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New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation to sponsor summer programs

New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (New Mexico AMP) at New Mexico State University will sponsor three summer programs.

Santa Fe Community College and high school pre-engineering students will participate in the Minority Engineering Transfer and Articulation (META) Program June 2-20. Students will attend workshops presented by the Center for Learning Assistance, meet with civil engineers from local firms and complete a special topics course. The two credit course, Civil Engineering 198, focuses on a design project called "Water Conservation for Surviving the Drought on the Lower Rio Grande."

The META program is a joint effort between the university, Santa Fe Community College, the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department and five civil engineering firms. It is a technology-oriented, associate's to bachelor's degree transfer program that addresses the need for more comprehensively trained civil engineers who have technology-based classroom and work experience.

A three-day professional development and training institute will be held July 28-30 for instructors across the state who teach "SMET 101 - Introduction to Science, Math, Engineering and Technology." The first day of the institute will be spent on curriculum changes and updates to the SMET 101 course workbook. The remainder of the institute will be a workshop titled "Effective College Teaching" to be held in the Corbett Center Otero Room.

The workshop will be facilitated by internationally recognized engineering educators Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent, who will address student learning and teaching, course development, active and cooperative learning, problem solving, teaching methods and student-related challenges. It is open to New Mexico State faculty and those attending the SMET 101 Instructor's Institute.

SMET 101 is a statewide project designed to help students learn, apply and internalize specific learning behaviors. Course assignments are designed to develop critical thinking skills and strengthen problem-solving abilities while helping students gain a greater understanding of their major. Each year the course is taught at New Mexico State and community colleges across the state.

Thirty-six New Mexico State undergraduates will be participating in the Undergraduate Research Assistanships (URA) Program. This faculty-mentored research program allows students to be directly involved in technical research in their disciplines. Students will participate in a series of writing workshops to develop their technical writing and presentation skills. They will receive feedback from other students and mentors when they present their research at a professional URA symposium Aug. 8. They will also present their research at the annual New Mexico AMP student conference Sept. 25-27 at the university.

New Mexico AMP, a partnership of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the state, is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and receives significant support from the state of New Mexico and other private and federal programs. Its goal is to increase the number of minority students who complete their bachelor's degrees and who are currently underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

For more information on any of the New Mexico AMP summer programs, contact Karen Luces at (505) 646-8061.