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Engineering student, Aggie soccer midfielder earns top honors

A May 2020 graduate, Jessica McDow won the undergraduate poster presentation at the 31st Rio Grande Symposium on Advanced Materials in Albuquerque in fall 2019. She completed her chemical engineering bachelor’s degree after playing four seasons for the Aggie women’s soccer team.

“This is a clear testament that we have many excellent student-athletes at NMSU, and Jessica is one of the best,” says NMSU President John Floros.

Additionally, the Albuquerque native conducted a telecommuting internship at Sandia National Laboratories while balancing her coursework and soccer responsibilities.

“My mentors at Sandia have been understanding of what I have on my plate and were able to work with my schedule which helped out a lot. It’s all about time management and willing to sacrifice things that most people wouldn’t,” McDow says.

McDow plans to pursue a Ph.D. in material sciences and engineering.