The University of New Mexico hosts the New Mexico Shared Knowledge Conference Tuesday-Thursday, April 16-18 in the UNM Student Union Building. The conference is a student-planned and organized state-wide event for students, faculty, staff and community members to learn about and share research, develop professional skills, discuss opportunities and resources, exchange ideas, and be inspired and challenged to celebrate creative scholarship in the state.

As part of the New Mexico Shared Knowledge Conference, UNM will host the New Mexico Research Expo on Tuesday April 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference provides an opportunity for graduate/professional and undergraduate students to present their research and gain presentation experience, to serve as role models for other students, and to participate in workshops and panels that help them plan their academic and professional careers.

A Science & Technology Share Fair keynote luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m. in SUB Ballroom B featuring Ken Nealson as part of the New Mexico Research Expo, which is part of the New Mexico Shared Knowledge Conference. Nealson, who is the Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth Sciences and Biological Science, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, University Southern California, will talk on life in extreme environments.

TEDx ABQ will be delivering this year's conference keynote address on Wednesday, April 17 from 12 to 2 p.m. in SUB Ballroom B. The keynote will be given through a panel of four TED Talks presented by experienced TEDx speakers. Each speaker's talk will explore the ways in which 'knowledge is shared' through our family & community networks, educational system, and technology.

For information on the speakers, visit: conference keynote address.

Closing ceremonies will be held Thursday, April 18 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in SUB Ballroom B.

For the full conference schedule, including day-by-day, poster/art/model exhibit, student film showcase, community learning workshops, keynote luncheon and closing ceremony, visit: .

The event also serves as a vehicle for student and faculty networking and as a forum for students, instructors, and industry professionals to share information, ideas, experiences and advice. Research presentation topic areas include Ecology & Landscape, Education & Training, Health & Well-Being, Human Rights & Immigration, Poverty & Economy and Science & Technology.

Community members, professionals and faculty members will also be participating in a variety of ways. Faculty will find several opportunities to participate from joint student/faculty presentations to serving on judge panels. The conference will provide a space for faculty to share major research projects they are leading, as well as venues for faculty to be introduced to the work students and community members are undergoing that can be directly related to their own work.

Community members, including nonprofit professionals, state agencies and community scholars/researchers are invited to play the all-important role of connecting the work done in the academic arena to the issues the wider New Mexico community face on a daily basis.

Numerous door prizes will be awarded throughout the conference by random drawings as well as two special competitions. The first door prize drawing will take place at the keynote luncheon on Wednesday, April 17. The Exhibit Scavenger Hunt will take place during Wednesday and Thursday with winners announced during the closing ceremony.

The NMSKC Challenge will be held during the closing ceremony on Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m. In addition to those competing for the grand prize of an iPAD MINI, there will be random drawings for audience members.

The 2013 New Mexico Shared Knowledge Conference is funded primarily by the Graduate Resource Center (GRC), a Title V PPOHA educational initiative funded through the U.S. Department of Education.
Several partners and sponsors have joined to support this important event towards amplifying its impact on both the academic and professional communities of New Mexico.

Partners include Graduate Professional Student Association (GPSA), Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC), El Centro de La Raza, University College, Office of Graduate Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Sponsors include the Vice President of Student Affairs and Chartwells at UNM.

For more information, call the GRC at (505) 277-1407, or email, with 'conference' in the subject line.