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New Mexico Space Grant Consortium announces academic scholarship recipients

Four undergraduate and eight graduate students were awarded New Mexico Space Grant scholarships for the spring and fall 2008 semesters at New Mexico State University. Each year New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) awards research scholarships to students in New Mexico. Scholarship recipient's name and research is below.


Graduate Research Fellowships:

NMSGC awards scholarships to graduate students to work with faculty on funded research. Graduate students each receive scholarships in the amount of $10,000. Scholarship recipients, their major, and their research projects are:
1.Jillian Bornak,
Astronomy, Multi-wavelength study of compact jets in black hole and neutron star binaries via synchrotron radiation
2.Alba Chavez, Biology, Biofilm formation in Vibrio fischeri under different environmental conditions
3.Arturo Fountain, Electrical Engineering, Human Heart Model Including Surrounding Tissues and Related Organs
4.Ryan Hamilton, Astronomy, Deconvolving the Evolutionary History of Cataclysmic Variables
5.Mark Seger, Molecular Biology, Effects of increased carbon availability on nitrogen metabolism in the nodules of Medicago Sativa (alfalfa) via the constitutive overexpression of a maize sucrose phosphate synthetase gene.
6.Melissa Ziarnick, Psychology, Workload of Unmanned Aerial Systems Assessment
7.Douglas Hoffman, Astronomy, Automated Variable Star Classification in Large Databases and the Search for Eclipsing Pulsators
8.Catharine Wu, Astronomy, Study of Galaxy Halos from Ground- and Space-based Observations

Undergraduate Research Scholarship:

NMSGC awards scholarships to undergraduate students to work with faculty on funded research. Undergraduate students receive scholarships in the amount of $5,000. Scholarship recipients, major, and research project are:
1.Christopher Arrigo, Environmental Science, Microbial Fuel Cells
2.Jeremy Bruggemann, Mechanical Engineering, Inertial Property Algorithm Verification (IPAV) Project
3.Paul Hamilton, Mechanical Engineering, Inertial Property Algorithm Verification Project
4.Taylor Owen, Electrical Engineering, Performance Optimization of Open-Source Astrophysics Code

Education Scholarship:

NMSGC awards scholarships to education students to use NASA educational materials when student teaching. Education students receive scholarships in the amount of $2,000. Scholarship recipient is:
1.Stephanie Haan-Amato

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is funded by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) to encourage every citizen of New Mexico to participate in the economic, education and scientific benefits of space; to recruit citizens of New Mexico into aerospace-related math, science, engineering and technology careers; and to establish commonalities among the programs of its consortium partners.

Students who feel they qualify and wish to submit an application to be considered for one of these scholarships should visit the website at http://spacegrant.nmsu.edu/NMSU/scholarships/index.html.