Winners!

September 2017 Graduate Student of the Month: Ana C. Lopez

Ana C. Lopez was nominated and selected based on the merit that she currently holds a 4.0 GPA has recently participated as a student panelist for the Domenici Public Policy Conference and due to the work within this capacity was named a Domenici Scholar. She has 3 manuscripts submitted or in progress, where she is the first author to 2 of them, and all are submitted to peer reviewed journals within her specific discipline in Multicultural Special Education. She has 6 peer reviewed posters (at the national, state and local levels) where she is first author of all 6. Ms. Lopez has received awards for Core Value Student Award from the College of Education, The Academic Excellence Award from the Department of Special Education, and Outstanding Graduate Student. In the area of service, Ana’s contributions are Guest speaker in undergraduate course, student representative in departmental search for department head, Volunteer for GRAS, Volunteer for Aggie Experience, and Student Learning Experience in Las Cruces community.

Ana’s experience as a graduate student to date is vast. On a personal note from her mentor, “she is hardworking, committed, kind, and compassionate to her field of study. She is an excellent example of what a graduate student should be here at a research university like NMSU.”

Congratulations Ana! If you know a graduate student you think should be recognized for their work (yourself included) please nominate them by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

 

August 2017 Graduate Student of the Month: Nina Dropcho

Nina Dropcho is a graduate student in the Biology Department at NMSU. She finished her Master of Science (M.S.) degree in May 2017. After receiving her M.S., she taught the Human Anatomy Lab, BIO 353 where she advanced the course with new teaching tools and lab techniques, despite the condensed, fast-paced nature of summer school. She has expanded further on her molecular biology laboratory skills through her time in Dr Yukl’s lab in the Biochemistry Department. She has traveled to Mexico where she gave her first presentation at an international scientific conference. During this time, she received her Advanced SCUBA Diving Certification. She also attended the Annual Gathering of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC). During the conference, Nina presented a Poster about her Master’s research at NMSU. She also participated in a Mentoring Circle program for graduate students, with which she is still involved. She has recently transitioned from being a Master’s student to a PhD student and is excited for new experiences.
Congratulations Nina! If you know a graduate student you think should be recognized for their work (yourself included) please nominate them by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

 

April 2017 Graduate Student of the Month: Maria Elena Salazar

Maria Elena is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. She has spent her academic and professional career working with marginalized populations, including teaching Bilingual Education, Title 1, Special Education preschool, High School Equivalency Program, and Adult Basic Education Language Arts coursework. Her research involves educational issues of rural low Socioeconomic, Latinos, and she utilizes literacy instruction as a means to improve academic experiences and attainment.

Maria Elena has also volunteered as a literacy tutor and on a public library board. After graduation in May, she wants to return to full time work with “at promise” groups, such as students of low SES backgrounds and Native Americans and Latinos of Northern New Mexico.

Congratulations Maria! If you know a graduate student you think should be recognized for their work (yourself included) please nominate them by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

 

March 2017 Graduate Student of the Month: Johanna Esquivel

Johanna Esquivel is a third year PhD student in the curriculum and instruction department. In her time as a doctoral student, Johanna has kept herself on track in the doctoral program and represented NMSU positively in a variety of ways. She has authored and co-authored several academic articles and book chapters, taught several classes including ‘Sheltered English Instruction for the ESL Classroom’ and ‘Second Language Acquisition’, and presented her research on peace, identity, bilingual education, critical discourse analysis, critical media literacy, and second language acquisition at international and national conferences. Last summer, she participated in a Spanish-English cognate vocabulary project where she taught intervention lessons to second and third graders, helped analyze data, and wrote up the project. Johanna continues to distinguish herself and make NMSU proud as she progresses through the doctoral program in Language, Literacy, and Culture within Curriculum and Instruction. She is becoming a true scholar that the faculty in Language, Literacy, and Culture are proud of.

Congratulations Johanna! If you know a graduate student you think should be recognized for their work (yourself included) please nominate them by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.