Applications for The University of New Mexico’s Physics and Astronomy Research Experience for Undergraduates are now being accepted. The program is a 10-week summer research internship program for undergraduate students studying physics and astronomy.

As part of the program, students will be provided with valuable experience including the opportunity to work and conduct research alongside a faculty member in the department on a range of subjects from biophysics to optical sciences to radio astronomy. Students will also hear about different career paths in physics and astronomy, give presentations on their research, go on educational and social outings, and partake in a range of recreational activities and opportunities to experience New Mexico.

The program pays for most student expenses – travel, on-campus housing, a $5,000 stipend, the cost of most activities – and focuses on the development of strong student-mentor relationships as well as laboratory and research skills. A variety of recreational activities and opportunities to experience New Mexico are also offered.

The program’s highest priority is to serve underserved populations in the Southwestern states. Preference will be given to women and minority applicants from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. However, well-qualified candidates of any demographic nationwide are also encouraged to apply. The registration deadline is Feb. 11, 2022.

The program was originally funded through a three-year, $284,687 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

For more information and or questions about the program visit the website or contact Jim Thomas and Dave Dunlap at