PhD Student Receives First Place Poster Award

December 4, 2017

Carmen A. Velasco, a second-year PhD student in Civil Engineering advised by Dr. José Cerrato, received the First Place Student Poster Award at the 5th New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS) Symposium which took place in Albuquerque, NM, on November 4, 2017. This Symposium is organized by the New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS) and its partners, the New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR), the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (NM AMP) and the University of New Mexico Center for Water & the Environment. Oral and poster presentations at the Symposium described scientific research being conducted by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty at New Mexico’s colleges and universities. The event included participants from New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech, New Mexico Highlands University, Eastern New Mexico University and The University of New Mexico. The mission of the New Mexico Academy of Science is to serve the state of New Mexico and its communities by publishing science and science education materials, giving recognition for contributions to science and science education, fostering scientific cooperation, raising public awareness of the importance of science and science education, and providing advice on matters related to science and science education. This year´s symposium focused on research related to water, energy and environment. Carmen's research is supported by EPSCOR and Dr. Jose Cerrato´s NSF Career Award.

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Student Poster Presentation Awardees, NMAS 2017 Research Symposium.

From left to right: Jon Golla (UNM, 2nd place graduate), Holly Olivarez (UNM, 1st place undergraduate), Samantha Ceballes (NMSU, 2nd place undergraduate), Allie Arning (NMT, 3rd place undergraduate), and Carmen A. Velasco (UNM, 1st place graduate).