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Bright Star Scholar Program

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources is seeking undergraduate candidates for our Bright Star Scholar Program. This program is a paid internship for NMT students who wish to work with and be mentored by one of our research scientists. Scholars will be paid $15/hour during their internships and can receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. These internships offer flexible hours and can extend into the summer. Employment can be in any area of NMBGMR specialization or service. Currently, there is sufficient funding for three internships per year through 2021.

Prospective scholars should send a letter indicating a focus area of interest to:

Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

Since our inception in 1927, we have supported students at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources. For many students, the work they did in our laboratories, or in the field with our research scientists, provided a solid foundation for their future careers. One such former student, Dr. Raul Deju, worked with Bureau scientist Dr. Roshan Bhappu and credits this support for allowing his success at New Mexico Tech (NMT) and with launching his career. Dr. Deju was mentored by Dr. Bhappu for a number of years as an undergraduate and they were co-authors on a number of peer-reviewed papers, and later, two books. In appreciation, Deju donated seed funding for the Bright Star Scholar Program, that we hope other alumni will consider supporting (see below). Of Dr. Roshan Bhappu and this internship program, Dr. Deju wrote: "His kindness, his intellect and his desire to help people like me basically helped me do the same with other younger students and is truly the reason we funded the Bright Stars program."

Alumni or other supporters of NMT or the Bureau of Geology are encouraged to support the Bright Star Scholar Program. Internships can be named in honor or in memorium if requested. Donations can be made through the NMT Office of Advancement donation form(use the "Designation" dropdown menu to select the "Bright Star Scholars Fund").

9 December, 2021