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Program aims to draw Native American students into computer science

New Mexico State University's computer science department is seeking participants for its annual Native American Computer Science Program, to be held this year from July 20 to Aug. 10.

ive American Computer Science Program is a three-week program in which students live on the New Mexico State campus. They attend a number of social and cultural activities, take field trips and classes in math, computer science and Web page design, said Program Coordinator Alicia Morales.

The program is funded by the National Science Foundation in an effort to encourage Native American students to earn degrees in computer science. For the students the program is free -- room, board and all scheduled activities are covered. Transportation to and from Las Cruces can be provided if necessary, Morales said.

To apply, students must be high school sophomores, juniors or seniors and belong to a recognized Native American tribe, Morales said.

One of this year's activities will involve assembling and programming small robots that navigate using different types of sensors, Morales said.

To get more information about the camp or to request an application, those interested should contact Morales at (505) 642-3756 or amorales@cs.nmsu.edu.

Jack King
April 9, 2002