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Graduate school offers variety of financial aids

The Graduate School at New Mexico State University offers professional development and retention workshops as well as a number of financial awards for students and graduate assistants.

tion deadlines for several financial awards are March 20 and April 1. Graduate students must be nominated by their departments for some awards, including the Mike Watts Outstanding Leadership Fellowships and merit-based enhancement fellowships for current graduate assistants.

The NMSU graduate school is prepared to offer 20 Mike Watts Outstanding Leadership Graduate Fellowships of $1,000 this semester. The school has issued a second call for nominations because only five have been received so far. The deadline has been extended to March 20. Nominations must come from faculty for their graduate assistants in any area of study.

Merit-based enhancement fellowships for current graduate assistants provide $4,000 a year for each student earning the award. These awards will be granted for academic year 2005-06. These enhancements are available through fund-raising efforts of the graduate school and are meant to reward graduate assistants who have shown outstanding service to NMSU.

Last year 14 enhancement awards were given to outstanding graduate assistants through support from the President's Office of NMSU. Criteria for the merit enhancements include a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a letter of nomination from the faculty.

Complete information about any of the awards is available at the following web site: http://gradschool.nmsu.edu/gradschool/announcements.html.

While the 60 tuition fellowships for incoming graduate assistants announced earlier will help recruit outstanding students to NMSU's graduate school, the merit-based enhancements are meant to assist current graduate assistants. The application deadline is April 1.

The Graduate School also provides travel awards for students engaged in research they are presenting at a conference. The amount is $250 to be applied to the cost of transportation to and from the conference. Last year about 72 students received travel awards to attend regional, national and international conferences.

"Any student who is presenting a paper, a poster, a performance or an art exhibit is eligible, but he or she must apply before the presentation," Lacey said.