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New Mexico State University students receive scholarships from Space Grant Consortium

Twelve New Mexico State University graduate and undergraduate students received scholarships from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) for the spring 2003 semester.


ar, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration provides $100,000 to NMSGC to award scholarships to students in the state. Graduate Research Fellowships and Undergraduate Research Scholarships are awarded to students who work with faculty on funded research projects. Education Scholarships are awarded to education majors allowing recipients to develop the math and science materials for their student teaching assignments.

NMSGC awarded seven Graduate Research Fellowships worth $4,000 each and three Undergraduate Research Scholarships and two Education Scholarships worth $2,000 each to students at New Mexico State.

Graduate Research Fellowships recipients for spring 2003 are Carissa M. Brealey, Erica S. Gerken, Marcos Guerrero, Bhasker K. Moorthy, Steven Nelli, Heather Osborne and Brian Palmer.

Brealey, an electrical engineering major from Las Cruces, is working on the research project titled "Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter Imaging Camera Systems for Planetary Research."

Gerken, an astronomy major from Albuquerque, N.M., is researching "Radiative Feedback on the Interstellar Medium in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds."

Guerrero, an anthropology major from Sacramento, Calif., is working on "The Pony Hills Petroglyphs: Archaeo-Astronomical Perspectives and Site Dating."

Moorthy, an astronomy major from Las Cruces, is researching how bulges form at the centers of spiral galaxies.

Nelli, an astronomy major from Las Cruces, is studying "The Interrelationship Between Dust and Water Cycles in Martian Atmosphere: Numerical Modeling."

Osborne, an astronomy major from Las Cruces, is working on "Determining the Masses of Secondaries in Cataclysmic Variables."

Palmer, a computer science major from Las Cruces, is working on "Technologies to Improve Communication Between Blind and Sighted Scientists."

The Undergraduate Research Scholarships for spring 2003 were awarded to Lance Miller, William Toothaker and Lyle S. Young.

Miller, a senior computer science major from Las Cruces, is researching "Parallel and Distributed Execution of Constraint Programs: Tools for Dynamic Control of Answer Set Programs."

Toothaker, a junior electrical engineering major from Clovis, N.M., is working on the research project titled "MM5 and Evapotranspiration."

Young, a junior chemical engineering major from Melrose, N.M., is studying the "Basic Properties Vital to Understanding Foam Expansion in Zero Gravity."

The Education Scholarships for spring 2003 were awarded to Holly R. Bemis-Schurtz, a senior elementary education major from Las Cruces, and Christine Marie Burlison, a senior secondary education major from Albuquerque, N.M.

For more information about these scholarships, contact NMSGC at (505) 646-6414 or visit http://spacegrant.nmsu.edu