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Opportunities for Students - Gain Experience!

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Museum Class 2014 at Museum of Southwestern Biology

The NMSU Wildlife Museum offers a range of opportunities for students to gain experience working in a natural history museum. Besides paid position, there are several other ways students can gain experience, learn about museums, and help the NMSU Wildlife Museum.

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Museum Assistants

Undergraduate Museum Assistants

Adam Baca, Sophomore, Wildlife Major

Justin Hebert, Sophomore, Wildlife Major

Joseph Youtz, Sophomore, Wildlife Major

Graduate Assistant Curator

Liberty Hightower served as a Graduate Assistant Curator during Spring and Summer 2014. She was a tremendous asset in helping to get the museum back on its feet. However, she is moving on to new endeavors at a Laboratory Assistant at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. We wish Liberty success in her new museum position. Congratulations Liberty!

Museum Affiliates

Brian Small, Graduate Student, Wildlife

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College Credit

In 2014 the museum instituted a new educational program whereby students can enroll in classes to learn about natural history museums or to work as an intern in the Wildlife Museum. Please talk to the curator, Dr. Frey, if you are interested in one of these classes.

FWCE 470 The Natural History Museum in Modern Society

Credits: 3 Prerequisite: BIOL 111G BIOL111GL

Introduction to the role of natural history museums in modern society, including basic research, public education, service, and applied research in biodiversity conservation. Emphasis on experiential learning. Includes paper discussions, laboratory activities, required full-day Friday field trips, and a term project.

FWCE 472 Wildlife Museum Internship

Credits: 1-6 Prerequisite BIOL 111G and BIOL111GL

Substantial directed work experience in various functions of the wildlife natural history museum developed by the student in consultation with the faculty curator. Internships may involve aspects of collection development and management, public education programs, or other related museum activities. Internship must be approved by the faculty curator.

The following courses may be appropriate for students that wish to develop a museum-based independent research project.

FWCE 448 Undergraduate Problems

Credits: 1-3 Prerequisite 18 credits in FWCE

Individual investigations in fishery or wildlife science. Maximum 3 credits per semester and a grand total of 6 credits. Consent of instructor required.

FWCE 548 Graduate Problems

Credits: 1-3

Individual studies in fishery and wildlife sciences. Maximum of 3 credits per semester. No more than 6 credits of this course and FWCE 598, combined, toward a degree.

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Museum Volunteers

The Wildlife Museum uses volunteers to help with a range of museum functions, including specimen preparation, working in the collections, assisting with the public outreach education program, and research. This is a great way to gain experience. Many times, volunteer positions ultimately lead to paid positions. Volunteers must sign a contract that commits to at least 10 hours per week for at least one semester. Students interested in becoming a Museum Volunteer should make an appointment with the curator, Dr. Frey, in order to discuss your interests and goals.

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