NMSU's STEM Projects
Ethnic minority students in New Mexico are underrepresented in post-secondary education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs. To address this issue, NMSU faculty and researchers, with foundation, federal agencies, and other partnerships support, have developed programs which aim to increase students. participation and proficiencies in science and math, and increase their interest in pursuing college degrees in STEM disciplines. The list below provides information about these projects and programs. For additional information please contact the leading faculty members listed for each project.
Summer Professional Development for Teachers: Every summer around 1000 teachers from throughout the state receive professional development in STEM-related areas at New Mexico State University. This summer as a result of the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards and the new standards for science, over 1500 teachers are expected to attend summer professional development in the College of Education. Many of these projects also rely on support from faculty in the College of Arts and Science, the College of Engineering, and the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
NIH-Bridge Program to host interns this summer: The NIH-Bridge Program will host 18 students from regional community colleges, where they will conduct independent research projects in the Departments of Chemistry
Biochemistry, Biology, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Fishery and Wildlife Science, and Toxicology.
Since 1992, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded a Bridge Program for Native American students from regional community colleges on the NMSU campus. The NIH-Bridge Program seeks to offer opportunities and interventions that promote the transfer of Native American students to baccalaureate degree programs in the biomedical sciences (biochemistry, chemistry, biology, molecular biology, microbiology, computer science, environmental sciences, etc.) at four-year, research-intensive universities, including NMSU.
For more information call 646-5092 or 646-1015.
- Program: Reaching the Pinnacle (RTP)
Funding: $2.7M from the National Science Foundation
Description: The program major objective is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for individuals with disabilities, through mentoring activities, summer projects, and statewide partnerships.
Participation: Reaching the Pinnacle collaborates with eight for year universities, nineteen two year colleges, nineteen New Mexico school districts, eight Texas school districts, eighteen affiliate partners, and nine sister NSF organizations.
Contact: Dr. J Philip King (575) 646-6051/ email@example.com.
- Program: Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
Funding: $70,000 a year through New Mexico Legislature
Description: The mission of the Alliance is to collaboratively contribute to the success of children throughout New Mexico and the educators who serve them.
Participation: In 2010, 140 teachers attended a professional development session focusing on teaching advanced placement courses.
Participating School Districts
- Alamogordo Public Schools
- Animas Public Schools
- Cobre Consolidated Schools
- Deming Public Schools
- Dexter Consolidated Schools
- Gadsden Independent Schools
- Hagerman Municipal Schools
- Hatch Public Schools
- Lake Arthur Municipal Schools
- Las Cruces Public Schools
- Lordsburg Municipal Schools
- Loving Municipal School
- Pecos Independent Schools
- Reserve Public Schools
- Silver Consolidated Schools
- Tatum Municipal Schools
- Tularosa Municipal Schools
- Aprendamos Intervention Team
- Edvance Research: Regional Education Laboratory-Southwest
- MECA Therapies, LLC
- NM Coalition for Public Charter Schools
- NM Education Network Center
- NM Highlands University
- NM Higher Education
- NM Northern Network
- NM Public Education Rural Education Bureau
- NM Research and Study Council
- Parents Reaching Out
- Regional Education Cooperatives #2
- Regional Education Cooperatives #9
- Regional Education Cooperatives #10
- Western New Mexico University
- Program: Astronomy, General Education Astronomy Source
Funding: $350,000 from NASA
Description: This program develops resources for teaching college astronomy courses in traditional classrooms and via distance education models, including fully-supported laboratory science exercises and a self-review library of 11,000+ questions in general astronomy. A set of short films depicting diverse individuals working in STEM fields is also under development. Resources are used by used by New Mexico educators and by a nation-wide pilot group of college instructors.
Contact:Dr. Nicole Vogt, 575-646-6522, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Bridge Program to Native American Students in Community Colleges
Funding: Funded by the National Institutes of Health. Current award is $242,000 per year for 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15.
Description: This program led by the College of Arts and Sciences has flourished since 1992. Students engage in summer research programs with faculty from multiple colleges and departments; their work prepares them to enter baccalaureate programs in biomedical sciences. There will be 18 students in Summer 2012 from the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biology, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Fishery and Wildlife Science, and the Molecular Biology Program and Chemistry.s Toxicology program.
Contact: Dr. Barbara Lyons, 575-646-5702, email@example.com
- Program: CAHSI, Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving
Funding: NMSU receives $180,000 per year from a larger National Science Foundation award.
