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New Mexico State University Students



Graduated December 2016

Michael Canton

MAJOR:  Master’s Wildlife Science

HOMETOWN:  Warwick, Rhode Island

I am from the Ocean State, where it is not uncommon to participate in a variety of water sports.  In fact, I am an avid freshwater and saltwater fisherman, diver, and canoeist.  Additionally, the plentiful snow in New England provides great snowboarding opportunities for me.

As a University of Rhode Island (URI) graduate, I am entering NMSU’s Fish and Wildlife Science master’s program to further pursue my academic career in aquatic studies.  By obtaining my degree and eventually my doctorate, I will be able to engage in researching a wide range of important topics, including ecological and aquaculture studies and fishery management applications.  My past research experiences have prepared me to attend graduate school to ultimately realize my aspiration as a future NOAA scientist.


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Graduated December 2016

Denisse Lopez

MAJOR:  Master in Family and Consumer Sciences

HOMETOWN:  El Paso, Texas

I born in Huntington Park, LA but I growth in Mexico in Culiacan Sinaloa. The best thing about growing up in a town that is mostly Ag related is that I developed a great admiration for the Agriculture industry, I have two kids and my hobbies are read a good book, and know new places, and the most important thing is spend time with my family, my kids and my husband. I really enjoy learning and taking on different aspects of what is taught. I enjoy doing research and helping others with my researching capabilities.
My goals are to complete my master’s degree in New Mexico State University and pursue a related career with a USDA division. or to obtain my Ph.D.


Maria Cuellar           Graduate Student     

Major:  Master’s in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Food Science and Technology

Hometown:  El Paso, Texas

About me:

I was born in El Paso, Texas but I grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Since I was young, I developed a curiosity for understanding the role of food in our health. After graduating from my Bachelor’s in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, I realized that my inquiry for understanding the whole food system was going to be a lifelong journey. On my spare time, I enjoy reading mostly books related to the food industry and nutrition but I do often succumb to great fiction novels. I use running as self-medication and consider my family to be the strongest source of motivation.

Career Aspirations:

My life plan includes being part of the solution to the agricultural problem the whole world is facing: feeding the increasing population. I aim to dedicate my time doing research that will helps us to efficiently use our resources in order to provide safe and nutritious food to feed the world.

Jorge Galarza      Graduate Student

Major: M.S. Food Science

Hometown: El Paso, TX

About me:

I spent my early years growing up like any other kid would. My mother was a teacher assistant and my father worked as a truck driver for a petroleum company. Seeing both of my parents waking up at 4:00am every single day taught me hard work and dedication. Therefore, hard work and dedication were implanted into my brain from a very young age. Any time I am faced with a challenge that requires me to master a certain trait, I have no problem working hard to fully accomplish my goal. On the other hand, my love for agriculture began the moment I visited my uncle’s ranch in Mexico. He would grow acres and acres of alfalfa to the point where you could not see the end of the plantation. In that ranch my uncle had everything he needed to sustain a family for a couple of lifetimes. He would also let me do some work around the ranch, from feeding the animals and riding horses, to driving a tractor. My uncle would always say “if you take care of the soil, the soil will take care of you”.

Career Aspirations:

I am currently enrolled in New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico in the Food Science Master’s program. I will be graduating in December of 2018 and currently pursuing my Master’s degree. After I have completed my Master’s program I would like to work directly with the USDA and would like to eventually help people by being able to find out a way to produce more food in less time; therefore, making food products more readily available and at a better price because of a higher supply. I plan on starting my Doctorate in August of 2019 in the same field of study.


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Graduated December 2016

Vanessa Gabriella Martinez

MAJOR:  MS in Family and Consumer Science with an emphasis in Community nutrition/ Nutritional Anthropology

HOMETOWN:  Albuquerque, New Mexico


My name is Vanessa Martinez; I’m originally from Albuquerque, NM and now reside in Las Cruces, NM where I’m student at New Mexico State University. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and Community Development in December 2014 and began my first year of graduate school in 2015. When not pressed between work and school, I’m either out working my garden or out in nature and working to preserve it. I also enjoy volunteering and giving my time to others.


Presently I’m working towards a MS in Family and Consumer Science with a focus in community nutrition and nutritional anthropology. With my agricultural background, I aspire to address food security and its relation to the hunger obesity paradox in S. New Mexico by building community capacity through environmental education. I want to see how this will impact youth food selection and nutritional awareness. My career aspirations are to continue to work to solve food insecurity and assure that all people have access to health and wellbeing through food.