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Former Northern New Mexico College AMP Undergraduate Research Assistant progresses toward the Ph.D. and entrance into a profession focused on nuclear energy.

Conference John Auxier, former Northern New Mexico College Undergraduate Research Assistant is working toward the Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry.

John Auxier, former Northern New Mexico College undergraduate research assistant (URA), is currently attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is working toward a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. John is a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant and also holds a graduate intern position at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he also worked as an undergraduate assistant.

During his undergraduate years, John served as a URA at Northern New Mexico College, where he earned the Associates of Science in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics in 2009. John also participated in the community college conference stipend program. At NNMC, he was President of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Student Chapter, Vice-President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and he was selected to be a member of the All-USA Academic Team for Junior Colleges in 2008.

John later earned the B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Adams State College in 2010. His research experience includes attendance at the 2009 ACS/DOE Summer Schools in Nuclear and Radiochemistry at San Jose State University, an undergraduate six-week intensive course sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. John's future plans are to complete the Ph.D. and obtain a post-doc appointment at a national laboratory. He would like to direct his career to specifically address the growing needs of energy by contributing in the areas of nuclear energy, both in the development of reactors fuels and improving the fuel cycle, and he would like to work in the areas of non-proliferation, such as neutron detection.

The value of New Mexico AMP to this student is reflected in his own words: "The AMP/Conference at NMSU was excellent experience in learning how to make a poster, learn valuable skills for presenting one's work with peers and colleagues in the area of research, and in general, gaining a valuable experience in learning how to maximize one's time."

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