position

New Mexico State University student Yvonne Torres has accepted a summer 2003 research assistant position with the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

New Mexico State University junior Yvonne Torres accepted a research assistant position with the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. (Courtesy Photo)

The REU program is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and provides undergraduates interested in science careers an opportunity to research with professional astronomers. Students are able to gain experience with telescopes at the Mauna Kea and Haleakala Observatories in Hawaii through the program. Torres was one of eight students selected from 200 applicants for the position.

Daughter of Ray and Sally Torres of Las Cruces, Torres is a junior majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics. She said she was attracted to the REU program because she loves astronomy and wanted to expand her education and experience in the field as much as possible.

A Mayfield High School graduate, she said her primary area of research in the 12-week program will be with extra-solar planets, or planets around stars in other galaxies.

Torres, while involved with the Alliance for Minority Participation in New Mexico, created a demonstration for sound waves which she presented at conferences and student orientations. She also was a Sundancer for two years.