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NMSU receives funds in support of High School Chemical Olympics Program

New Mexico State University has received funding from two El Paso foundations in support of NMSU's High School Chemical Olympics.

The Moor Foundation granted NMSU $2,000, and the Lizanell and Colbert Coldwell Foundation granted $3,000. Both foundations are supporters of education, science and health initiatives in the El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces area.

The High School Chemical Olympics program, started by NMSU's chemistry and biochemistry department, enhances science education programs in area high schools while providing students an opportunity to evaluate NMSU as an option for continuing their education.

Last spring, more than 100 high school students and 20 teachers from New Mexico and West Texas participated in the program.

The Chemical Olympics Program is a competition amongst participants. The winners of the competition are presented with medals and trophies, while their high schools' science programs are given cash awards for supplies and equipment.

Other sponsors of the program include Bayer Corporation, Southwest Bio Labs, Fisher Scientific, Du Pont de Nemours, Dow Chemical, Yates Petroleum, Burlington Resources, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Science Foundation, the El Paso Energy Foundation and many individuals who are interested in enhancing science education in area schools.

For more information about participating in the program, call Dale Alexander in NMSU's chemistry and biochemistry department at (505) 646-4919. For information about making a contribution to the program, call Rebecca Sellars in NMSU's Development Office at(505) 646-6128.