The UNM Undergraduate Pipeline Network (UPN), a program which allows students to explore their interests in research and health sciences, is seeking applications for the upcoming summer. The research project provides students with essential skills needed for higher education and is a great way for Lobos to find what excites them.

Applications for UPN Summer 2022 are due Feb. 1, 2022.

Scholars in UPN are assigned a research project that allows them to demonstrate their skills. At the end of the project, students present to the scientific community during the program’s competitive poster symposium.

“I think UPN is a great fit for students who aren’t sure what they want to do after undergrad. You don’t need to know you want to be a researcher to apply to UPN, you just need to be curious about research,” said Tara Hackel, the program manager of the School of Medicine Research Education Office (SOMREO) at The University of New Mexico (UNM). “Students participate in independent research projects with research mentors, skill-building workshops, and cohort-building activities.”

Research areas include:

  • Brain & Behavioral Neurosciences
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease
  • Community Based/Health Disparities
  • Environmental Toxicology & Pharmacology
  • Infectious Disease & Immunity

The program lasts from June 5, 2022, thru Aug.20. Students are required to work at least 40 hours per week.  As a reward for their time, students will get some meals provided, activity fees paid for, and receive a summer stipend of up to $5,000. Out-of-town students may be provided with housing.

Outside of research, UPN provides students with a variety of skills which can relate to many career paths. UPN benefits writing skills, public speaking, interviewing, and more. The experience extends outside the classroom, too.

“When it’s safe to do so, we take students white water rafting, rock climbing, and hiking. In the past, we’ve gone to Pueblo Feast Days, Explora Science Center, and on the Sandia Tram,” Hackel explained.

Those interested can fill at an online application. Additional information is available on the UPN website.

“We hope you will join the amazing community of UPN scholars who are researchers, doctors, pharmacists, population health professionals, and engaged members of their communities,” Hackel said.