18 Local Students Land Prestigious Research Gigs

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Alondra Villalba & Britney Martinez in the lab during the semester at NNMC. Courtesy photo.

18 Local Students Land Summer Research Gigs At Prestigious Institutions 

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Eighteen students from Northern New Mexico College’s Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science programs have competed and secured summer research experiences at prestigious institutions around the country.
In alignment with the National Science
Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, the students will be associated with a research project in their field of study at a host institution, where they will work closely with the institution’s faculty and other researchers.
Britney Martinez, a fourth-year biology student at Northern and an aspiring microbiologist, will be taking part in molecular biology and biochemistry research at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

“Students exposed to programs such as the REU get hands-on training and we have data that these experiences transform their aspirations for their future education,” said Dr. Ulises Ricoy, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology at Northern New Mexico College.
“Through such experiences, students will learn that they can become scientists, and any effort to increase diversity in the STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math) workforce will ultimately strengthen the well-being of the country.”  
Other Northern students will be doing research at Michigan State University, 
University of Arizona in Tuscon, University of Texas at El Paso, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Valles Caldera and others.