We’ve slowly been introducing you to the staff here at the WRC. But what about the students who visit our center daily?
The Women’s Resource Center seeks to provide students with the tools they need to be successful. These tools include a computer lab with Mac computers and free printing, coffee and tea every day, and resources concerning any topic you can think of. Throughout the school semester (and even during the summer) we have regular students who spend an hour or two here every day or so, working on assignments, studying, and contributing to the community that we are encouraging here at the WRC.
One student just recently presented her research project for the McNair Research Opportunity Program. Kristi Rendon frequents the center, bringing with her peer and advisors from her cohort to study and work on their research projects. Kristin is studying Community Health Education at UNM, and her research project as part of the McNair/ROP was titled “Health Impacts from US Nuclear Testing and Mining of Radioactive Materials: Pneumoconiotic Patterns Among New Mexico Uranium Miners”. The McNair/ROP is an opportunity for undergraduate students to complete research in order to be better prepared for graduate school and doctoral studies. Students are paired with faculty mentors who contribute experience and support towards the students’ research.
Kristin explains that her favorite part of being in the McNair/ROP is the close community of scholars that develops, because every student is faced with the same task of conducting research throughout the summer. Because of the nature of the program, the scholars develop strong support relationships.
A few weeks ago Kristi gave a presentation on her research, which is sampled at the end of this post. In October there will also be a conference for the McNair/ROP scholars in the UNM Student Union Building (SUB). We can’t wait to support Kristi and her cohort, and hope you might do the same!