Recent University Honors Graduates

 

Group Photo of the Honors College Graudates for Spring 2016

University Honors Recipients Spring 2016

Adrian Avila


Major: Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Philosophy

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “The Rapture of Atlantis”

Scholarships: Regents Success Scholarship

Activities: Internship with Harris, Inc., Volunteer Work with Phi Eta Sigma

Plans for next year: Graduate School

Plans for the future: Find work in the Computer Science field. Perhaps research related.

GPA: 3.71

 

Sativa Cruz


Major: Environmental Science

Minor: Sustainable Development

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Utopiense: Experiential Learning in Colombian Agroforestry System Encourages Teamwork”

Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Carroll

Scholarships: Opportunity Scholarship

Other Awards: Outstanding Graduating Senior Award for College of ACES

Activities: Clubs/Organizations, National Institutes of Health MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Fellow Ubelong volunteer expedition, Northern India,“Water,Life,Future” Sundt Honors Scholars Yucatan, Mexico “The Archeology of Sustainability” Partners of Americas and President Obama’s 100,000 Strong initiative Yopal, Colombia “Young Leaders Innovating for the Reinvention of an Agricultural Sustainable Region” USDA NRCT (Natural Resources Career Track) Participant

Plans for next year: Graduate school at Oregon State University in the department of forest ecosystems and society.

Plans for the future: Continue studies become a teacher and begin working towards the creation of community environmental learning center and small farm. Hopefully include several volunteer and research opportunities during the process.

GPA: 3.7

 

Devin Galligan


Major: Arts & Sciences – Digital Film Making, Business – Marketing

Minor: Business Administration, Sports Marketing, Advertising

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Then and There”

Scholarships: High Achiever Leadership Scholarship,

Other Awards: National Society for Collegiate Scholars

Activities: Sports, New Mexico State Cheer Team

Plans for next year: Anderson School of Business at University of New Mexico, Masters in Marketing Management

Plans for the future: I want to work in the entertainment industry, working on scripts, television shows, or movies. I’d prefer to be a screenwriter, but whatever happens, happens. I’d also enjoy working in advertising or marketing with any prestigious New Mexico firm that is offering a qualified position

GPA: 3.582

 
Genesis Ramos


Major: Criminal Justice

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “The Mechanics of Female Serial Killers”

Advisor: Dr Andrea Joseph

Activities: Just commissioned as a 2nd LT in the United States Army from the NMSU Army ROTC program.

Plans for next year: Next Year I will be stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington working as an Engineer for the United States Army.

Plans for the future: I plan on applying to United States Army’s Law program and hopefully become a JAG Officer.

GPA: 3.63

 
Kira Turnham


Major: Biology

Minor: Biochemistry, Conservation Ecology

Type of Thesis: Howard Hughes Research Project (BIO 402)

Thesis: “Phylogeography of Euprymna and their Vibrio symbionts: the genetic architecture of a symbiotic system.”

Advisor: Dr. Michele Nishiguchi

Scholarships: Honors Excel Scholarship,

Other Awards: Honors Scholarship for International Research 2015

Activities: Sports, Clubs/Organizations

Plans for next year: I will attend Pennsylvania State University in a doctoral program.

Plans for the future: I hope to perform marine research for a non-profit or government organization.

GPA: 3.543

 

Sonia Walterbos


Major: Psychology, Spanish

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Say Please: An Analysis on the Theoretical Framework for Language Learning & Acquisition in Children”

Advisor: Doctor Gabriela Moreno

Scholarships: Regents Success Scholarship,

Activities: Clubs/Organizations,,

Plans for next year: I’m gonna take a year or two off before graduate school, and I’m gonna start working at a daycare especially for kids with disabilities. It’s a new daycare in town called Little Amigos. I’m working there hoping to gain real experience working with kids with disabilities and to see if I really want to work with kids for the rest of my life.

Plans for the future: After taking a year or two off, I plan on applying to graduate school to study kinesiology to be able to work with kids with physical disabilities and become a physical therapist.

GPA: 3.684

 

Distinction in University Honors Recipients Spring 2016

Karen Acosta


Major: Biochemistry

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Identification of a Gene Involved in Growth and Flowering in Medicago Sativa.”

Advisor: Dr. Champa Gopalan

Scholarships: Regents Success Scholarship, LEAP Grant LC, ETB Pathways Scholarship, TRiO Scholarship

Other Awards: Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) 2015 Poster Presentation Award in Biochemistry; Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference 2015 Travel Scholarship; NMSU C

Activities: Clubs/Organizations: Student Center for the Public Trust, Rotaract

Research Program Participation and Internships:

– Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

– Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Research Program at NMSU

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): Undergraduate Science Scholars II Research Program at NMSU

– Research Initiative for Scientific Advancement (RISE): RISE to the Doctorate Undergraduate Research Program at NMSU

Plans for next year: Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Ph.D. program with a Graduate Training in Medical Science Certificate at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) starting Fall 2016

Plans for the future: Career in biomedical research

GPA: 3.757

 

Adriana Alire


Major: Animal Science

Minor: Biochemistry

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Androgen Receptor and Activation of Downstream Signaling via CXCL12/CXCR4/CXCR7 Signaling Axis and in Triple Negative Breast Cancer”

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Ashley

Scholarships: Regents Success Scholarship

Activities: Research-Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program

Plans for next year: I will be attending veterinary school at Washington State University.

