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NMSU students participate in Los Alamos Lab summer internship program

Three New Mexico State University students are participating in the Los Alamos National Laboratory/Alliance for Minority Participation internship program that runs through Aug. 4.

The program, which has a goal of increasing the number of minorities receiving undergraduate degrees in science, math, engineering and technology (SMET), runs on a three-year cycle. First-year participants, who transfer from community and junior colleges, attend classes while learning research methods at NMSU. Second-year participants work at the national lab and third-year participants work in industry.

Sophomore biology major Lilliana Carbajal, of Tularosa, N.M, is in the first year of the program and is a transfer student from the NMSU Alamogordo branch. Junior engineering technology major Kimberly Nelson, of Shiprock, N.M., is a transfer student from Dine College and is completing her second year in the program with an internship at the NMSU engineering technology department. Mechanical engineering senior Greg Natoni, a third-year student from Bloomfield, N.M., is completing his second internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the LANL/AMP internship program has had six participants graduate with SMET degrees since it began in 1994. Another 13 participants are still in school pursuing their degrees.

Chris J. Minnick
July 10, 2000