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NMSU physics student awarded national fellowship

Chris Beltran, a senior majoring in physics and math at New Mexico State University, has been awarded a National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) fellowship. The fellowship is a six-year doctoral track program worth an estimated $185,000. It will pay tuition and fees, and a substantial stipend, for each academic year. "It's a nice honor to receive this," Beltran said. "Of all the fellowships available, this is the one I really wanted."

Beltran, who graduates May 15 from NMSU, will study theoretical particle physics at Indiana University. The fellowship includes paid summer employment and technical experience for a minimum of two summers. Beltran will spend his summers working at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Beltran's fellowship was one of only 23 in the nation awarded by the NPSC.

"This is an industry based program and taken into consideration are the students' discipline, their research experience at the undergraduate level, academic standing and GRE score," said Gene Bailey, program administrator of the NPSC.

"It's unusual to get a six-year fellowship. It's excellent for Chris," said George Burleson, NMSU physics department head. "He worked very hard to get this."

Beltran is the son of Felicita Beltran of Las Vegas, N.M., and Skip Ward of Truth or Consequences.