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NMSU student attends NASA research program

New Mexico State University student Deithra Archie is attending a NASA-sponsored summer research program at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.

Archie, a 1997 graduate of Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska, is a junior majoring in geology at NMSU. She is one of a dozen participants in this eight-week program that emphasizes astronomical research.

NASA pays expenses and provides a stipend for students participating in the program, part of the space agency's MU-SPIN (Minority University-SPace Interdisciplinary Network) initiative.

Archie and other participants will visit major national observatories, including NMSU's Apache Point Observatory, during the summer. The program includes observations with telescopes, reduction and interpretation of those observations, and instruction on the use of computer workstations, on-line databases and Internet resources in scientific research.

Archie will present the results of her summer research at the national MU-SPIN/NASA meeting in Miami this fall. Her faculty sponsor is NMSU astronomy professor Kurt S.J. Anderson.

Archie, the daughter of Minnie D. Keller of Anchorage, also plays rugby for the NMSU Lady Chiles.