New Mexico Student Receives IRIS Science Award

The Second Annual IRIS Science Award at Socorro High School was given to Kristen Royal on May 7, 2008. The award consisted of a certificate signed by IRIS Board Chair Susan Beck of the University of Arizona and IRIS Consortium President David Simpson and was accompanied by a $500 check.. Richard Aster, Principal Investigator of the IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center and Professor of Geophysics at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology presented the award on behalf of IRIS at a ceremony at Socorro High School. The IRIS Science Award recipient is selected each year by the science faculty at Socorro High School, in association with Dr. Aster, to honor a graduating senior who has demonstrated exceptional aptitude and career interest in science. Ms. Royal, a national honor society member, will be continuing her education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where she intends to major in wildlife biology with a minor in music performance.