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MESA Students Visit New Mexico Tech, Nov. 21, 2008

by Thomas Guengerich

SOCORRO, N.M., Nov. 21, 2008 – New Mexico MESA students from across New Mexico take part in field trips at New Mexico Tech in November.

About 100 students from Albuquerque, Belen, Los Lunas, Socorro and Las Cruces visited Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 18, to acquire firsthand knowledge about the science and engineering university in Socorro. About 100 more MESA students from Española, Roswell, Las Vegas and Santa Rosa will repeat the orientation on November 25.

Tech’s emphasis in science and engineering education and research are central to the core mission of MESA, which is to “empower and motivate New Mexico’s culturally diverse students with science, technology, engineering and math enrichment.”

Tech is providing an admission presentation, as well as department breakout sessions and demonstrations in Earth and Environmental Science, Materials Engineering and Chemical Engineering during the morning session. A self guided campus tour is offered for the afternoon session.

Former MESA students currently attending NM Tech shared some insight about why they selected NM Tech as the college of their choice.

“I am excelling in my math and science classes at NM Tech. This is directly related to MESA because it is this organization that has given me my love of science and math. It is because of MESA that I am where I am today.”

Another said, “I am currently enrolled at NM Tech as a freshman and plan to major in Mechanical Engineering. MESA has prepared me for this experience by teaching me how to work hard to reach a goal and reminding me of the importance of teamwork.”

These field trips are just part of the continuing partnership between MESA and Tech. Past events held by MESA at the Tech campus include Teacher Professional Development and student academic competitions and leadership. MESA also sponsored 40 students who attended the summer Mini-Course at Tech.

For more information about MESA, contact program coordinator Anita Gallegos at 1-505-454-3027 or 505-718-9517.

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