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Local students present research at NMSU symposium

Students from Las Cruces and Sunland Park presented their research in April at the 12th annual New Mexico State University Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium.

Vanessa V. Selwyn, a senior majoring in biology and psychology from Las Cruces presented her paper, "Understanding Recent Divergence: A study of Katydids," which attempts to better identify species boundaries and relationships among closely related species of insects. Selwyn is a participant in Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and was assisted by Daniel Howard, academic head for the department of biology at NMSU.

Don S. Ariykumar, a junior majoring in biology from Las Cruces, presented his poster, "Formation of biofilms by symbiotic vibrio fischeri." Ariykumar's research involves the bioluminescence of squids. He is a participant in MARC and was assisted by Michele K. Nishiguchi, NMSU associate professor of biology.

Karla Y. Garcia, a senior majoring in biology from Sunland Park, N.M., presented her poster, "Preservation effects on stable isotope ratios of cephalopod tissues: Implications for trophic studies." Garcia's work discusses the effect of preservatives on tissue samples of cephalopods. She is participant in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and was assisted by William Boecklen, professor of biology at NMSU.

"The symposium showcased undergraduate work and demonstrated that students are actively engaged in research and creative arts," said William Eamon, dean of the Honors College at NMSU. "It celebrated mentorship and was a sort of reward for students in the form of public recognition."

This event is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of the citizens of our community and state.