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Students in the Lab and in the Field

The involvement of NMSU students in applied research projects has been a cornerstone of our important mission, and over the last 75 years, we have employed nearly 20,000 students and co-ops.

Students from various majors have found employment opportunities while gaining valuable academic, professional, and leadership experience.


Student positions filled in 2021

  • Cybersecurity Assistant
  • Facilities Tech Assistant
  • Electrical Engineering Co-op
  • Information Security Operations Center Student Analyst Co-op
  • IT Helpdesk Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Assistant
  • Mechanical Fabrication Technician
  • Shipping and Receiving Clerk
  • Student Marketing Assistant
  • Student Security Assistant
  • UAS Safety Student Analyst Co-op
  • Student Accounting Assistant


Student positions at PSL are posted on Handshake. NMSU students can link to Handshake through your Canvas Menu or go to Handshake


Students interested in learning more about opportunities at PSL can: Upload Resume

Please follow up with a email to Marcella Shelby, mshelby@psl.nmsu.edu, 575-646-9201


Employers Interested in Partnering with PSL Student Programs

PSL oversees two student programs in support of the defense workforce talent pipeline. Both programs include: clearance, 1-year co-op and national security education.

  • CREW is ideal for defense industrial base companies.
  • DCTC is ideal for DoD and DoE agencies.   This program is free to government agencies.

Contact: Marcella Shelby, 575-646-9201, mshelby@psl.nmsu.edu


PSL Scholarships

PSL is the steward of 6 scholarship funds and has the opportunity each academic year to award scholarships to eligible students. 

Jed & Martha Durrenberger Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
Phillip & Edna Manz PSL Endowed Scholarship
Physical Science Laboratory Employees Endowed Scholarship
SGI Co-op Student Endowment Scholarship Fund
Skaggs PSL Experiential Learning Endowed Scholarship
Lois I. and Leonard R. Sugerman PSL Scholarship Fund

Thanks to our generous donors, in 2020, the PSL scholarship selection committee awarded 16 scholarships totaling $8,000! Students were awarded from $250 to $750. 

APPLY NOW!  Scholar Dollar$ application is live and the priority deadline for the 2021/22 Academic Year is March 1st.

Tips from the PSL Scholarship Coordinator and Selection Committee 

  • Tip #1

    Fill out ALL questions thoughtfully-especially the personal statement! This is an opportunity to share your story and why a scholarship would help you meet your personal and professional goals. Make it count!

  • Tip #2

    Please proofread your answers! It is recommended that you compose the answers to longer questions in a separate Word document where you can spell-check and proofread. Utilize the NMSU Writing Center for proofreading assistance. They have services online https://writingcenter.nmsu.edu/

  • Tip #3

    Scholar Dollar$ uses specific application questions and keywords to create an applicant pool for each scholarship fund. Some application pools for PSL scholarships can be as large as 7,500 students. Some funds give preference to PSL employees, student employees, co-op and dependents of PSL employees.

  • Tip #4

    If you work at PSL (full-time, part-time or as a student employee or co-op) -When filling out your employment history, make sure you not only note New Mexico State University but also include Physical Science Laboratory (PSL), Example: Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) at New Mexico State University. If you have a parent, grandparent or guardian who is(was) employed at PSL, check the box!

  • Tip #5

    March 1st is the priority deadline, but don’t let that stop you from submitting or updating after this first deadline. Selection Committees throughout the University may not meet until later in the summer, which still gives you time to be considered and eligible for scholarships.