Description: CAHSI is an alliance of CS programs at major Hispanic-serving Institutions. Its goal is to develop and disseminate practices proven effective in recruiting, training and retaining Hispanic students in computing (predominantly K-12 and undergraduate). CAHSI has promoted the development of the CS-0 program (deployed at NMSU), PLTL (deployed at NMSU), the Affinity Research Group model (deployed at NMSU), FemProf, and other activities.
Participation: Approximately 50 students participate at NMSU per year
Contact: Dr. Enrico Pontelli, 575-646-6239, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Chemical Olympics
Description: The event organizes competitions in chemistry experimentation to increase interest in chemistry and the other sciences among secondary school students. Participation: 10 schools annually
Contact: Dr. David Smith / 575-646-5210 / email@example.com
- Program: DISSECT
Funding: $1,200,000 from National Science Foundation for 2010-2014
Description: The program designs initiatives to develop computational thinking skills of students in K-12 schools. It teaches computational thinking as a problem solving tool within other science courses (predominantly at the 6-8 grade levels). DISSECT uses graduate students as computational experts who work in teams with K-12 teachers to create computational expertise in the curricula and in the classroom. There are 9 teams per semester in 9 K-12 courses with approximately 180 students. Related to DISSECT, the department will inaugurate a new dual credit high-school/freshmen course (CS 111: Computer Science Principles) in Spring 2013 that will focus exclusively on exposing students to the foundations of computational thinking in an engaging, non-formal manner. It is designed to help students succeed in a new high school AP Computer Science examination that will begin in 2016.
Contact: Dr. Enrico Pontelli, 575-646-6239, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: New Mexico Geographic Alliance
Funding: National Geographic Society, $32,000
Description: The National Geographic Education Foundation has awarded NMSU $32,000 to help educate children from kindergarten through 12th grade about geography. The New Mexico Geographic Alliance will become part of a network of fifty state alliances whose collective mission is to improve geographic education throughout the United States.
Contact: Dr. Michael DeMers, 575-496-5231, email@example.com
- Program: PD3, Math-Science Partnership
Funding: The Math Science Partnership (PD3) is funded through Park City Math Institute. NMSU, Las Cruces Public Schools and Gadsden Independent School District are partners in the NSF-funded Math and Science Partnership (MSP)
Description: PD3 will support the preparation of the next generation of scientists, engineers, science and math educators, and a science-literate citizenry, particularly increasing the capacity of preK-12 educational systems to provide requisites for learning to high standards in science and mathematics. Each year LCPS and GISD teachers participate in a semester-long seminar to maximize their knowledge of mathematics and understanding of how students learn. They have used materials used by the district combined with materials from the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI), a distinguished program that develops materials for teachers' improvement of Mathematics content knowledge.
Contact: Dr. Susana Salamanca-Riba, 575-646-2305, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Southwestern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Funding: Annual, Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; Education; and Health and Social Services; the Vice President for Research; and the NMSU Office of Admissions. Dr. Avis James (Biology) leads this effort, and Mr. William Harty (VPR Office) handles fiscal matters. Dr. James visits many institutions providing education for grades 5-12. More than 100 students prepare science and engineering projects and develop posters about their research. The students participate in an April poster presentation, and winners compete at the state and potentially at the national level.
Participation: 150 students from eight countries
Contact: Dr. Avis James / 575-646-5471 / email@example.com
- Program: Teaching Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science via Primary Historical Sources
Funding: $434,317 from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education.
Description: The interdisciplinary, multi-institutional initiative will create curricular materials based on primary historical sources. The eighteen curricular modules written under this award so far have been submitted for publication through the Mathematical Association of America.
Contact: Dr. Gerald Lodder, 575-646-2835, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Young Women in Computing
Funding: Funded at $600,000 per year for 2006-2012 from the National Science Foundation, plus smaller grants from Project GUTS, Innovate & Educate, and the National Girls Collaborative Project. Description: This program engages women in the field of computing. It targets students in middle schools, high schools, and at the college level. YWiC activities include monthly road shows to local middle and high schools that include engaging and fun presentations, typically paired with games and hands-on activities such as building robots, developing games and animated music videos. Over 1,000 students per year take part in road shows, and there are city-wide application development high school competitions. YWiC mentors teams of women students participating in other competitions such as the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge and the BotBall competition. YWiC sponsors attendance by high school and college students to national conferences such as the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, SACNAS, and the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing). YWiC organizes regional editions of national conferences (Expanding Your Horizon; National Girls Collaborative Project Conference; National Conference of Women in Information Technology). It gives presentations about computing opportunities at career days and community events. YWiC was instrumental in beginning two dual credit courses for high school students. It runs two summer camps each year; one is a 2-week camp for middle school girls about robotics and programming, and the second is a 5-week camp for high school girls that combines training in programming with team-building and other skill-development activities.
