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Medicinal Plants of the Southwest Project Summer Workshop 2008 

Instruction and lab work will cover general principles in plant science, biochemistry, ethnobotany, cell biology, chemistry, and microbiology, using specific examples from medicinal plants. Discussion groups will also cover scientific ethics Students will work in teams and perform research on a set of medicinal plants from the area. Instructors include faculty and staff from NMSU.

The Summer 2008 Workshop will run for 6 weeks on the NMSU Las Cruces campus, May 27 – July 3, Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Participants in the project will be paid ~$8/hour, and must be eligible for employment in this federally funded program, participants must be US citizens or permanent residents.



Please send completed applications by April 18, 2008  to:

Dr. Mary O'Connell
Plant & Environmental Sciences
MSC 3Q, P.O. Box 30003
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003

OR drop it off on the NMSU campus at:

        • RISE office, Biology Department Office
        • Dr. O'Connell's office, Gerald Thomas Hall Rm 179

ORfax the application to 575 646-4681.

A complete application includes a completed application form, and a current academic transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
Application forms are available on the web


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 RTF (rich text format)


 pdf version



Participation Requirements

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Morning Discussions

Afternoon Research Activities

Week 1

May 27

Introduction - History of Medicinal Plants

Overview of Modern Uses

Plant Anatomy

Technical Writing

Organize Teams

Learning Assistance Self-Testing

Literature research- library and Internet

Design Database

Week 2

June 2

Safety Issues

Chemical Extractions

Selection of Solvents

Design experiments

Harvest plant material

Perform extractions

Week 3

June 9

Chemical Structures


Run separations and analyses

Continue literature research

Publish web page on medicinal plant

Week 4

June 16

Analytical Instrumentation

Refine extractions; repeat selected analyses

Design bio-assays

Week 5

June 23

Biochemistry of plant 2nd products


Set up bio-assays

Statistical analyses of biomedical data

Week 6

June 30

Human Biology


Populate database

Propose plants for future study

Propose improvements in workshops

Prepare poster reporting results from chemical and bioassay data for presentation at session on final day.

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Updated February 13, 2008

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