Blanco Elementary Students

Students from Blanco Elementary School in Bloomfield, NM, visited UNM this week for hands-on activities exploring polymers, nanomaterials and prosthetic finger design relating to the research conducted at the Center for Biomedical Engineering. Graduate students conducted demonstrations and discussed biomedical engineering and college as part of the National Science Foundation sponsored Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM). Graduate students from the Nanoscience Microsystems (NSMS) program also participated.

The partnership with Harvard University and the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institution (SIPI) is intended to increase the participation of females and minorities in materials science related careers.   In addition to inviting K-12 students to UNM, the PREM outreach program includes visits to 4th grade, 8th grade and high school classes as well as to SIPI.  It also hosts high school, SIPI and undergraduate interns in Center for Biomedical Engineering laboratories throughout the academic year and summer.

For information on the upcoming summer internships, please contact Stefi Weisburd at

Students at work.

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