The University of New Mexico Office of the Vice President for Research is hosting its annual State of Research this Wednesday in the PAIS Auditorium from 4-6 p.m.

UNM is the only university in the state with an R1 designation – reserved for doctoral universities with very high levels of research activity.

UNM Vice President for Research Ellen Fisher
UNM Vice President for Research Ellen Fisher

Since becoming a Lobo in 2021, it’s been Vice President for Research Ellen Fisher’s firm mantra that Research Is Education. During her 2023 UNM State of Research, she will address the very important pillars that contribute to our institution's research strength and excellence. Where UNM stands now and where we are headed.

“In 2022, our researchers made their presence known not only throughout our state but around the world. Research expenditures continue to grow from year-to-year, we’re engaging more students in cross-disciplinary research and continuing to strengthen our relationship with our colleagues on North campus,” UNM VPR Ellen Fisher said.

Last year, between main, north, and branch campuses, UNM received more than 1,600 research awards, supported more than 1,400 student researchers and had more than $355 million in research expenditures.

It was a memorable year for our student, staff, and faculty researchers. Some of our many successes includes UNM’s VolCAN team making history in Canary Islands by becoming what is believed to be one of the first research teams to collect uncontaminated gases from an active volcanic eruption. Researchers in our Smart Management of Infrastructure Laboratory (SMILab) also completed a years-long project creating a remote-controlled (RC) robot designed to detect potential rockslide danger, and ultimately keeping roadside safety inspectors safely out of harm’s way during inspections. Several graduates – and some undergraduate – students, alongside UNM Biology Assistant Professor Mubarak Hussain Syed, also took to the Neural Diversity Lab to study nervous system development to potentially understand and treat neurodevelopmental disorders such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, ADHD, and autism.

It’s time to celebrate all the successes and achievements of our UNM researchers and set into motion what’s to come.

The 2023 UNM State of Research will also include a 15-minute Q&A session and a reception beginning in the PAIS foyer. Food & beverage will be provided.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the community are invited to attend. Registration is still open here.