NMSU PREP Academy awards engineering scholarships to New Mexico students

WRITER: Tracey O’Neil575-646-7852traceyo@nmsu.edu

The New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the 2017 NM PREP High School Academy June 18-30. The NM PREP program provides diverse, high-achieving middle and high school students the opportunity to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

Participants in this two-week residential program are exposed to the engineering design process, applied use of engineering software, advanced manufacturing using 3-D printers, and receive experience implementing their newly learned engineering skills on real-world projects. Students lived in the NMSU campus dorms, participated in a variety of social and leadership activities and field trips.

Luis Duran, an 11th-grade student from El Dorado High School in El Paso, received the “Outstanding Student Leadership Award” for his work ethic and dedication to leading his peers through the successful completion of assignments and projects throughout the program.

Kyle Jones, an 11th-grade student from Farmington High School and Christina Shank, an 11th-grade student from Santa Rosa High School, were both selected for the “2017 Dean’s Award.” These students embraced the spirit of NM PREP by actively engaging in all STEM activities and encouraged their peers along the way.

All three students were selected based on their performance inside and outside of the classroom during the course of the program and received a $500 scholarship to attend the College of Engineering at NMSU.

NM PREP is provided at no-cost to program participants and is supported through corporate sponsorships from Sandia National Labs/Lockheed Martin; Chevron Corp.; Western Refining, Inc.; Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture; New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, and Las Cruces Public Schools. The program was taught by NMSU engineering faculty, who donated their time to work with participants.

For more information, contact Program Manager Tracey O’Neil at 575-646-7852 or email at engr-nm@nmsu.edu.

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