The University of New Mexico hosts the 2015 Shared Knowledge Conference (SKC) Thursday-Friday, April 23-24 in the Student Union Ballroom. The Shared Knowledge Conference is a regional event planned and hosted by UNM students and partners.

Intent on celebrating diversity, multiple forms of research, and scholarly endeavors, the conference will be highlighting world-class research covering a range of formats and topics.

All conference events are free and open to the public. Nonprofit professionals, state agencies, and community scholars/researchers are invited to play the all-important role of connecting the work done in universities to the wider New Mexico community.

Registration is set for Thursday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. in SUB Ballroom C. Poster presentations run from 2-5 p.m., also in SUB Ballroom C. On Friday, April 24, registration will be held in the SUB Luminaria (Green room) beginning at 9:30 a.m., while oral presentations begin at 10 a.m. in third floor rooms located in the SUB.

Keynote addresses will be given by native activist, Ladonna Harris and acclaimed author, Edward Humes. Additionally, Dr. Karl Karlstrom, recipient of this year's Annual Research Lecturer award and professor at the UNM Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will deliver the 60th Annual Faculty Lecture Thursday, April 23.

Karlstrom presents a lecture, “It’s about Time: Forty Years of Geologic Work in the Grand Canyon- Rocky Mountain Region,” in the Student Union Building (SUB) Ballrooms A&B. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with introductions to the Provost's Shared Knowledge Conference. Karlstrom’s lecture follows at 6:15 p.m. with a reception afterwards.

The goal of the conference is to provide 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 networking and social events that help them plan their academic and professional careers.

Additionally, more than $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to top presentations among a diverse set of formats including student films, academic posters, oral presentations, and a three minute elevator speech competition. This year’s event is slated to draw a record number of participants including 200 student, staff and faculty presenters.

The 2015 Shared Knowledge Conference is funded primarily by the Graduate Resource Center (GRC) and the Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development with the support of several university departments and offices.

For questions or more information, visit Shared Knowledge Conference or email,