The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) at New Mexico State University recently awarded undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to five Arts and Sciences students at the University of New Mexico totaling $40,000.

Students receiving fellowships and scholarships include:

• Benjamin Cowen, Albuquerque, N.M.
Benjamin, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “Radiation Damage of Spacecraft Structure Materials using Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

• Suzanne Gordon, Winchester, Va.
Suzanne, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, was awarded $5,000 for her research titled “Igneous formation of the martian surface.

• Ara Kooser, Albuquerque, N.M.
Ara, a Ph.D. student at the University of New Mexico, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled “Secondary Metabolite Gene Analysis of Mars Analog Sites Bacterial Communities.

• Bridget McEwen, Ingelside, Ill.
Bridget, a Ph.D. student at the University of New Mexico, was awarded $10,000 for her research titled “Characterizing the Sites of Hadronic Cosmic Ray Acceleration in SNRs.

• Nicholas Rajen, Albuquerque, N.M.
Nicholas, a junior at the University of New Mexico, was awarded $5,000 for his research titled “Improved Design and Construction of Paramagnetic Refrigerants for Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerators Used in Spaced Based Astronomy.

The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program which is administered by NASA. NMSGC fellowships and scholarships are competitively awarded based on application information, faculty recommendation, GPA, the research project, and its alignment to NASA.