Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) is an NIH funded Undergraduate T34 training program whose mission is to help prepare undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a PhD in some aspect of Biomedical research.

MARC trains cohorts of up to ten under-represented students at a time. They provide students with resources ($988/month) in addition to laboratory supply money and support to travel to national conferences, which greatly build CV strength. This type of support allows their scholars to concentrate on academics and research, rather than jobs. In addition, they also help scholars find labs and professors that fit their future goals, with advisement and assistance for two years, including the graduate school application process.

Interested? Find out more about the program, including the requirements and application at: Best of luck!

Monday, September 15, 2014

STEM Student Groups Fair a success!

Earlier this Fall, the S-Cubed team brought several STEM-centered groups together for a STEM Fair.  UNM Students perused the tables of Explora!, UNM's Society of Women Engineers, McNair Scholars, Engineers Without Borders, and more!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UNM Alliance for Minority Participation Informational Meeting!

Attention undergrads!

 Are you interested in research, WITH stipends?  

How about STEM advising and mentoring?  

And getting ready for grad school?

If so, check out UNM's 
Alliance for Minority Participation in Research. 

UNM Alliance will host 
an Informational Meeting 
on Thursday Sept. 11 
in Room 105 Northrop Hall
 from 4:30-5:30 pm.

If you cannot attend, but are interested, 
please contact Prof. Laura Crossey 
(Please include “AMP” in the subject line of your email!)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Course Redesign Cohort 3 Teams Selected

STEM Gateway and members from the Course Redesign Advisory Council have selected three teams to redesign their course to improve student success at UNM.  The new cohort will be hard at work between May 2014 and August 2015.

Math 116- Pre-calculus and Trigonometry
The Math 116 course is a unique redesign that combines two three credit math courses (Math 123- Trigonometry and Math 150- Pre-Calculus) into a single 4 credit course thus speeding students time to comlete their degree.

Biology 204- Plant Form and Function Lecture and Biology 202L- Introductory Genetics 
Redesigning two biology courses has provided a special opportunity for team members to work across teams to not only improve the course that they are redesigning but to also look at the alignment of the curriculum throughout the program.  The redesign may entail moving the course into UNM’s active and collaborative teaching and learning spaces, the Learning Studios.

Final redesign proposals will be posted at the STEM Gateway website in mid-August. Congratulations and best wishes to the 2014-2015 Course Redesign Cohort!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sixth-Grader Surprises Science Community

 Three cheers for young women in STEM!

Lauren Arrington, a Florida sixth-grader, grabbed the attention of scientists when she submitted her science fair project results.

Lauren's results indicated that lionfish, normally thought to be mainly saltwater fish and an invasive species to boot,  "can survive in nearly fresh water." 

Experiments have been done on the lionfish's habitat before, but Lauren's project took the numbers of salinity (or lack thereof) even further.

Lauren's fish lived in water with salt levels of 6 parts per thousand.  
Her research project is also being cited in a science journal.  Congratulations, Lauren!

Read the full story at NPR's site here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

McNair & ROP Impromptu Speech Competition

On June 27th, the thirty-three students from the McNair Scholars and Research Opportunity Programs’ summer cohort competed in a Students for STEM Success (S3) sponsored Impromptu Speech Competition!

The friendly competition was a follow-up to an Oral Presentation Skills workshop the previous week.  These workshops were designed to give the students tips, tricks, and practice on how to communicate effectively in a variety of ways.  

The Competition!

The group of 33 was first divided into 4 teams.  Students competed in two rounds of competition within the small groups and each group voted on who to send to the championship round.  For each round, students selected a random topic out of a selection of approximately 40 topics. For each round, the competitors had 2 minutes to prep a 1 minute speech on that topic.

Topics included:

If everything in the world had to change to the same color, what color would you choose and why?

Explain how a smart person might not be wise.

Why should you get money for your research?

You are an ant. Convince an anteater to not eat you.

It was a close competition!  The four finalists did a fantastic job of entertaining us with their impromptu one minute speeches.  There could only be one champion and the cohort voted Dominique Santistevan the winner for her speech on The best way to teach an old dog a new trick.

Congratulations again to Dominique the first S3 Impromptu Speech Champion!

If you would like to see the skills these students learned in action please attend the 2014 McNair Scholars and Research Opportunity Programs’ Summer Research Symposium on July 10 & 11, 2014 at Centennial Engineering Center, Room 1041 (Auditorium).  This event features the mid-summer research presentations of the undergraduate scholars in the program.