Elizabeth Fernandez Named Macey Scholar
by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M. April 8, 2003 -- Elizabeth Rose Fernandez, a senior
majoring in physics with an astrophysics option at New Mexico
Tech, was named a 2002-2003 Macey Scholar at the state-supported
research university. The honor included a $5,000 scholarship
Fernandez, the daughter of Joe and Rose Fernandez of Albuquerque,
is a graduate of St. Pius X High School.
Last summer, Fernandez was chosen to participate in the National
Science Foundation's prestigious Research Experiences
for Undergraduates program and performed research for three months
at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy.
Fernandez's other research experiences also include two summer
internships at the Starfire Optical Range, developing and
testing a GPS system used in observing pulsars, and a six-month
stint operating and observing at Capilla Peak Observatory.
Fernandez, who has maintained a 3.9 grade-point-average (out
of a possible 4.0) at New Mexico Tech, is a member of Sigma Pi
Sigma, the national honor society for physics students, and also
lists memberships in the American Astronomical Society and the
American Physical Society.
She also is an active member of the New Mexico Tech Astronomy
Club and the university's Ballroom Dance Club.
In addition to her studies and research activities, Fernandez
also is the founder and past president of the New
Mexico Tech Creative Writing Club and is an accomplished poet,
having won the annual campus-wide poetry writing contest three
times in the past four years.
"I have enjoyed my time at New Mexico Tech," Fernandez
says. "The faculty at Tech are friendly, and I particularly
small-school atmosphere of the university. . . . You get to develop
very close friendships in the time you are here."
New Mexico Tech students named Macey Scholars are selected
on the basis of their demonstrated academic accomplishments, both
in the classroom and research laboratory, as well as their active
participation in institutional service and co-curricular activities.
The Macey Scholars Program is funded by an endowment established
by William B. and Jean M. Macey of Albuquerque and Tucson. William
Macey graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines (as New Mexico
Tech was known in its early years) in 1942, and also was awarded
an honorary doctorate by Tech in 1984.