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Dana Nez, former SCCORE participant, serves as a role model for local Native American students.

ConferenceDana Nez, former SCCORE participant, is Miss Native American NMSU for 2011-12.
ConferenceDana participated in the 2008 SCCORE Symposium.

Dana Nez, geology major at NMSU who participated in the 2008 New Mexico AMP Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience (SCCORE) program, was recently selected as Miss Native American NMSU for 2011-2012. Criteria for the competition included knowledge of traditional culture, public speaking abilities, and ability to serve as a positive role model for American Indian students. In her new role, Dana will assist student organizations, go on recruiting trips, and help educate school-children about American Indian culture.

Dana is interested in helping to increase the number of Native American students at NMSU and wants to promote Native American student organizations, like the Native American Business Students Association in which Dana is involved. She attended the recent American Indian Business Leaders National Conference in nix and won awards. Dana also attended the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) Seventh Annual National Training Conference in Uncasville, CT in June, 2010. SAIGE promotes the recruitment, hiring, retention, development, and advancement of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the government workforce.

In addition, Dana participated in the Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) in summer 2010, a program that offers students of sovereign American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian nations the opportunity to build leadership skills while interning in Washington, DC. As a WINS participant, Dana gained important professional work experience.

As a 2008 SCCORE participant, Dana served as a research assistant to faculty mentor, Dr. Chris Cramer, Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture on a research project entitled "Fusarium Basal Rot: Breeding for Disease Resistance." At the time of Dana's application to the SCCORE program, Dana attended UNM-Gallup. She then attended Doņa Ana Community College, from which she transferred to NMSU-Main campus. After obtaining the B.S. in geology, Dana plans to attend graduate school and concentrate on researching connections between geological records and Native American stories, history, and cultural knowledge.

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