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New Mexico State University
New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation
College of Engineering

Graduate Opportunities

New Mexico State University (NMSU), with the support and collaboration of its Alliance partners, the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMIMT), serves as the site for the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Program. The project is directed to LSAMP students who have completed the B.S. degree in a targeted STEM discipline and have identified the Ph.D. as their educational goal. Targeted STEM disciplines include engineering, chemistry, physics, mathematics, geology, and computer science. The Bridge to the Doctorate program supports these students through the first two years of graduate study at NMSU. Students have access to a variety of project components, including financial support, faculty-mentored research, professional development workshops, assistance in preparation for the Ph.D. qualifying exam, involvement with the New Mexico AGEP Program, a graduate seminar, and other support elements.

The goals of the New Mexico AMP Bridge to the Doctorate program are to produce highly qualified Ph.D. candidates at the end of the two-year project period and to track these studentsí academic progress and professional development through the Ph.D. and into the professoriate and/or the professional STEM workforce. To support this goal, the following objectives have been established:

1) Increase student awareness of the opportunities at the Ph.D. level;
2) Provide necessary and adequate financial support;
3) Prepare students for the academic and non-academic requirements of graduate study;
4) Foster self-confidence and self-direction with mentorships in research-intensive activities;
5) Provide a seminar course offering an organized, institutionalized opportunity for reflection, collaboration, and networking with other graduate students and faculty mentors;
6) Develop a structured evaluation and student tracking effort that builds on current New Mexico AMP and New Mexico AGEP evaluation and assessment activities.

Students wishing information about the Bridge to the Doctorate Program should contact the Project Director, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez, (575) 646-1847, or Reanna Aguilar, Student Programs Coordinator, (575) 646-1847, or email

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