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New Mexico State University

STEM Award of Excellence 2010–2011

For the 2010-2011 academic year, PRIMOS gave 7 students the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Award of Excellence to recognize and reward these students for taking a rigorous curriculum. In giving this Award of Excellence, we hope to feed the aspirations and motivation of other students to choose a major in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and to reinforce the commitment of current STEM students to complete their degrees.

Press release

Last year (2010-2011 academic year) seven students were awarded the STEM Award of Excellence, sponsored by the Partnership for Retention and Improvement of Meaningful Opportunities in STEM (PRIMOS), to recognize and award them for taking a rigorous STEM curriculum, as well as to help stimulate the aspirations and motivation of other students to do likewise. All these students stand out among their peers, as their experiences vary from fighting wildland fires to interning at places like the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Some of them are presidents of campus organizations, some are earning triple majors, and some have spoken at conferences all over the country. Their nominating faculty members all talked about their drive and how they are "focused on trying to make the most of [their] education," wrote Dr. Anthony Hyde, Professor and Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center Director, about Caleb Sokoll, Junior in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Students who received the Award of Excellence include:

The Award of Excellence has allowed all of these students to focus more on their academics. Senior in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, Stacey Aguayo, states that the award has allowed her to "focus more on studies, which allowed [her] to excel during the semester." adding that it also helped her “handle many obstacles ... this semester (car troubles, gas crisis) and still have a little extra to pay off student loans."

These seven students received $500 per semester for two semesters in which they were a full-time student pursuing a bachelor degree in a STEM field with a 3.0 minimum GPA. Students also had to be nominated by a faculty member.

For more information on each student and their nominating mentor, please click on the student's name.

PRIMOS is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education.