LINDAU, GERMANY, June 28, 2002 -- New Mexico Tech alumna Bernadette Hernandez recently was named by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as one of 27 outstanding U.S. researchers selected to attend the 52nd Annual Convention of Nobel Laureates on July 1-5 in Lindau, Germany.

Hernandez graduated with bachelor of science degree in chemistry from New Mexico Tech in 1999. She currently is a graduate student at Colorado State University.

The DOE selected this year's participants from among a national pool of researchers who work at universities, national laboratories, or other federal facilities.

In the recent past, Hernandez has worked as a student intern at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.

Continuing a tradition established in 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, or physiology and medicine convene each year in Lindau on a rotational basis by discipline to conduct informal talks and meetings with more than 400 students and young researchers from around the world. This year's international convention will focus on chemistry.

As a selected participant, Hernandez will attend informal roundtable sessions and small-group discussions led by any one of the Nobel Laureates attending the five-day convention.