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New Mexico Space Grant announces academic scholarship recipients

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium gave $245,000 in scholarships statewide to students enrolled at New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (New Mexico Tech).


At NMSU, nine graduate students, two undergraduate students, and two education students were awarded NMSGC scholarships for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters at NMSU.

The scholarship recipients' names and research include:
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. Christopher Arrigo, Environmental Science, Variation in root-zone alpha diversity of soil microorganisms as an index of degradation and remediation success of arid-zone soils

2. Jose Banuelos, Physics, A sample micro-positioning system for scanning small angle X-ray scattering experiments to determine nanoscale spatial correlations in the morphology of bone

3. Malynda Chizek, Astronomy, Mars Atmospheric Modeling: Development and Methane Characterization

4. Sophia Cisneros, Physics, Investigations on Dark Matter through General Relativity

5. Jeffrey Coughlin, Astronomy, Using the NASA Kepler Mission to Discover New Low-Mass Eclipsing Binary Systems

6. Elizabeth Kilmek, Astronomy, Constraining Galaxy Formation and Evolution Simulations That Incorporate Stellar Feedback

7. Michael Kirk, Astronomy, Automated Detection and Analysis of Polar Coronal Holes Over Several Solar Cycles

8. Maria Patterson, Astronomy, Interstellar Gas and Massive Stars in External Galaxies

9. Selene Virk, Biology, Transcriptomic Analysis of Vestibular Genes

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 recipient, major, and research project are:

1. Micah Kecman, Mechanical Engineering, Inertial Property Algorithm Verification

2. Lisa Hoffman, DACC, Accretion within Binary Star Systems: Cataclysmic Variable Stars, Low Mass X-Ray Binaries

Education Scholarship:

NMSGC awards scholarships to education students during the student teaching semester to use NASA-related lessons while student teaching. Students receive scholarships in the amount of $2,000. Scholarship recipients are:

1. Jessica Lowman

2. Kelly Armstrong

Eight UNM graduate students and one SIPI undergraduate student were awarded NMSGC scholarships for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters at UNM and SIPI. Scholarship recipients' names and research are 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. Laura Burkemper, Earth & Planetary Science, Molybdenum and tungsten metal-silicate partitioning: Implications for core formation

2. Fonda Day, Physics, Parallax, OH and H2O Maser Studies of Pre-planetary Nebulae

3. Stephen Elardo, Planetary Geoscience, Experimental Simulation of Lunar Magma Ocean Crystallization

4. Jennifer Hathaway, Biology, Investigation of Novel Microbial Diversity and Nitrogen Cycling in Lava Tubes of Terceira, Azores, Portugal

5. Karen Hutchins, Earth & Planetary Science, Experimental Constraints on the Differentiation of the Martian Mantle

6. Michael Rising, Nuclear Engineering, Neutron Branching and Probability of Initiation

7. Mark Tyra, Geology, Early Solar System water and its role in the timing and compositions of carbonate minerals: Clues from CM meteorites

8. Stephanie Yurchyk, Earth & Planetary Science, Coupled Sequence Stratigraphy Analyses of the Lower Triassic (Smithian) Thaynes Formation: Framework for Understanding Paleoclimate Change

Undergraduate Research Scholarship:

NMSGC awards scholarships to undergraduate students to work with faculty on funded research. Undergraduate students receive scholarships in the amount of $2,500 for the Fall 2009 semester. Alicia Montoya, Pre-Engineering major at SIPI, will work on the project "Information technology experiences using simulated tele-science exploration of Mars (ITESTEM)." Montoya will graduate in December 2009 and transfer to UNM.

Two New Mexico Tech graduate students and four undergraduate students were awarded NMSGC scholarships for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters at New Mexico Tech. Scholarship recipients' names and research are 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. Akshin Bakhtiyarov, Mechanical Engineering, Self-Monitoring and Self-Repairing Aerospace Structures

2. Alex Rinehard, Geoscience, Resolution of different climate proxies in up-building loess-soil deposits in the Potrillo Volcanic Field

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 recipient, major, and research project are:

1. Ben Cooper, Mechanical Engineering, Delaying Stall using Leading Edge Bumps

2. Andrea Gallegos, Physics, Variable Star Types

3. John Corbin, Mathematics and Computer Science, Reconstruction of the Phase Space of a Double Pendulum from a Single Scalar Measurement

4. Matthew Swanson, Mechanical Engineering, SAE Aero Design 2010

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is funded by NASA to encourage every citizen of New Mexico to participate in the economic, educational 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 contact New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at (575) 646-6414, or visit the website at
http://spacegrant.nmsu.edu/NMSU/scholarships/index.html