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Discovery Scholars Program (DSP)

The Discovery Scholars Program (DSP) was founded in 2014 as an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU. In Fall 2023, it is transferring to the Conroy Honors College to build upon its success and begin to recruit students from all colleges to participate. DSP aims to nurture undergraduate discovery through research with faculty mentors and encouraging students to continue their education in graduate or professional school. Any undergraduate who is engaged in scholarship with faculty guidance outside of regular class activities can join the program as a DSP Scholar. While working to complete milestones on their project, DSP Scholars also identify and work toward the completion of different professional development goals, which DSP celebrates along the way.

Our Services

All About DSP

Whether you are interested in joining as a scholar or mentor, or you have already joined DSP, you can learn more about the program by clicking the links below.

Information for Potential Scholars

Thinking about becoming a Discovery Scholar but don't know where to start? Find out more on this site!

Meet Our Current Scholars

Want to learn more about the sort of projects DSP supports? Check out some of our current scholars for inspiration!

Publications and Proceedings

Many DSP scholars present their work at conferences and some publish papers. Check them out here!

Information for Current Scholars

Please use this link to update us as you complete your DSP milestones and professional development goals.


"No matter what [...] your passions are, research is a tool to go beyond the textbook, beyond the classroom, and the Discovery Scholars Program gets the conversation started."

Luke Sanchez

Biology Scholar

Ready to apply?

Application to DSP is free and easy! In consultation with your faculty mentor, you will identify a scholarly project, the steps needed to complete it, and what professional development goals are right for you. When you are ready to apply, click the link below and tell us about your project!

There is no deadline! Applications are reviewed as they are received and you will hear back from us within 1 week.

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