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Welcome students! The Undergraduate Research, Arts and Design Network is dedicated to bringing you more opportunities to create and showcase amazing scholarly work. Check back often to learn about exciting programs, courses and other opportunities.

Research Assistant

College of Pharmacy

Start date: ASAP

opportunity-icon The lab of Dr. Roberto Moto Alvidrez, is looking for 2 undergraduate researchers to join his lab. Prior research experience is NOT needed, but strong motivation and a desire to have a future profession related to health care is. The lab's work involves applied molecular genetics and molecular imaging aimed at therapeutic targeting of hyperglycemia in diabetes with common comorbidities like atherosclerosis. Clinical and translational interventions in diabetic vasculopathy and health disparities. An article on his work and background on him and the department is here. If you are interested, please reach out directly to Dr. Alvidrez,

Research Assistant

School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience

Start date: ASAP

opportunity-icon Dr. Shahani Noor’s lab on North Campus (UNM School of Medicine) at the Department of Neuroscience is looking for highly-motivated undergraduate students interested in graduate school (either PhD or MD/PhD or a premed student interested in a long-term lab commitment of at least 2 years). We are a very small lab which means there is a lot of opportunity for getting poster presentations / publications if one is willing to put in the time and effort. It is a neuroimmunology lab so we have previous projects working with prenatal alcohol exposure and the effects of chronic pain in mice models and we are working on some exciting pilot projects. Commitment expectations are around 20-28 hours per week to be most productive with the pace of a project. If students are interested in earning Honors for their major this is a great way to get a start on it as well. If you are interested, please email the undergraduate student research assistant, Ariana Pritha, with your CV / resume. Based on your experience and whether you have work study we can also arrange for a student employment position.

Project Assistant

Immediate Start Date for Fall 2023 term

opportunity-iconThe Center for Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research & Education (ASPIRE) is seeking an undergraduate with experience operating unoccupied airborne systems (UAS), to conduct flights for the collection of aerial imagery. Compensation is $16-22/hr depending on experience. Please see document linked to Project Assistant title above for full details of eligibility and how to apply.

Undergraduate Fellowship: Introduction to Indigenous Environmental Health

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until January 5, 2024

opportunity-iconAre you envisioning a career in medicine, health professions, public health policy or health research with Native American communities? If so, you are invited to apply to this paid UNM undergraduate fellowship for the Spring 2024 term. As an Undergraduate Fellow, you will explore important environmental factors influencing health in Native American communities, and share your reflections with UNM peers and the public.

Research Exploration Connection (REC)

Application deadline January 31, 2024


Research Exploration Connection (REC) provides UNM undergraduate students with paid opportunities to engage in brief research projects led by Master’s and Doctoral students. These projects are designed to introduce undergraduates to various research methods and approaches, and to provide potential pathways for undergraduate and graduate students to further partner on the research.

Undergraduate students who participate in REC should expect to spend between 6 to 24 hours on their project and receive between $100 and $400 for participating, with the actual amount depending on the time commitment involved in participating on the project.

GEOG 2115: Information Design in Science & Society

Spring 2024 1st Half course, M, W, F: 1-3pm

course-icon.jpgIn this face-to-face class, you will be exposed to research, gain skills in data visualization and create your own infographics. This class also satisfies the Communication Gen Ed requirement in 8 weeks!

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)

Applications due December 4, 2023

opportunity-iconMMUF seeks to recruit undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who have a strong desire to pursue a Ph.D. in an eligible field (in the Humanities and Social Sciences).

Biomedical Research Summer Opportunities - Nationwide


Application deadlines vary, generally in Jan and Feb, check each school for specific dates. This is a comprehensive list of paid summer research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) in the Biomedical sciences all across the country.

Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Opportunities

Application deadlines vary, generally in Jan and Feb, check each school for specific dates.


This is a comprehensive list of paid summer research opportunities across the nation, aimed at undergraduate students studying in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Undergraduate Pipeline Network

Application due February 1, 2024

Green graphic with an icon of a house and the word programThe Undergraduate Pipeline Network is a paid summer research experience that seeks to cultivate students' interest in research while helping them attain skills needed to apply for and succeed in post-baccalaureate education. The program provides the opportunity for students to choose from several areas of research at the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center. The program period covers 10 weeks in the summer and scholars participate in the program a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Award

Applications due February 12, 2024


Are you an undergraduate student who conducted research as part of a class or independent study at UNM main campus in 2023? Then consider applying for the Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Award. Applications will be due Feb 12, 2024, but attend an online workshop to prepare your application on Jan 31 or Feb 6, 2024.

Student Team Research Concept Competition

Applications due March 1, 2024


You are invited to collaborate with at least 1 other undergraduate student in a different major, to compete in the Student Team Research Competition. Your goal is to pitch an interdisciplinary problem that you are interested in researching. The winning team will be awarded $2000 (to be split among team members) at UROC (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Conference) on April 12, 2024. Reach out to Tim Schroeder, with any questions.

Search Open Positions at UNMJobs


Departments will list paid student positions (e.g., Research Assistant, Lab Assistant, etc.) on UNMJobs. You will apply directly on UNMJobs for any positions of interest.

McNair Scholars & Research Opportunity Program

Application for the 2024-25 cycle will open on Jan 1, 2024


The mission of the University of New Mexico’s Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Research Opportunity Program (ROP) is to prepare high achieving undergraduate students for admission into graduate school to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees. The McNair/ROP programs offer eligible students the opportunity to conduct faculty-mentored research as well as travel opportunities and support during the graduate application process. Please visit for more details and eligibility.

Departmental Seminars



Many departments host regular seminars, brown bags or lectures throughout the academic year for students to learn more about the research and happenings in that department. Check out this list to see all of the departments across campus offering such events.