El Centro is looking for students to serve as Graduate Research Fellows its El Puente Research Fellows Program.

The fellowship will expose students to best practices in mentoring first generation, low income and minority students in higher education. As a Graduate Research Fellow (GRF), students will not only be helping undergraduates grow and thrive, but will also grow and thrive as an educator in their field.

During the academic year, GRF participants will guide a group of undergraduate students through the academic research process.


Graduate Students must meet the following criteria in order apply:

  • Enrolled at UNM for Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 in a degree granting program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Able to commit to the program for one academic year (Fall and Spring).
  • Must meet 1 of 3 of the following criteria:
    • Member of an underrepresented ethnic group in higher education
    • First generation college student
    • Qualify as low income

Please note that this program is open to students regardless of immigration status.


  • Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Semesters.
  • Attend an orientation August 16, 17 and 18.
  • Attend and support bi-weekly seminars on Fridays from 2-4 p.m. (8-9 each semester).
  • Guide a group of 6-7 undergraduate students through their research proposals.
  • Meet weekly for 1 hour with your undergraduate research group.
  • Meet on a regular basis with program coordinator.
  • Attend an experiential learning trip during half of spring break (lodging and

transportation provided).

  • Complete assigned projects and participate in Instructional Team related activities.

For more information, or to apply, contact Alejandro Mendiaz-Rivera at 505-277-5020 or amendiaz@unm.edu.