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NMSU holds computer science camps

High school students from the Las Cruces area are discovering what the fields of bioinformatics and computer science have to offer in a two-week camp at New Mexico State University.



Nathan Patterson of Mesilla Valley Christian School, Evan Bailey of Mayfield High School and Melissa Patti of Las Cruces High School (Contributed Photo)

dy of bioinformatics is the intersection of research using computer science and biology.


"We hope to expose these students to the exciting careers in computer science," said Desh Ranjan, head of the computer science department at NMSU. "There are very important discoveries to be made which would be impossible without the extensive use of computer technology."

In a separate camp, college students from two-year colleges in New Mexico and Arizona are learning about the computer science environment at NMSU, Internet programming, Web design and graphics. They will earn two credits for attending the five-week camp.

Ranjan said the camps, in their first year, are aimed at helping students decide which part of computer science they are interested in. They also help students become more familiar with computer science programs at NMSU. He hopes to continue the camps for several more years.

The camps are one of the things funded by grants from the National Science Foundation totaling more than $6 million over the next five years. They include the Advanced Technology Education, the Minority Institution Infrastructure and the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) grants. CREST has made it possible for NMSU to create a Center for Bioinformatics at NMSU with $4.5 million over the next five years.

Students from both camps will come together throughout their time at NMSU to conduct hands-on research projects. At the end of their research, the students will present their project through a poster presentation on Friday, July 22, in the Science Hall Atrium.