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American Indian students to conduct research at NMSU

On June 1, American Indian students from regional community colleges will begin 10-week summer internships with New Mexico State University's BRIDGE Program to American Indian Students in Community Colleges.

n students from Dine College at Shiprock, University of New Mexico at Gallup, San Juan College in Farmington and Dona Ana Branch Community College will conduct research projects on topics within the basic biomedical disciplines of biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, chemistry, plant sciences, nutrition and animal science. Twenty-two New Mexico State faculty members will serve as mentors and assist students during the process of transferring to NMSU for completion of a bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline.

In February, the program was awarded continued funding from the National Institutes of Health. The three-year $600,000 grant supports academic year bridging activities at five New Mexico community college campuses and summer undergraduate research opportunities at NMSU for American Indian students enrolled in community colleges. The award marked 14 years of continuous funding for the program.

The BRIDGE Program is directed by biochemistry Professor Glenn Kuehn and coordinated by Denise Sanchez and Priscilla Weaver-Marquez.

The program has placed 163 American Indian students in summer internships since 1993. Sixty percent of participants have transferred to four-year universities to complete bachelor's degrees in science disciplines. Among those students who transferred, 47 percent completed their bachelor's degrees within 10 semesters, a percentage rate two times greater than the national average for the completion of bachelor of science degrees for American Indian students.

For more information call 646-5092 or visit the program Web site at http://bridges.nmsu.edu.