Santa Fe Event Highlights Graduate Programs in N.M.

SANTA FE, N.M. February 5, 2016 – New Mexico Tech will be well represented in Santa Fe on Graduate Education Day in Santa Fe this year, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9.

University educators and students from around New Mexico will hold a special Graduate Education Day at the Roundhouse.

Nine students from different graduate programs at Tech will have research posters on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Halls of History in the Roundhouse on Friday. They will be joined by graduate students from the other five universities in New Mexico.

The event is intended to bring more attention to the importance of graduate education and research to the economy and workforce in New Mexico.

Dr. Daniel H. Lopez, President of the Council of University Presidents and President of New Mexico Tech in Socorro, said this sort of event is important to draw attention to a vital segment of higher education.

“Graduate education is the key to discovery,” Lopez said. “And discovery is what advances knowledge. That, in turn, allows us to remain globally competitive in New Mexico.”

Throughout the day, graduate students will be available to talk to legislators, employers, the press, and the public. Students will be participating from all six state universities that offer graduate programs: Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Tech, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico, and Western New Mexico University.

New Mexico Tech’s Dr. Lorie Liebrock, president of the N.M. Council of Graduate Deans, said this special event is intended to draw attention to the need for graduate education and its impact on New Mexico. Liebrock said she helped launch this event in 2015 because many people aren’t aware of how many jobs in N.M. and the nation require advanced degrees and how graduate student research helps drive innovation. 

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