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NMSU students participating in summer research

Seven New Mexico State University students are participating in research at off-campus research centers this summer as part of NMSU's Minority Access to Research Careers Program.

MARC is an honors research program that prepares undergraduate students for postgraduate advanced studies in the biomedical sciences. MARC students work closely with NMSU researchers during their junior and senior years, and participate in off-campus research the summer before their senior year.

Microbiology major Adam Castoreno will participate in research at Stanford University in California. Biochemistry major Will Ferguson has a research fellowship in pharmacology at the University of California at San Diego. Biochemistry major Seth Frietze will be involved in cell division research at Harvard Medical School in Boston. All three are from Las Cruces.

Juan-gabriel Gallegos of Santa Fe, who is majoring in agriculture and biology, will do his summer research at the University of New Mexico. He has been working with NMSU chemistry professor Colleen Jonsson in her research on proteins and retroviruses.

Biology major Sharlene Jones of Chama will participate in the Minority Scientist Development Summer Research Program at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Joseph Sandoval of Los Alamos, a biology major, will participate in the Human Genome Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, evaluating a method of sequencing disease genes.

Biology major Lacia Williams of Albuquerque will participate in a research project at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

MARC is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. MARC fellowships are competitively awarded each year to as many as 16 NMSU students who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and who will be juniors at the beginning of the fellowship.

Information about the MARC Program at New Mexico State University is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.chemistry.nmsu.edu/~research/MARC/MARC.html