On May 29, 2018 HHMI approved a revised sustainability plan in which they are providing the NMSU-HHMI program $380K to spend over the next two years on BioCats, the Biol CURE course, a new “Introduction to Scientific Thinking” seminar for early career students, and two cohorts of a restructured 1- year Research Scholar Program. Hiring of the spring 2019 Research Scholars cohort will begin in fall 2018 with an application deadline on November 2, 2018. Updates will be provided as they will come available.


Consider also applying to the following Undergraduate Research Programs at NMSU

  • AMP (New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation) Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. AMP Presentation 

Application period is between April 4 and May 3, 2018.

Application Deadline is April 15, 2018.

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, and participate in program-sponsored events. 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 a 1-2 credit writing course 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,