The University of New Mexico hosts the 2013 National Hispanic Youth Research and Leadership Program, which is funded by the Department of Energy. Students present their case studies on Wednesday, July 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Building Lobo rooms A and B. The event is free and open to the public.

The program aids Hispanic high school students across the nation to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The National Hispanic Youth Research and Leadership Program focuses on college preparation, STEM, and security studies, problem solving, teamwork, leadership skills and research and presentation. Throughout the program students work in teams and present on case study topics to complete the program. Each student team addresses a question relating to STEM or security studies and Latino/a life while working with current college students, staff and faculty.

Matt Garcia, professional intern in College Enrichment and Outreach Programs, said that this is the second year UNM has hosted the program. "We have 25 students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in their respective high schools. We have 10 from New Jersey, four from California, two from Washington, D.C., one each from Nevada, Colorado and North Carolina, as well as six students from New Mexico," he said.

UNM groups organizing the program include College Prep Programs, National Security Studies Program, Graduate Resource Center, ENLACE and the Office of the Associate Vice President of Student Services.

For more information, visit UNM College Prep Programs, or call 505-277-0401.