The University of New Mexico has so much to offer students from around the globe when it comes to research and scholarship opportunities, and next month those opportunities will be on full display for the University’s inaugural 2022 Research and Discovery Week.

For the first time, UNM’s Office of the Vice President for Research will host a week full of events, Nov. 5-11, dedicated to showcasing UNM’s entire research enterprise, while promoting resources and opportunities available to all UNM researchers.

“UNM’s inaugural Research and Discovery week is really an opportunity for people from all over New Mexico to engage with our students and faculty about research that’s happening right now at UNM and will one day impact all our lives,” said Ellen Fisher, UNM vice president for research. “The week will include something for everyone to enhance the visibility of the striking, sometimes surprising, and always inspiring research activities that happen every day on our campuses, and to strengthen collaboration across communities, ultimately helping diversify the research, innovation and creativity that make UNM a premier research institution.” 

The week will contain a lineup of events and opportunities for students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members. It will be the perfect chance to visit main campus and participate in conferences, workshops, lectures, and open houses all centered around research happening at UNM.

Fisher is a strong believer that at UNM, research is education. Within the last year, UNM researchers have proven time-and-time again why that statement is true by tackling some of the most innovative challenges that led to incredible discoveries and the worldwide spotlight. Among those researchers is UNM Assistant Professor Liping Yang, whose research activities focus on geospatial AI. We also celebrated a group of computational chemistry researchers who did the unthinkable and completed millennia of research in four years. Then, last month, Distinguished Professor Yemane Asmerom was elected as an American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellow after being recognized for his seminal contributions to the study of climate change.

Last year, UNM faculty, staff, and students conducted state-of-the-art research across a spectrum of disciplines, attracting more than $390 million in contract and grant funding. Research funding at UNM supports nearly 4,500 jobs (nearly 2,000 at UNM HSC and nearly 2,500 at main/branch campuses), while distinct research awards across the University currently total nearly 1,600.

“As our state’s flagship university and only Research 1 institution, we’re used to looking at the world a bit differently. Every day, across disciplines, our researchers are working to address some of the world’s biggest challenges, improving lives in our communities, our state, and beyond. Research and Discovery Week is an opportunity to celebrate, explore and engage with just some of our most recent notable accomplishments,” UNM President Garnett S. Stokes said.

Research and Discovery Week will also feature lectures from three keynote speakers:

Corrine Occhino | Syracuse University Linguistics assistant professor
Occhino is the Program Coordinator for the ASL and Deaf Studies Program at Syracuse. She will also give her lecture while signing in ASL for individuals joining the lecture virtually.

Harrison “Jack” Schmitt | Retired NASA astronaut
Schmitt is a former U.S. senator from New Mexico is also known for being the most recent living person to have walked on the moon.

Dennis A. Dougherty | California Institute of Technology professor
Dougherty is known for his research in physical organic chemistry and approaches that give further understanding of the human brain.

Visit the R&D website for registration details. A variety of events are free and open to the public.