For students from New Mexico who are interested in a career in Math, Science, or Engineering, an undergraduate research experience can make the all the difference in having a successful career.

On Friday, Aug. 12, approximately 25 students from two research programs at The University of New Mexico and funded by National Institutes of Health, present their research as part of the 2016 Annual Summer Biomedical Research Symposium. The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC, Building 14) on the main campus. 

Student presentations include research in the areas of bioengineering, immunology, botany, biochemistry, genomics, and other areas of biomedical research. 

This year’s symposium includes keynote speaker JoAnn Trejo at 3 p.m. in room 102 in the Science and Math Learning Center. Trejo is a professor and vice chair for Education in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Joann Trejo
Keynote speaker Dr. JoAnn Trejo.

Trejo conducts research on cell signaling and the underlying mechanisms by which G protein-coupled receptors regulate vascular inflammation and breast cancer progression. Her research has been funded continuously by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA). She was also a recipient of the prestigious AHA Established Investigator Award.

This annual symposium is sponsored by the NIH-funded UNM Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program and the UNM Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP) programs. These programs provide research opportunities and mentoring to over 40 UNM undergraduates and graduates each year and prepare students for admission to Ph.D. programs and research careers. The UNM Department of Biology provided additional symposium support.

For more information visit, IMSD, call 277-3609 or e-mail,