William Conroy Honors College
The Honors College provides qualified undergraduate students with opportunities to broaden and enrich their academic programs. In small classes taught by master teachers, honors students engage in lively discussion and collaborative investigation of interdisciplinary topics. Through the Honors Capstone, students undertake original research in humanities, science, engineering, agriculture, business, education, and the arts under close supervision by faculty mentors. Many students prepare for their capstone experience by doing an internship in a scientific laboratory or undertake independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP)
The New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a partnership of New Mexico’s six four-year universities and twenty public two-year community colleges. The goal of the Alliance is to increase the state’s graduation rate of ethnic minority students with baccalaureate degrees in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
The MARC Program (formerly Minority Access to Research Careers) is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences within the National Institutes of Health. The goals of the program are: to assist selected undergraduate students who demonstrate an interest in and the potential for research in the biomedical sciences to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate degree; to provide a research experience sufficient to result in presentation of research data at professional meetings; to facilitate an 8-10 week summer research experience off-campus; to improve academic performance; to provide funds for travel to professional meetings; and to assist students in entering graduate and professional programs. All past NMSU-MARC students have received bachelor’s degrees and more than 75% have gone on to graduate programs.
Building Research Achievement in Neuroscience (BRAiN)
The NMSU Building Research Achievement in Neuroscience (BRAiN) Program was founded in 2010 with a grant from the NIH BP-ENDURE initiative. The BRAiN partnership between UC Denver and NMSU faculty aspires to broaden participation among the doctoral (PhD) ranks of neuroscience and biobehavior scientists by providing research and professional development opportunities for undergraduate juniors and seniors. BRAiN Scholars participate in academic year research at NMSU and a summer internship at the UC Denver Medical Campus. Enhancement activities include a yearly Honors seminar experience and attendance at national conferences such as SFN and ABRCMS.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program at NMSU (HHMI)
The NMSU Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program (HHMI) broadens access to science by providing students with opportunities to be successful in science through outreach to high schools in under-served communities, through the enhancement of undergraduate biology courses, by providing students with undergraduate research opportunities, and by providing the next generation of faculty with training in Scientific Teaching.
Discovery Scholars (DS)
The Discovery Scholars Program (DS) is a college wide interdisciplinary program which was created in Fall 2014. DS is a mentorship program where undergraduate students engage in research/creative activity with faculty mentors. The goal of the program is to support student research/creative activity and encourage students to apply for and successfully complete a Master’s degree, perhaps even a Ph.D. Through the program students are challenged to think through research questions and or creative activities, find solutions or ways to answer questions or implement creative activities, and then write up and present the outcome(s) of their work.
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