Spend Your Summer Doing Research at UNM

The UPN program seeks to cultivate student interest in research while helping them develop the skills needed to apply for and succeed in post-baccalaureate education. During the ten-week summer program, UPN students conduct full-time research, mentored by their lab Principal Investigator (PI) and team of postdocs, technicians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. In addition, students participate in weekly seminars and team-building activities focused on professional development and networking

This year our program will run from May 31, 2023 thru August 4, 2023, and requires a full time commitment from our students, who work on average of 40 hours per week. UPN students receive an academic fellowship (stipend) of up to $6000 for the summer.

We fund our student s with a $6K research stipend, out standing poster presentation awards
and potential awards for housing and conference travel.


Application Deadline Is February 1st!

The goals of our program are to provide the opportunity for undergraduate students to:

  • Conduct research in one of the following areas for 10 weeks at a nationally recognized Health Sciences Center
    • Brain & Behavioral Neurosciences
    • Cancer Biology
    • Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease
    • Community Based/Health Disparities
    • Environmental Toxicology & Pharmacology
    • Infectious Disease & Immunity
  • Build credentials for graduate, medical or other professional training.
  • Improve writing, presentation and interview skills
  • Assist in the design, collection, processing & analysis of scientific data.
  • Learn cutting-edge research techniques and use state-of-the-art technology.
  • Present their research to the New Mexico scientific community
  • Receive a summer stipend of up to $6000.
  • “Experience so many interesting things” while having “a wonderful time” and a “great summer,” according to past participants.


To prepare and recruit the next generation of research scientists and clinicians, we hope to expose students to the breadth of opportunities that exist within the fields of biomedical and community-based research.

Hands-on program with a community feel

  • 35 undergraduate student s per cohort
  • One-on-one research mentoring
  • Close-knit graduate student mentors
  • Student-focused support staff

Cutting edge research projects

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Pathology
  • Toxicology & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Brain & Behavioral Illnesses
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease
  • Child Health Research
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Infectious Diseases & Immunity

Cohort building & professional development activities

  • White water rafting
  • Low ropes course
  • Rock Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Pueblo Feast Day
  • Resume & interviewing techniques
  • Poster Presentations

What you should know about New Mexico

  • Easy access to world class hiking, rock climning, bike trails, & winter sports
  • NM United Soccer League & Isotopes MiLB teams
  • Multi-cultural events & art scene
  • Affordable cost of living