The College of Arts and Sciences Discovery Scholars Program

The Discovery Scholars Program (DSP) was founded in 2014 as a college-wide celebration of undergraduate scholarship. DSP aims to nurture undergraduate discovery through research with faculty mentors and encourage students to continue their education in graduate or professional school. Any College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate who is engaged in scholarship with faculty guidance outside of regular class activities can join the program as a DSP Scholar. Scholars may be supported by other undergraduate research programs (e.g., HHMI, MARC, AMP, BRAiN, or BRIDGES), working on an Honors College thesis, or even working independently with a faculty mentor. While working to complete their project, DSP Scholars also identify and work toward the completion of different benchmarks, which DSP celebrates along the way with DSP swag. DSP scholars and mentors receive a T-shirt when they enter the program, messenger bags and hoodies after completing portions of the benchmarks, and a graduation stole upon completion.

The Las Cruces Sun News wrote a story about the DSP, which you can read online!



Congratulations to the May 2021 Graduating Scholars!

Graduating Scholars



If you have specific questions about this program, please email the Associate Director of DSP, Dr. Megan H. Papesh (, or Director of DSP, Dr. Nancy McMillan (