Sophomore Emily Silva Selected For Board of Regents

Sophomore Emily Silva Selected As New Regent

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech sophomore Emily Silva has been selected to be the next member of the Board of Regents. Silva will officially assume her duties once her nomination has been confirmed by Gov. Susana Martinez during the 2017 Legislative Session.

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Emily Silva, new member of the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents

Photo by Drew Furnes

“I was super excited and kind of shocked,” Silva said about learning she’d been chosen. “My intention is to interact more with the students so that I better understand how my vote could positively impact the university and future students.”

Regent Myissa Weiss’ term was from January 2015 to December 2016; however, she will remain a voting member until Silva’s nomination is confirmed. University President Dr. Stephen G. Wells said he looks forward to Silva formally joining the board in the next month or two.

"We had a great field of candidates for the student position on the Board of Regents this year," Wells said. "We had a tough decision, but Emily stood out during the interview process. I look forward to working with her over the next two years."

Dr. Wells praised outgoing Regent Myissa Weiss, who has completed her two year term, and was recently accepted into medical school.

"It has been a real pleasure working with Regent Weiss and getting to know her," Wells said. "Myissa demonstrated the commitment to New Mexico Tech that we expect from all our board members. I wish her the best in all her future endeavors. I'm sure she'll be successful at anything she tackles in the future."

Silva graduated from Alamogordo High School in 2015. She is majoring in biology, with a minor in chemistry. She hopes to pursue the five-year B.S./M.S. degree and go to medical school.

She is currently the assistant financial office for the Student Government Association. One of her fellow officers encouraged her to apply to be a Regent.

“In my interviews, I talked about the negative communications between students and administration,” Silva said. “I want to work on bridging that gap and working on communication. Often, students don’t know where to go to ask questions. There’s so many things where students can reach out. I hope to fix that.”

Silva was a competitive swimmer for 13 years and worked as a lifeguard the past two summers in Alamogordo. She is currently working as a teaching assistant in the chemistry department, and conducting research with Dr. Siobhan Watkins in the Biology Department.

“I really like chemistry, so it was nice to be a T.A. in a lab class,” she said. “It was a good hands-on experience and I got to tutor, which was cool. Now, I doing research on the soil microbiota of the cannabis plant in Dr. Watkins lab.”

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