SOCORRO, N.M., March 20, 2003 -- Jared Harrington Crossley, a senior majoring in physics with an astrophysics option at New Mexico Tech, was named a 2002 Macey Scholar at the state-supported research university. The honor included a $5,000 scholarship award.

Crossley, the son of Lyle and Vickie Crossley of Fort Worth, is a graduate of Dunbar High School for Science and Engineering Professions in Forth Worth.

Last year, Crossley also was named the recipient of the prestigious Abraham and Esther Brook Award, which is given each year by the New Mexico Tech physics faculty to a junior-level undergraduate who has best demonstrated excellence in physics studies and research.

Crossley's research experience includes a summer internship at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a yearlong stint as a computer programmer with New Mexico Tech's Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research.

In addition to his research and studies, Crossley currently is employed at New Mexico Tech as a teaching assistant for a
laboratory section of an Introductory Physics class.

Crossley is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national honor society for physics students, and the American Astronomical Society.

He also is an active member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at New Mexico Tech and serves on the advisory board of Puerto Seguro, Socorro's daytime drop-in center for homeless and financially strapped persons in the community.

In past summers, Crossley also has worked for a Christian missions group and has volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission, a homeless shelter in Fort Worth.

"Through exceptional professors and undergraduate research opportunities, New Mexico Tech has given me an excellent education in physics and the physical sciences," Crossley says. "I also enjoy the small-school atmosphere here at Tech, the
approachability of Tech professors, and the tranquility of Socorro and the surrounding countryside."

New Mexico Tech students named Macey Scholars are selected on the basis of their demonstrated academic accomplishments, both in the classroom and research laboratory, as well as their active participation in institutional service and co-curricular activities.

The Macey Scholars Program is funded by an endowment established by William B. and Jean M. Macey of Albuquerque and Tucson. William Macey graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines (as New Mexico Tech was known in its early years) in 1942, and also was awarded an honorary doctorate by Tech in 1984.