NMSU receives more than $4 million in research funding from National Science Foundation

Betsy Stringam, right, professor of hotel, restaurant and tourism management at New Mexico State University, was awarded more than $300,000 for her research project seeking to envision, design and engage in worker-oriented research and training related to the proliferation of automation in the hospitality industry. Stringam works with Pepper the robot, while graduate students Rebecca Skulsky, left, and Harrison Preusse watch the interaction. Stringam’s grant is part of the more than $4 million NMSU faculty and staff have been awarded from NSF in 2021. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)

New Mexico State University is one of six institutions in the state to receive research funding from the National Science Foundation this year. Currently, NMSU has been awarded $4,086,244 to support research projects in areas such as biology, computer science, engineering, environmental science, math and technology. Many of the grants focus on increasing the number of women, Hispanics, Native Americans, and other historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields.  

“NSF funding supports high quality research and results from the efforts of our superb faculty and research scientists,” said Luis Cifuentes, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School. “NMSU aspires to Carnegie R1 ranking; continued success with NSF funding is a key to accomplishing this goal. 

The NSF funding, which supports research and increasing equity and diversity in science, technology, engineering and math, helps NMSU achieve Goal 2 of its LEADS 2025 strategic plan, which focuses on elevating research and creativity. NMSU believes that “all disciplines advance research, scholarship and creative activity, and along with the assets of the state of New Mexico, create a strong foundation for teaching, learning, education, training, innovation and economic development.”

“New Mexico’s public colleges and research universities add tremendous value to our state, helping to position us as national and international leaders in innovation,” New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez said in a press release about the funding. “It is especially important that we empower students from all backgrounds for successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and math with mentorship and research experience during their academic careers.” 

New Mexico State University Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Ehsan Dehghan-Niri received a 2021 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award for his research project involving aye-ayes, an unusual primate from Madagascar. His more than $500,000 grant is part of the more than $4 million NMSU faculty and staff have been awarded from NSF in 2021. (NMSU photo by Vladimir Avina)

NMSU research projects funded include:

Collectively, the six New Mexico colleges and universities have received $43.5 million from NSF. 

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