Priscyla Marquez, NMSU Civil Engineering alumna, was awarded the 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Marquez graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering last May and began her graduate studies in environmental engineering at the University of Texas at Austin this semester.
At NMSU, Marquez was an undergraduate research assistant in the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) for three years. In the CBBG project, she worked on the experimental and numerical simulations for the development of a microbially enhanced iron-modified zeolite permeable reactive barrier, mentored by CE professor Lambis Papelis.
Based on this research, Marquez received first-place for her technical paper and presentation at the ASCE Regional Student Conference in spring 2019. Additionally, Marquez presented this work at the 2020 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
During her undergraduate studies, Marquez participated in the New Mexico AMP’s Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Program at NMSU and the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at North Caroline State University.
Marquez served as Vice President and President of the NMSU Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as well as an officer of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society. Marquez was also an S-STEM Scholar at NMSU and was recognized in the Dean’s List and Crimson Scholar List every year.