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NMSU freshman to intern at Smithsonian Institute

New Mexico State University student Cecily Marroquin has been accepted for the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History's research training program this summer in Washington, D.C.

Marroquin, an 18-year-old freshman double majoring in anthropology and journalism, will be spending ten weeks working on a scientific research project. Marroquin and 13 other students were chosen from an applicant pool of 133 college students worldwide. She is one of only two freshmen participating.

"I'm excited to have such an amazing opportunity so early in my college career," Marroquin said.

As a Los Alamos High School graduate and current intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Marroquin has always been interested in science. She plans to pursue a career in writing for a scientific magazine or institution.

"Los Alamos has offered many opportunities for my interests to grow," Marroquin said.

During her freshman year at NMSU, Marroquin made the Dean's List, became a Crimson Scholar and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She currently holds two positions in the Gamma Xi chapter of the Delta Zeta sorority on campus.

Marroquin's research project at the Smithsonian is titled "Quantifying Diseases in Societies without Epidemiological Record: A Methodological Essay." She will be working on it with Smithsonian botanist Alain Touwaide.

The research training program is sponsored by the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Fund.