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Jurado awarded NMSU Honors College international research scholarship

The New Mexico State University Honors College has awarded an international research scholarship to Kellie Ann Jurado of Roswell.



Kellie Ann Jurado of Roswell, N.M., was awarded the New Mexico State University Honors College International Research Scholarship. She will use the scholarship to travel to Leipzig, Germany, to help conduct research at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The Honors College established the award with private funding and plans each year to award a student $5,000 for an international travel and research experience during the student's third year of undergraduate study.

Jurado, a sophomore double majoring in biology and psychology, will use the scholarship to travel to Leipzig, Germany, to work with Virginia Vitzthum at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Jurado will be researching reproductive ecology of women.

"I am excited to make a contribution to scientific understanding, by taking a naturalistic approach to understanding the evolution of the human reproductive system. The growth that I will undergo as I travel abroad will be priceless; it is an opportunity to further my intellect, my experience of diversity, my challenges and my passion," Jurado said.

The scholarship is based on strict criteria and the recipient is chosen by a committee composed of NMSU faculty, administrators and members of the public. Students were asked to develop a portfolio collection of their work and ideas and an original research or artistic project.

"This scholarship offers the student a unique and potentially life-changing experience," said Jason Ackleson, associate dean of the NMSU Honors College and director of the Office of National Scholarships. "It also begins to help prepare students to compete in other major national scholarship opportunities, many which are very competitive."

The scholarship is funded by the NMSU Foundation and the Honors College.