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Agricultural science summer program seeks applicants

The National Science Foundation-funded Agricultural Science Summer Undergraduate Research Education and Development (ASSURED) Program at New Mexico State University is still seeking qualified applicants.

The Chile Pepper Institute will host the annual 10-week program that is "a research experience for undergraduates." The program that targets incoming freshman (enrolled in classes) and continuing freshman and sophomore students from first or second generation migrant working families, will run from June 2-Aug. 8.

"The main goal of the program is to show there's a different side in agriculture than the tedious work in the fields," said Program Coordinator Danise Coon.

ASSURED gives students a greater understanding of agricultural research and science, as well as the opportunity to pursue new ideas, build friendships and support groups.

Students that participate in ASSURED receive a $4,000 stipend to work with a faculty mentor in a one-on-one research environment, create their own research project and learn about the entire research process through agriculture.

Coon said students also receive funds for meals and housing on the NMSU campus for the duration of the program.

Coon said the topic for the student research can include anything from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. Research ideas range from studying plants, to diseases and pests, to hotel restaurant management.

Upon completion, students will present the research project at a seminar and in a research poster at Gerald Thomas Hall.

"It is graduate-level work," said Coon of the research project presentation.

For more information contact Coon at (575) 646-3028.