NMSU Offers Bridges for Students, Faculty

Feb 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 10-3: Distance Education, Tribal College News

Summer research opportunities for students and faculty of New Mexico’s tribal colleges will again be available through New Mexico State University’s “Bridges Program.” Funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Bridges Program focuses on research in the social sciences and humanities, conducted in partnership with four 1994 land-grant tribal colleges: Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Crownpoint Institute of Technology, Institute of American Indian Arts, and Diné Community College at Shiprock. Projects and activities are designed to increase collaboration and cooperation between NMSU and tribal institutions through services that can help two-year tribal college students transfer to four-year universities.

Through Bridges, several first or second year students will be chosen to engage in full-time research conducted under the direction of a special NMSU faculty mentor over a period of 8-10 weeks, corresponding with the university’s regular summer sessions. Past student projects have ranged from computer graphic design studies to a study of the religious history of peoples of the U.S. Southwest.

In addition to opportunities for students, the Bridges Program also offers tribal college faculty opportunities to collaborate with NMSU instructors in specific areas of study. These collaborations offer “hands on” experiences and exposure to new and important ideas that can then be passed along to tribal college students. Research can take place on the NMSU campus or at appropriate field sites. Students will earn a stipend while working on their projects, and both students and faculty receive research expense monies. For more information, visit the Bridges Program web site at: http://www.nmsu.edu/~bridges or contact Gina Klinekole, Project Coordinator of the Kellogg American Indian Bridges Program, c/o Sociology and Anthropology, NMSU, P.O. Box 3001 MSC 3BV, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001. Telephone: (505) 646-3610.

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