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Mark Andersen has been named associate dean of New Mexico State University's Honors College. As part of his appointment, he will also serve as director of the college's Office of National Scholarships and International Education.
"Dr. Andersen brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the directorship of ONSIE, including having taught proposal writing and research methods at the graduate and undergraduate levels," said Bill Eamon, dean of the Honors College. "We are delighted to have him leading this critical effort in the Honors College."
Andersen, a professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, has been on the faculty at NMSU since 1994. His duties as director of ONSIE will include advising and guiding undergraduate students applying for prestigious scholarships and fellowships such as Rhodes, Marshall and Goldwater scholarships.
"NMSU has a strong track record of helping students to achieve their educational goals, prepare for lifelong learning and fulfill their potential. This includes both students who struggle and those who excel," Andersen said. "It is exciting to have the opportunity to mentor students who will be competing with outstanding students from across the country for prestigious scholarships."
Andersen has done research on plant-insect interactions, plant dispersal, theoretical ecology, ecology of desert vertebrates and ecological risk assessment. His current research is focused on the effects of climate change on the geographic ranges of North American wildlife. In addition, he has played keyboard with a number of musical groups, most recently with the local classic-rock band Dry Ground.
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