Undergraduate Research Programs at NMSU:

What is the Research Scholars Program?

The NMSU-HHMI Research Scholar program has hired its final cohort for 2020. The program will be discontinued after fall 2020.

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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, participate in cohort meetings, 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 3 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,
  • Annual Safety Refresher Training (once a year in the fall semester after initial training has been completed).