NIH renews STEM program for 5 years

NMSU’s RISE to the Postdoctorate Program has generated nearly two decades of success in supporting underrepresented minority students to earn advanced degrees in biomedical fields. Building on that success, the National Institutes of Health has renewed NMSU’s grant for five more years with $3.6 million to expand the program in innovative ways by engaging NMSU students in integrated biology and engineering research.

Principal investigators Igor Sevostianov, mechanical engineering professor, Lakshmi Reddi, College of Engineering dean, and Michele Nishiguchi, Regents professor and biology department head, are working together to develop new interdisciplinary courses that draw between engineering and biological science disciplines.

NMSU’s RISE 5 program targets underrepresented minorities with a fellowship that covers their salary, paid health insurance, travel funds to attend national meetings to present their research, as well as funds to participate in summer programs at  national R1 universities. The Carnegie ranks R1 universities as those with the highest levels of research activity.

Minerva Baumann ’13