What is the Research Scholars Program?

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The Research Scholars program is designed to help NMSU’s undergraduates become competitive applicants to the top graduate professional programs in the country. Students entering their junior year with a genuine interest in research are recruited into the program. Research Scholars are matched with a faculty mentor who assists them in developing a research project. Participants work 10 hours/week in the lab of their mentor, attend research seminars, attend research seminars, attend program-sponsored events, and take the research method course, Biol 302. During the summer following their junior year, scholars participate in an intensive, full-time summer experience to collect the necessary data for a senior thesis. In the fall of their senior year, students enroll in the thesis course, Biol 402, that helps them write a thesis on their research project.

Examples of what Research Scholars do

Research Scholars Travel Grant Opportunities


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Safety Training

All Research Scholars are required to take the following safety classes before being allowed working in their mentors lab:

  • Employee Safety
  • HazCom
  • Lab Standard (prerequisite HazCom)
  • Blood Borne Pathogens (when working with infectious agents, human blood, body fluids or tissues in your laboratory).
  • Any safety class required in addition by your research mentor,