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University of New Mexico
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Undergraduate Program:

    The Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) program provides the opportunity for students to work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to do hands-on research for an academic year or summer. As students receive individual mentoring from their faculty mentors, they have the opportunity to see the benefits and challenges of the work they do and to recognize the value of continuing their education to be "like" their mentors. Faculty mentors gain the benefit of preparing future STEM professionals and having student research assistants involved in their work. The URA program is designed to provide opportunities for students to establish networks, to learn the role and work of professionals in their disciplines, to improve their communication skills, and to benefit from extensive professional and academic mentoring. URA's are encouraged and supported to present their research at the annual New Mexico AMP Student Research Conference held at New Mexico State University each fall, in addition to other professional conferences in their disciplines. URA students are encouraged and helped to prepare for graduate school, and they are prepared to meet the expectations of industry and government internships and employment.

  • Up to $5,000 student scholarship (amounts vary)
  • Up to $500 research supplies annually
  • Mentoring assistance
  • Academic enrichment
  • Academic year research experiences
  • Summer research expenses
  • Travel to conferences
  • Workshops / Seminars / Speakers Series

For Eligibility Student Must:

  • Must be an eligible minority student (Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, African-American)
  • Must be admitted to a STEM major in a UNM program and have a prospective research mentor
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • For application click here; for eligibility criteria click here; Contact Dr. Laura Crossey at lcrossey@unm.edu.