Plans for the future: With a DVM, I plan to work in the research industry and study infectious diseases.

GPA: 3.997

 

Elizabeth Brug


Major: English and Spanish

Minor: Math

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Anne Sexton’s Transformations: The Fairytale of Mental Illness”

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Cull

Scholarships: President’s Associates Excellence Scholarship

Activities: Performing Arts, St. Albert the Great Newman Center Campus Ministry

Plans for next year: Graduate School at NMSU in the M.A. Literature Program

Plans for the future: I hope to continue studies in theology and work as both an educator and writer in the Southwest, where I can continue to explore the bilingual dynamic and Catholic culture.

GPA: 3.949

 

Andrea Gutierrez


Major: English, Creative Writing

Minor: Anthropology

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Care of the Self with Video Games”

Advisor:  Brian Rourke

Plans for next year: Going to Japan to learn the language well and work as a teacher.

Plans for the future: My plans for the future is to create my own video game company.

GPA: 3.9

 

Katherine Jackson


Major: Anthropology

Minor: Forensics, Religious Studies, History

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Increasing and Directional Asymmetry in the Upper Limbs of the Human Skeleton”

Advisor: Dr Mary Alice Scott

Scholarships: Elsie Rigney Carr Scholarship, Arts and Sciences General Scholarship

Activities: Clubs/Organizations

Plans for next year: PhD in Applied Anthropology at the University of Montana

Plans for the future: Work as a forensic anthropologist, possibly a professor, or something else!

GPA: 3.98

 

Applehelen Kirby


Major: Microbiology and Biology

Minor: Biochemistry and Dance

Type of Thesis: Howard Hughes Research Project (BIO 402)

Thesis: “The pH sensor arcA/B shows differentiation in biofilm formation  between wild type and deletion mutants of Vibrio fischeri.”

Scholarships: Honors Excel Scholarship

Activities: Performing Arts, Clubs/Organizations, Reformed University Fellowship

Plans for next year: NMSU Graduate School-Thesis Masters research program in biology

Plans for the future: Medical physician with possible research aspects

GPA: 3.77

 

Elizabeth Leatherman


Major: Communication Disorders

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations with Augmentative and Alternative Communication Needs.”

Advisor: Dr. Amelia Rau

Scholarships: Honors Excel Scholarship

Activities: ASNMSU, Clubs/Organizations

Plans for next year: I will be attending the University of Kansas to pursue a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  I have been accepted to work on a grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on Augmentative and Alternative Communication in general education settings.

Plans for the future: Post-graduate school I hope to work work with children with communication disorders in a school setting.  Long term goals may include pursing a Ph.D. to work on research or starting a private practice.

GPA: 3.869

 

Matthew Oberdorfer


Major: Psychology

Minor: Counseling & Educational Psychology, Spanish

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “Dissociation as an Important Mediator between Childhood Trauma and the Development of Psychological Disorders”

Advisor: Dr. Laura Madson

Scholarships: Psychology Undergraduate Scholarship

Plans for next year: I will attend the Counseling Psychology Ph. D. program at Colorado State University in the Fall.

Plans for the future: I want to be a practicing Counseling Psychologist.

GPA: 3.99

 

Celeste Trujillo


Major: Government

Minor: Business Administration

Type of Thesis: Honors Thesis/Capstone  (HON 400)

Thesis: “The Advancement of Females and Minorities in the Political System”

Scholarships: Honors Excel Scholarship

Activities: ASNMSU, Clubs/Organizations

Plans for next year: I plan to study for the LSAT and take it in October and then start applying for law schools.

Plans for the future: I would like to attend a top 15 law school to become a lawyer, and the ultimate goal is a federal judge.

GPA: 3.91

 

Chiann-Ling Yeh


Major: Genetics & Biotechnology

Minor: Biochemistry

Type of Thesis: Howard Hughes Research Project (BIO 402)

Thesis: “Sarcomere disassembly during tail regeneration in the adult fish Sternopygus macrurus”

Advisor: Dr Champa Gopalan

Scholarships: President’s Associates Excellence Scholarship

Activities: Clubs/Organizations, Rotaract (Community Service)

Plans for next year: Graduate School (Ph.D. in Genome Sciences at University of Washington)

Plans for the future: Conduct research in an academic or industry setting

GPA: 3.96