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NSF grant will help engineering graduate students move on to doctoral programs

New Mexico State University, in cooperation with the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMIMT), has recently received a $540,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to offer academic and financial support to graduate engineering students.

dge to the Engineering Doctorate program "is a building block added to the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Program (New Mexico AMP)," said Ricardo B. Jacquez, a professor of civil and geological engineering at NMSU and the director of the program.

New Mexico AMP is an undergraduate program designed to help increase the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to ethnic minorities in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, Jacquez said.

"There's a pool of students that have been coming through the AMP program and one of the core programs of all the AMPs is an undergraduate research component," he said. "Participation in undergraduate research is a real natural pathway from undergraduate to graduate studies because of the mentoring and motivation the students receive. (The Bridge) program is designed to move individuals with a bachelor's degree through a master's degree into a Ph.D. program."

Ten engineering students will be selected for the program. They will receive a $27,000 stipend every year, and have their tuition, books and professional travel paid for. The students also will receive $1,300 for their research.

New Mexico State will serve as the site for the project. UNM and NMIMT students are eligible to apply for the program as well. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 26.

For more information on the program, contact the New Mexico AMP program at (505) 646-1847.