STEM Research Day
A student discusses a poster as part of STEM Research Day.

UNM STEM Student Research Day will be held on Saturday, April 16 in the UNM Student Union Building. This is a student-led event, often held annually, produced by collaboration between the Graduate Student Associations for NanoScience & Microsystems Engineering (NSME) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE).

In addition to giving graduate students in STEM fields an opportunity to present their research to their peers and the general public, Research Day is being organized to connect UNM STEM students with the local scientific community and industries in order to generate communication, collaboration, and possible entrepreneurial ventures.

The keynote speaker is Gary Oppedahl, serial entrepreneur and Director of the Albuquerque Economic Department. Additional guest speakers include Kyle Montgomery, research engineer with the Air Force Research Lab; Ronen Polsky and Eric Spoerke, researchers with Sandia National Laboratories; and Gabe Montaño, staff scientist with the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), and a champion for diversity in STEM.

Research Day is currently co-sponsored by four UNM departments including: NanoScience & Microsystems Engineering, Chemical & Biological Engineering, BioMedical Engineering, and Chemistry & Chemical Biology. This a free event.

Students will have the opportunity to compete for a $1,000 prize pool by presenting posters or oral presentations on their work. The oral presentations are conference-style for 12-15 minutes, followed by 3 minutes for questions. In the poster sessions, students present their work on a 4’x5’ poster and interact with individuals and judges. Printing assistance is available upon request (request due to by April 12).

The option of giving a 3-4 minute “Lightning Talk” is also available to present big picture concepts and possible entrepreneurial applications. (Lightning Talks are not eligible for a prize.)

All UNM STEM graduate students are welcome to present. Oral presentation abstracts are due Tuesday, April 12, while poster and Lightning Talk abstracts are due Thursday, April 14. Submit abstracts to

Food and drink is provided throughout the day, including refreshments and a catered lunch. A catered banquet with a beer and wine reception will be held afterwards.

RSVP to for the catered banquet no later than Monday, April 11.

The public is invited to attend to meet the students, view the students’ projects and learn about the exciting work being done at UNM.

Poster Sessions will be held from 12 - 1:30 p.m. Oral presentations will take place in three scheduled sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., with a break for lunch.

For questions on Research Day, email For a list of the day’s events, visit: Research Day schedule.