YWiC established a girls computing club in a local middle school; a chapter of Women in Computing at NMSU; it conducts social activities funded by Google; it has been selected by the National Girls Collaborative Project to lead the New Mexico activities, aimed at disseminating small grants and promoting activities to engage women in STEM. One student received the Anita Borg National Scholarship; a student became the first NMSU Google Ambassador; one student won the NCWIT Aspiration in Computing Scholarship (awarded to 1% of applicants); one student who developed a computing project for the regional science and engineering was invited to present it at the White House during the Presidential Science Fair; one student received over $1,000,000 in scholarships to study CS at MIT.
Participation: 12 high school women students
Contact: Dr. Enrico Pontelli / 575-646-6239 email@example.com with 0Dr. Susan Brown, firstname.lastname@example.orgEducation
- Program: Chile Pepper Institute
Funding: $22,000 from various donations
Description: Main goal is to educate the world about chile peppers through an extensive worldwide website, hosting research conferences, providing educational tours of our Teaching & Demonstration Garden, providing educational talks and demonstrations Educates the public on the chile plant and the industry surrounding its cultivation and commercialization.
Participation: 1,000 students annually and the general public
Contact: Ms. Danise Coon / 575-646-3028 / email@example.com
- Program: College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
Description: Promotes academic success among first-generation college students from migrant families by providing 75 percent of the cost for housing and meal plans, funding training stipends, book stipends, and art and cultural activities.
Participants: 30 freshmen students annually
Contact: Ms. Cynthia Bejarano / 575-646-3316 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Educational Talent Search
Description: The program conducts ongoing and comprehensive college preparation advising for middle and high school, first-generation, low-income students and their parents.
Participation: 600 students and their parents annually
Contact: Ms. Sarah Cooper / 575-646-1688 / email@example.com
- Program: Environmental Design Contest
Funding: $250,000 from multiple sources
Description: Students design solutions for real-world problems developing fully operational models presented to judges comprised of environmental professional.
Participation: 150 students from across the nation and overseas
Contact: Ms. Karen Mikel / 575-646-2162 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant
Funding: $1.8 million
Description: Restructuring of introductory biomedical courses; development of an undergraduate scholarship program; creation and operation of a mobile lab that visits high school students statewide; professional development for teachers; and funding for labs for new Master of Arts in Teaching in Science.
Participation: 40 teachers annually
Contact: Mr. Ralph Preszler / 575-646-7366 / email@example.com
- Program: Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
Funding: 16.5 million
Description: Funds members involved in biomedical research grants statewide, and for junior and tribal college outreach.
Participation: 19 faculty researchers and 114 students annually
Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Arterburn / 575-646-2738 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Innoventure Competition
Description: The competition fosters a spirit of invention, innovation, and social entrepreneurship for secondary school students across New Mexico; InnovenTurenetWork.Org
Participation: 350 middle and high school students across New Mexico, mostly in rural areas
Contact: Marie Borchert / 575-646-7839/ email@example.com
- Program: Junior Achievement
Description: The program.s hands-on, experimental programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people in grades K-12.
Participation: Las Cruces Public Schools
Contact: Dr. Larry Tunnell / 575-646-4901 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Manufacturing Technology Bridge
Description: The program exposes students to STEM subjects and inspires them to go on to college, entering math, science, and technology fields and careers beyond.
Participation: 200 students from four high schools in two borderland districts annually.
Contact: Dr. Anthony Hyde / 575-646-5029 / email@example.com
- Program: Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2)
Funding: $1.4 million per year for six years, National Science Foundation
Description: The program unites mathematicians, educational researchers and public school leaders in improving achievement in math statewide by preparing teachers to teach mathematics in line with national/state standards, while addressing learning needs of students. Participation: Summer Academies for Teachers of 6th-12th grade were held in June 2010 and served 219 teachers from 24 districts in New Mexico representing 83 schools. 47% of participants were Hispanic, 41% White, and the rest Native American, Asian or mixed race.
Contact: Dr. Pat Morandi /575-646-3901 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Wanda Bulger-Tamez / 575-646-2755 / email@example.com
- Program: Mathematically Connected Communities Leadership Institute for Teachers (MC2-LIFT)
Funding: $5 million from National Science Foundation
Description: Intensive mathematics, education, and leadership opportunities for two two-year cohorts of 30 teachers, K-12. Supported by a development group for the curriculum, a school support team working in partner districts, and a research team providing feedback to all participants and answering research questions related to teacher learning, student learning, and the how of development for the mathematics education community.
