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Northern's ASPIRe Program

Northern's ASPIRe Program

Northern’s Program – ASPIRe – is funded by The National Science Foundation’s Undergraduate Division. This prestigious foundation has recently awarded Northern New Mexico College nearly $300K for three years, and a continuing grant of $99K for five years.

ASPIRe PROGRAM - ADVANCING STEM PERFORMANCE, INNOVATION and RETENTION. ASPIRe will provide up to 50 NNMC students and 70 secondary students annually with skills enhancement and retention support. This program evolved from successful – though limited and asystemic – STEM efforts at NNMC.

The program supports both the STEM Summer Camp and the retention of STEM Academy students while adding resources for college freshmen and sophomores who are at-risk in the STEM fields of study. ASPIRe focuses on mentoring and tutoring as key components of retention. ASPIRe students may receive a stipend that will go directly to his student account within the college. This stipend may be used to cover tuition, fees and/or books. ASPIRe students may be chosen for stipends in research and lab maintenance, or tutoring and mentoring.

Eligibility Requirements
To qualify the student must be majoring in a STEM field(*) or Associates in General Studies or in non-degree (undeclared) status participate in all ASPIRe Program components and be judged at-risk of non-completion of her/his STEM degree.

(*) Stem field at NNMC includes: Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, and Environmental Sciences. If you are not sure of eligibility please contact the STEM Program Director.

Guidelines for Application
Applicant must:

  1. Be a current college freshmen or sophomore in non-declared major status, or be at-risk of not completing a STEM degree.

Those students who are accepted into the ASPIRe program will be notified within 10 business days from the date the application is received by the STEM Coordinator.

Post-Acceptance Requirements
After acceptance, each ASPIRe student must:

  1. Participate in mentoring/tutoring and/or research/lab maintenance.

Contact Us

For further question please contact:
STEM Program Coordinator, Charles Knight, or
STEM Program Administrative Assistant, Dolores Salazar, at (505) 747-5425, or
STEM Program Director, Dr. Ivan Lopez, at (505) 747-2264.

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