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Northern Awarded NSF Grant to Expand Student Research

Española, NM– The National Science Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Dr. Jorge Crichigno of Northern New Mexico College’s Information Engineering Technology program to create a storage system for student and faculty research data.


The funding comes as part of NSF’s EPSCoR program – Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research – Whose aim is to “Strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education.”

“Funding for projects is competitive and granted based on the intellectual merit and broader impact of the proposal,” Crichigno said. His proposal, “A Storage Area Network to Enhance the Capacity of Northern’s Undergraduate STEM Research and Training Experiences,” will allow students and faculty to engage in complex research such as high-resolution solar energy characterization, high-throughput RNA-sequence analysis, fluid dynamics and more.

Northern plans to develop remote undergraduate research experiences and online courses in conjunction with the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative, which includes six regional public school districts.

Dr. Crichigno will lead the project and work jointly with STEM faculty and Northern’s IT Department to carry out these activities.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Jorge Crichigno
Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate
Española, NM 87532
(505) 747-5429





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