Contact Info

NMSU-HHMI Program Director, Dr. Michèle Shuster,

NMSU-HHMI Program-Co Director, Dr. Tim Wright,

NMSU-HHMI Program Coordinator, Anja Hansen,


Office Hours: MWF 10:00 am -12:00 pm and TR 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, Foster Hall, rm 203


The NMSU Biology Department with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is increasing persistence in science by nurturing students’ interest in science and providing support for them to succeed in their majors.This is accomplished by:

  • enhancing NMSU biology courses to incorporate a research-based component,
  • by providing in and out of classroom support to students through peer instructors and peer advisers, and
  • by offering undergraduate research opportunities.


Biology Seminar Speaker Series Fall 2020



Virus Evolution Seminar Series Fall 2020



Online workshop series dedicated to helping NMSU students apply to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)







Research Scholars Graduation Fall 2019

Shellby Tacheney and Mentor Eric Scholljegerdes

Xavier Jimenez and Mentor Immo Hansen

Rosalba Marquez and Mentor Donovan Bailey

Monica Cordova and Mentor Gary Roemer

Program Director Michèle Shuster and Co-Director Tim Wright

Luke Sanchez and Mentor Jennifer Curtiss

Kevin Cisneros and Mentor Graciela Unguez

Julia Yescas and Mentor Emily Indriolo

Jordan Gass and Mentor Kathy Hanley

Jackelyn Rocha and Mentor Amanda Ashley


Concepcion Sanchez and Mentor Jessica Houston

Chad Erickson and Ramesh Chinnasami









Alejandra Cobos and Mentor Emily Indriolo

All Research Scholars and Chancellor Dan Arvizu