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New Mexico Space Grant receives extension, excellent rating by NASA

The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC), led by New Mexico State University, has been granted a five-year program extension following an excellent rating during its 15th-year evaluation by NASA.

directed by Patricia C. Hynes, was among 12 space grant programs in the country to receive an excellent rating, out of 52 programs nationally. The consortium was evaluated on program performance and results, network participation and responsiveness and an affiliate survey.

NMSGC is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, administered by NASA since 1989, which provides opportunities for faculty and students in space-related research, education and public service programs.

NMSGC awards $100,000 in scholarships statewide each year to New Mexico's students who are studying science, engineering, education and technology. Scholarships allow students to participate in NASA-related research with NMSU faculty.

Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities provide undergraduate students the unique academic experience to propose, design, fabricate and evaluate a reduced-gravity experiment and fly with their experiment aboard NASA's KC-135 "weightless wonder" airplane.

The consortium's Remote Sensing Program incorporates teaching modules on remote sensing into courses to increase the use of NASA's remote sensing data and tools in the classroom. This program prepares students to use technology in the workforce.

NMSGC's Research Enhancement Program develops the research capability and infrastructure of New Mexico's universities by funding faculty research with significant student involvement throughout the state.

The Gaining Retention and Achievement for Students Program (GRASP) is designed to change faculty teaching practices to increase student retention and achievement.

NMSGC also holds an annual Science, Engineering and Technology Education (SETE) Conference to provide faculty a forum to discuss and exchange ideas about teaching methodologies that increase student learning and retention.

For more information about NMSGC scholarships and programs, contact Hynes at (505) 646-6414 or visit the consortium's Web site at http://spacegrant.nmsu.edu.