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American Indian students to participate in Bridges program

Nineteen students from New Mexico will participate in the Bridge Program to American Indian Students in Community Colleges at New Mexico State University June 2 to Aug. 2.

s will conduct research projects in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, animal science, microbiology, nutrition, agronomy, horticulture and plant pathology. They will also participate in workshops to familiarize them with all the aspects of a major university.

Students participating in the program come from Dine College in Shiprock, the University of New Mexico - Gallup and the Dona Ana Branch Community College and will receive a $2,500 stipend and a supplement for housing costs.

The program is supported by the National Institutes of Health and is now in its 11th year. Its goal is to help American Indian students move from community colleges into baccalaureate degree programs in the basic biomedical sciences. In the program's first 10 years, 47 percent of participants completed their bachelor's degrees within 10 semesters of entering a degree program.

For more information contact Denise Sanchez, program coordinator, at (505) 646-5092.