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Student Research

The goal of the program is to expose and engage our 1st and 2nd year students in engineering or computer science to keep them focused and motivated to stick around beyond their 2nd year. The literature suggests this is a critical component to retention.

SEMESTERLY DEADLINES: February 5 and September 5.

Matches will be announced by the following Wednesday.

For the Fall 2020 semester, as a result of COVID-19: we ask that all participants be willing to meet either by phone call, zoom meeting, or at on an outdoor location for an in-person, yet socially distant interaction. We will have the STEM Mixer, but this will be virtual.

StudentResearch

  • Priority is given to UNM Engineering and Computer Science (or those interested in) Freshmen and Sophomore students, but Juniors and Seniors are still encouraged to apply.
  • No minimum GPA requirement. The more important factor is student motivation.
  • Engineering Student Success Center (Yadéeh Sawyer, yadeeh@unm.edu) will act as the facilitator and support for the pair once made, but the details of the relationship are between the matched pair.

*Note: for volunteer, on campus student research opportunities, ESS Center will cove the cost of Excess Accident Medical Coverage Insurance for these students.*

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS

  • Duration of lab assignments is approximately 1 semester, but may continue longer as agreed upon by the match.
  • Research mentors (Faculty, graduate student, post-docs, etc) are expected to provided a patient and supportive learning environment with hands-on experience for the student researcher.
  • Student researchers are expected to maintain their commitment for the semester (or as otherwise agreed upon). If this expectation is not met, students may be asked to leave the program.
  • The Engineering Student Success Center provides support throughout the program, including occasional check-in emails and sponsored activities. Researchers are notified of sponsored activities via email.

ABOUT MATCHING

  • Matches are based on availability of researchers/positions and interested students. We try our best to honor your requests and preferences, but we cannot guarantee a match.
  • MATCHES ARE NOT A GUARANTEED POSITION. ESS Center makes the initial pairing recommendation. It is up to the Researcher to make the final decision on if the student is a good fit for both the project and the lab.
  • Lead Researchers: Must complete THIS form.
  • Students: Must complete both this interest form AND a program orientation session (listed on the interest form). Students will not be introduced to a research mentor until both items are completed.

Various orientation dates are available. If you cannot attend one of the scheduled orientation sessions, but would still like to join the program, contact Yadéeh Sawyer at yadeeh@unm.edu. To speed up scheduling your orientation session, please provide 2-3 times, Monday-Friday, between 9 AM and 5 PM, that work for your schedule in this email.

QUESTIONS?

Please direct questions to Yadéeh Sawyer at yadeeh@unm.edu or 505-277-9151.

This program currently only supports students interested in Engineering or Computer Science research experience.

Didn't get matched this semester but you have an idea for a research project? Use the WHY Lab! More info HERE.

DOCUMENTS FOR STUDENT RESEARCHERS