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Las Cruces area students selected for research program

Nine students from the Las Cruces area have been selected for the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program at New Mexico State University.

Among 26 undergraduate students in the MBRS program are Juan Strouse, Stevie Plane, Sam Marusich, Jeanette Perez and Andrea Medina of Las Cruces; Marco Diaz and Mylena Holguin of Vado; Marcela Valenzuela of Anthony, N.M.; and Rafael Leos of Chamberino.

The Minority Biomedical Research Support Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, provides opportunities for Hispanic, American Indian and African-American students to gain scientific research experience while earning bachelor's degrees and preparing for advanced studies.

Under the guidance of NMSU faculty members, the students involved in MBRS conduct independent research in the areas of animal science, biology, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and plant sciences. Students present their research at professional scientific conventions.

The objective of the MBRS program is to increase the number of minority graduates who pursue careers in biomedical research. In the 25-year history of MBRS at NMSU, participants in the program have completed 255 bachelor's degrees, 60 master's degrees and 58 doctorates.

The program offers students paid apprenticeships to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during the summer.

The MBRS Program supports graduate students as well as undergraduates. For more information about the program, contact Glenn Kuehn, program director, at (505) 646-1015 or visit the MBRS Web site at www.nmsu.edu/~molbio/mbrs/mbrs.html.