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New Mexico State students participate in McNair program for doctoral study

Thirteen New Mexico State University undergraduates are preparing for doctoral studies this summer by participating in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.


air Program is designed to prepare eligible students for graduate work by enhancing their academic skills, providing research and scholarly activities with a mentor and offering educational activities and seminars.

During the eight-week McNair internship, the students will participate in research projects with faculty mentors, working 30-35 hours per week on research activities. They will attend a one-hour weekly seminar with their mentor. They also will participate in a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) review, a Preparing to Teach Seminar and receive graduate admissions advisement.

McNair Scholars plan independent study, formulate research issues and develop conceptual and technical skills leading to a publication presentation. They will present their findings at a state, regional or national conference, or at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium at the university.

Students participating this summer include Josette Arvizu of Bosque Farms; Robert Beckham of Conway, Ark.; Reina Chilton, Crystal Little and Esteban Torres of Las Cruces; David Hernandez of San Miguel; Aaron Hockman and Olivia Montalvo of El Paso; Alana Jacobson of Phoenix; Monica Morales of Sunland Park; Jacqueline Otero of Santa Fe; Donna Ruble of Alamogordo and Belinda Sonnamaker of Hobbs.

The McNair Program is administered through the Center for Learning Assistance. Funding for this program is provided by the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement grant awarded to New Mexico State University by the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information call Margaret Mendoza at (505) 646-1342.