National Geographic Society representatives will be on campus Friday, Sept. 18 to teach students how to apply and win grants from the Young Explorers Program.

This is a unique funding opportunity available for students ages 18 to 25 interested in research.

Grants are available in a number of areas including adventure, ancient world, animals, environment, society and culture, space or photography and film making.

Students interested in applying for the grants will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with representatives of National Geographic.

The workshop is free, but students must register in advance in order to attend. A limited number of spaces are available.

""These grants, capped at 5,000 dollars, provide young people with some of their first opportunities to carry out field-based scientific research, conservation and exploration," said Rebecca Martin, director of the Young Explorers Grant Program. "Past Young Explorers have noted the grants have proven to be integral to getting into graduate school, to making important career decision and to connecting with a like-minded community of explorers globally."

The program is hosted on campus by the UNM Department of Anthropology, which has a long relationship with NGS.