Contact: (Mathematics) Contact: Dr. Pat Morandi / 575-646-3901 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: (Education) Wanda Bulger-Tamez / 575-646-2755 / email@example.com
- Program: MC2 TERC Mathematics Academy
New Mexico Public Education Department
Description: Professional development workshops for elementary teachers from Las Cruces and Loving Public Schools.
Participation: 120 teachers in 2010
Contact: Dr. Cathy Kinzer / 575-646-2786 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Math Snacks Program
Funding: $2.9Million from the National Science Foundation
Description: Developing games and animations for middle school students based on closing conceptual gaps in the 5th-7th grade. Focus is on new development of Math Snacks products including teacher guides, learner guides and instructional videos modeling inquiry-based learning. Materials are piloted in the Learning Games Lab and in the summer Math Snacks camps where middle school teachers and students to work together to learn how to use the products. Conducting pilot and randomized testing to assess the effectiveness of the products for learning mathematics.
Participation: 5th~9th Grade students
Contact: (Education) Dr. Karin Wiburg /email@example.com
Contact: (Agriculture) Dr. Barbara Chamberlin /575-646-2848/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: (Mathematics) Dr. Ted Staford /575-646-7810/ email@example.com
- Program: Math Snacks Summer Camp at Mesa Middle School and Gadsden STEM Center
Funding: NSF funded project offers two outreach Math Snacks Camps for over 100 students each summer. A small fee of $40/students is charged since this is outreach work not included in the NSF grant. 2012 will be the third year of offering this camp.
Description: The program was held at two technology lab schools in the Las Cruces Public Schools on June 14th-18th to teach educators how to use technology for teaching mathematics and developed math activities, which they taught to 25, 5th~7th grade students in the mornings and then observed in the afternoons how the students were learning mathematics.
Participation: 90 teachers
Contact: Dr. Karin Wiburg / 575-646-1407 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Math & Science Partnership
Funding: $5 million
Description: Provides various educational and professional development opportunities to math and science K-12 teachers statewide.
Contact: (Mathematics) Contact: Dr. Pat Morandi / 575-646-3901 / email@example.com
(Education) Dr. Wanda Bulger-Tamez / 575-646-2755 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Memorial Middle School Agricultural Extension and Education
Funding: $175,000 from NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and 250,000 from the NM Legislature and grants, annually.
Description: The Memorial Middle School Agricultural Extension and Education Center (MMSAEEC) is a youth science center emphasizing participatory learning and experiential education that engages youth in inquiry based learning projects. A basic premise of the MMSAEEC mission is to develop a teaching and learning model of excellence for agriculture and natural resource sciences that complements in-class instruction by providing context to content through hands-on learning opportunities. The center seeks to improve achievement in STEM subjects through hands-on lessons, projects, and experiments undertaken in the MMSAEEC greenhouse and land laboratories. These educational activities are meant to enhance learning in academic classes by grounding teachers, their students and academic content in real-world agriculture, food and natural resource contexts. Participation: The center serves all of the approximately 450 students at the middle school directly through science and math classes, and cross-curricular approaches to teaching and learning.
Contact: Dr. Peter Skelton / 505-454-5710 / email@example.com.
- Program: Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
Funding: $675,000 through 2012 from the National Institutes of Health
Description: The program promotes the NIH-mandated goal to increase the numbers of underrepresented students who will pursue doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences. The program provides financial support for juniors and seniors to conduct research, attend national conferences and publish in professional journals.
Participation: 24 undergraduate students
Contact: Dr. Michael Johnson / 575-646-4041 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Minority Biomedical Research Support (RISE) to Excellence Program
Funding: $3.4 million from the National Institutes of Health
Description: The long-term goal of the New Mexico State University RISE to Excellence Program is to diversify the community of health scientists by furthering the completion of Ph.D. degrees by students who are members of groups underrepresented in biomedical and biobehavioral research. PI/PD (RISE to the post-doctorate - 12 pre-doctoral students)
Contact: Elba Serrano / 575-646-5217 / email@example.com RISE Associate Director (RISE to the Doctorate,20 undergraduates)
Contact: Dr. Graciela Unguez / 575-646-7963 / firstname.lastname@example.org RISE Associate Director (Team Discovery Workshops,32 undergraduate students-GDW/MPSW)
Contact: Dr. William Quintana / 575-646-2410 / email@example.com (Faculty Leader, Genomes Discovery Workshop.16 undergraduates)
Contact: Dr. Brook Milligan / 575-646-7980 / firstname.lastname@example.org (Faculty Leader, Medicinal Plants of the Southwest.16 undergraduates)
Contact: Dr. Antonio Lara / 575-646-2918 / email@example.com
- Program: NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Funding: $3,700,000 over three years from NASA
Description: The program funds university faculty and student to develop competitive research projects of interest to NASA. The programs enable the development of new research areas in New Mexico and focus on strengthening core research capabilities within in New Mexico by funding programs with potentially long-term competitive viability once NASA funding ends.
