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CNM Students Take First, Second and Third Place at STEM Research Poster Competition

October 18, 2017 -- Three CNM students took first, second and third places in a recent STEM research poster presentation at this year’s New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (NM-AMP) Student Research Conference in the category for two-year colleges.

Oct 18, 2017

The CNM winners were

  • Holly Olivarez, first place, poster title "Climate Variability in the Southwest United States over the Last 2,500 Years." Her mentor was Dr. Yemane Asmerom in the University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
  • Laura Brown, second place, poster title "Immobilizing Arthrospira platensis in Alginate Beads to Become A Viable Food Source For Long-term Space Missions.” Her mentor was Dr. Dave Hanson in the UNM Biology Department.

  • Brianna Green, third place, poster title "Analysis of Uranium and Co-occurring Metals in Water and Soil from Laguna Pueblo, N.M.” Her mentors were Dr. Abdul-Medhi from the UNM Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Dr. Jose Cerrato from the UNM Department of Civil Engineering.

They were among seven CNM students who participated in the NM-AMP SCCORE program, which involved doing a research project at a four-year New Mexico university over the summer, presenting their findings in a poster session at the schools where they did their research and at the October statewide research conference. The other CNM students who participated were Bianca Serda, Jaaeden Sandoval, Estancia Jean Charles and Andrew Grey.

“Many of these students are continuing with internships this fall at UNM because their mentors were so impressed with them," said Heather Fizgerald, CNM NM-AMP institutional coordinator. 

Over the past four years, 23 CNM students have been awarded research experiences through the NM-AMP partnership, and 18 have received transfer scholarships through the organization.

NM-AMP is a statewide partnership of universities and colleges that has a goal to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who successfully complete their bachelor's degrees in the STEM disciplines. The organization supports students through a broad range of activities, including an Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS), the Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience (SCCORE), the New Mexico AMP Transfer program and an annual Community College Professional Development Workshop series offered in conjunction with a student conference.

CNM students Serda, Green, Olivarez, Brown, Sandoval and Charles partnered with professors at the University of New Mexico in the Engineering, Geology and Biology departments. Grey partnered with an Engineering professor at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech). They all received a stipend to carry out their research at the universities for four weeks in the summer and present their findings at the statewide conference.