Thursday, February 12, 2015

Center for Academic Programs Support (CAPS)

Did you know that CAPS has a GREAT Pinterest page? They have field specific boards. This is just some of what they have to offer:

Check it out HERE!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Impostors at Sandia National Lab

Our very own Yadéeh Sawyer was invited to present on the "Impostor Syndrome" to a group of post-docs at Sandia National Labs on Wednesday, January 2015.

Photo courtesy of Caitlin Rochford, PhD

Friday, January 9, 2015

Initiatives to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) and Pathways are looking for scholars

Dear STEM, we are recruiting for IMSD, Initiatives to Maximize Student Development, and our Pathways Scholar groups.  IMSD has been at UNM for 40 years (previously as MBRS) and I have run the program for the past 11 years.  In that time, we have graduated  40 PhD students at UNM and around the country and have about 50 students in graduate school (a few in medical and other professional schools) around the country.  Here is a map showing where our students and some IMSD students who are faculty or working in industry are located (I’m not totally done with the map)

IMSD is for STEM students who have an interest in getting a PHD.  We accept students in a wide range of disciplines related to biomedical research, including CS, Chem Eng, Math, Physics, etc.  We do our best to encourage IMSD students to grow their math and/or CS skills because these are powerful tools for their futures.  Students participate in a mentoring program and work in laboratories and are paid up to $12K per year (it’s actually slightly higher than that).  IMSD is a diversity program, so students are typically underrepresented minorities or low income (Pell-grant eligible).  IMSD students will have 2 more years until graduation.  Eligible students should contact Lupe Atencio: and look at our webpage:

Pathways is for freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students.  We have two Pathway Scholars classes (Tues and Wed at 4:30).  I started this 3.5 years ago because the IMSD mentoring program was working so well and I wanted to understand what our freshmen and transfer students were experiencing and see if the mentoring program could help strengthen them.  We focused on Native American students but welcomed anyone who could use what we have to offer.  Our current estimates are that our 6-year graduation rates for Native Americans will be about 60% higher than UNM’s rates (21%) and about 33% higher for Hispanics.   If you know students in your classes, your dorms, etc. who can use community, mentoring, introduction to how to thrive in an academic situation, financial and math survival skills,  and who could blossom by knowing what their majors should be and moving forward towards a career, please have them contact Lupe or me.

Have a great spring semester. 

Maggie Werner-Washburne (
Regents Professor
Biology Department 
University of New Mexico

PI – UNM Initiatives to Maximize Student Development

SACNAS, past president

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Spring 2015 PLF Classes

Are Peer Learning Facilitators in your class this spring?  Check out the list and see!

Chem 121
001 - MWF 9 - 9:50
003 - TR 5 - 6:15
005 - TR 9:30 - 10:45

Chem 122
001 - MWF 10 - 10:50
002 - MWF 12 - 12:50
003 - TR 5 - 6:15
006 - MWF 12 - 1250

Chem 301
002 - MWF 11 - 11:50

Chem 302
MWF 9 - 9:50

Math 121
002 - TR 8 - 9:15
004 - TR 9:30 - 10:45
008 - TR 11 - 12:15
010 - MWF 12 - 12:50
012 - TR 11 - 12:15

Math 162
005 - MWF 12 - 12:50 and T 12:30 - 1:45
006 - MWF 12 - 1250 and R 12:30 - 1:45

Math 180
009 - MWF 12 - 12:50
012 - MWF 3 - 3:50

Math 116
051 - MWF 11 - 11:50 and T 2 - 3:15
053 - MWF 2 - 2:50 and R 2 - 3:15

EPS 101
001 - TR 9:30 - 10:45
002 - TR 12:30 - 1:45
006 - online

Monday, December 1, 2014

PLF Proposals for Spring 2015 now being accepted!

Hello instructors!

Are you teaching in a lower-level STEM course and are interested in having PLF support?  
We are now accepting proposals for the Spring 2015 semester!

Please submit a proposal to Mary Cianflone at by Dec 7th!

Download the Proposal here:  PLF Proposal Form Spring 2015


Not sure if your class is eligible for PLFs?  

Click here to see our detailed list

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Summer Research and funding

Are you considering undergraduate summer research and/or applying to graduate school. Check out these opportunities!

For Undergraduates:
Paid Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Placements:
Over 800 programs – REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads

For Financial Support in Graduate School:
Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines:
For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships:  

For tips on applying and associated resources:

For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences:

For opportunities specifically in Engineering:

Institute for Broadening Participation. IBP’s mission is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching underserved communities and diverse underrepresented groups. makes it easy for faculty and administrators to access resources that can assist them in their efforts to reduce barriers to participation, create environments rich in the positive factors that support student success on the STEM pathway, and conduct outreach to underserved communities and underrepresented groups by implementing recruitment and retention strategies that broaden participation and increase diversity.

In addition, don’t forget about the S3 resources:
·       Internship opportunities
·       Summer opportunities
·       UNM Undergrad Research
·       Additional professional and academic workshops (PAW) at UNM (note, these are open to anyone)

·       Other Resources