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Recent NMSU graduate receives Lambda Alpha scholarship

For the second time in a row, recent New Mexico State University graduate Danielle Deemer was awarded one of the nation's top agricultural scholarships.

Recent New Mexico State University graduate Danielle Deemer takes field notes at the university's Fabian Garcia Research Center. She has received top national awards for her continuing studies in anthropology. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The Lambda Alpha Honors Society offers two nationwide scholarships a year, for a junior and senior. Deemer has won both scholarships consecutively, which has only happened once before in Lambda Alpha history.

"The Lambda Alpha is a major bonus for me and I appreciate everyone who helped me achieve it," Deemer said.

Last year, Deemer became the first NMSU student ever to receive the $1,000 scholarship for juniors from the society. Now, as a graduating senior, she was awarded $5,000.

"We are proud of Danielle for showing that NMSU students can compete with the very best in the country and win top awards," said Wenda Trevathan, professor of sociology and anthropology.

Born and raised in Las Cruces, Deemer graduated this spring from NMSU with an anthropology and English degree. She said forming inspiring bonds and ties with professors, her family and her own ambition helped her succeed.

Deemer will be attending Ohio State University this fall to begin her master's and Ph.D. in rural sociology.

"Rural sociology is the program that best allows me to combine my anthropology and agriculture interests," Deemer said. "The future is invested in sustainable agriculture and development, so I feel like this discipline needs me as much as I need it."

She said her goal is to work for the Department of Agriculture or an international development program. But ultimately, she would like to teach, she said.

At graduation, Deemer was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate by the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned a 4.0 GPA and received the McNair and Verna Newman Rule scholarships as well as Lambda Alpha's.

During her studies at NMSU, she served as the executive vice president of the Alpha Chi Honors Society and president of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. She also recently exhibited 20 of her oil paintings in the NMSU art gallery.

"I never set out to win major awards. I just focused on my work, formed close bonds with faculty, and developed a passion for social research," she said.