Participation: Faculty and students at NMSU
Contact: Dr. Patricia Hynes / 575-646-6414 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Program: New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP)
Funding: $3.1 million
Description: The program provides outreach, mentoring, tutoring, bridge and summer programs, undergraduate research and other support to underrepresented students to increase their chances of completing engineering degrees.
Participation: Approximately 6,000 students over the lifetime of the program
Contact: Dr. Ricardo Jacquez / 575-646-1847 / email@example.com.
- Program: New Mexico 4-H
Description: Provides extensive youth programs as part of regional district extension programs and partnering with various NMSU colleges and other institutions, and with Cooperative Extension.s statewide network to promote technology, science and math in 4-H programs.
Participation: 80,000 students annually
Contact: Dr. Frank Hodnett / 575-646-3026 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: New Mexico Council of Teachers of Math (NMCTM)
Description: The council is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development supporting teachers in ensuring quality mathematics learning.
Contact: Dr. Cathy Kinzer / 575-646-2786 / email@example.com
- Program: New Mexico Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)
Description: The program provides educational enrichment for middle and high school underrepresented students with a focus on math, engineering, and science.
Contact: Mr. Tony Begay / 800-544-2617 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: New Mexico Space Grant Consortium
Funding: $825,000 annually from NASA
Description: The consortium funds a variety of programs to support faculty and student on space related research and education programs. The consortium is a statewide organization that provides undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships to increase recruitment and retention.
Contact: Dr. Patricia Hynes / 575-646-6414 / email@example.com.
- Program: Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research: NMSU and FHCRC
Funding: National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: $1,000,000 annually (Sept 2007 - Aug 2012)
Description: The program is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and among other program elements, provides undergraduate and graduate students at NMSU an opportunity to assist in research, and to intern at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA.
Participation: 8 interns; 5 research students; 40 cancer biology students, annually
Contact: Dr. Mary O.Connell / 575-646-5172 / Moconnel@nmsu.edu.
- Program: Pathways in Computer Science
Description: The program increases the number of students succeeding in key computer science laboratory coursework.
Participation: 130 undergraduate and graduate students
Contact: Dr. Enrico Pontelli / 575-646-6239 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program: Regional Educational Technology Assistance (RETA)
Description: The program is a statewide professional development service provider for K-12 educators for technology integration, online teaching and learning, and professional development dossier.
Participation: 20 districts and more than 500 educators statewide
Contact: Dr. Susan Ceppi-Bussman / 575-646-1650 / email@example.com.
RETA Office: 1-800-821-1574/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Program: Scientifically Connected Communities (SC2)
Funding: $300,000 annually from the New Mexico Higher Education Dept.
Description: The program improving the scientific literacy of southern New Mexico students by providing professional development to 4th-8th grade science teachers that emphasizes critical thinking strategies and pedagogy to enhance scientific inquiry for all students. SC2 collaborates with a network of teachers, scientists, administrators, and district leaders to increase teacher science content knowledge, promote inquiry-based curriculum, and to provide resources and materials for the classroom.
Participation: 267 teachers participated in the 2010 Summer Workshop
Contact: Dr. Susan Brown 575-646-1397 / email@example.com.
- Program: Southern New Mexico . Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SNM-SEMAA)
Funding: $300,000 from various sources
Description: This program provides academic enrichment and career awareness programs for minority and underrepresented students in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
Participation: 3,400 students, 150 educators, 1,500 family members, and 25 NMSU engineering students and pre-service teachers.
Contact: Dr. Susan Brown / 575-646-1397 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Program: Southern NM Spaceport Tax Funding
Description: This funding represents a collaborative partnering of the Las Cruces Public Schools and Gadsden Independent School District to promote STEM education.
Participation: Both districts are contributing to STEM initiatives in order to maintain and expand these programs.
Contact: Dr. Susan Brown / 575-646-1397 / email@example.com
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