Year-Round Opportunities

New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) 

A Partnership of 14 Institutions statewide, with NMSU serving as the Lead Institution, the STEM AMP program is a partnership of the state's two-and four-year colleges and universities, with a primary goal of increasing the number of B.S. degrees awarded to underrepresented students in New Mexico. AMP offers: 

  • Scholarships and research assistantships through programs such as STEM Prep, Undergraduate Research Scholars, Transfer Scholarship, and International Research and Education Participation 
  • Professional development opportunities 
  • Support to present research in statewide symposiums 

To be eligible for participation in AMP you must be enrolled at a New Mexico community college or four-year university. Additional requirements vary by program. 

New Mexico IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) 

INBRE is a statewide network that encourages the development of innovative research environments for students engaging health initiatives, and basic, clinical, and translational research in New Mexico. INBRE offers three summer experiences: 

  • NISE-Prep - a research laboratory experience for students without previous experience 
  • NISE-Bootcamp - a laboratory- and lecture-based program for students with little to no research experience 
  • NISE-Internship - an independent biomedical research experience for advanced students 

To be eligible for participation in INBRE, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must have full-time summer availability (cannot be enrolled in summer classes). 

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) 

MARC was established in 1975 to increase the numbers of underrepresented groups in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and to diversify the research workforce. The MARC program at NMSU has been funded since 1977 to aid students obtaining advanced degrees in the biomedical research sciences through support and training. MARC offers: 

  • Approximately 18 Undergraduate Scholars positions 
  • Support to present research at national professional conferences 
  • Various workshops throughout the year 
  • Special courses to earn honors credits 
  • Summer research opportunities at leading institutions around the country

To be eligible for MARC you must be an NMSU student enrolled in at least 15 credits, have a minimum 3.2 GPA, and have two years remaining. Students must also be majoring in one of the following: Animal & Range Science, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Entomology Plant Pathology & Weed Sciences, Fishery & Wildlife Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, and Physics. 

Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research (PACR) 

PACR is a collaboration between NMSU and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Together, we are dedicated to improving cancer health equity by providing opportunities for research, education, training, and community engagement for underserved populations in the U.S. Southwest and Pacific Northwest. PACR offers: 

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program 
  • Cancer Research Internship for Graduate Students 
  • Funding for conference presentations 
  • Undergraduate and graduate student positions in research projects and labs 
  • Workshops and lectures open to all students 

To be eligible to participate in PACR programs you must be a full-time student at NMSU. Internships are available to juniors, seniors and graduate students with U.S. citizenship only. Students interested in public health and biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Internships & Summer Programs

Biomedical Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) is an intensive, nine-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session. The 2022 program runs from Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 12. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate. Eligible students are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enring the summer before their final year or semester of undergraduate studies.  Applicants should have a strong background in the sciences or related area of interest. 

A catalog of internships for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and first-year medical students offered nationwide can be accessed at: 

To apply, submit an application at The application deadline is Friday, January 7, 2022. Letters of recommendation for up to two references are due by Friday, January 14, 2022. Notification of acceptance will occur in mid- to late-February.

Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines Summer Internship, University of California, Merced

Deadline to apply: February 25, 2022

9-week, NSF-funded undergraduate research fellowship at the University of California, Merced from June 6-Aug. 5, 2022.  The program offers research experience in biophysics, biochemistry & bioengineering, research & academic guidance and mentoring from CCBM faculty & graduate students, special CCBM sessions, lectures, and meetings, and trainings and workshops with the UC Merced Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) cohort.  To apply, go to the CCBM website.

Integrative Microbial and Plant Systems Undergraduate Research Experience at NC State

Deadline: April 1, 2022

Program dates: May 30-August 5, 2022

The Integrative Microbial and Plant Systems Undergraduate Research Experience focuses on basic and applied questions about plant-microbe interactions in the face of climate change and global food security hardships. NC State has a strong core of plant and microbial biologists who work in the areas of sustainable foods, fuels and computer modeling for studying fundamental biological mechanisms. Four major research themes across these faculty are stress resilience, nutrient acquisition in plant and microbial systems, signaling in plant-microbe systems, and plant-microbiome modeling. During a 10-week summer program, students actively engage in a research project under the mentorship of a participating faculty member. Participants receive housing on campus, travel expenses when applicable, a food allowance and a stipend of $6,000. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation.

NSF Database of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REUs)

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) database of undergraduate STEM research programs.


Pathways to Science Database of National Opportunities in STEM

The national non-profit Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) aims to increase access to STEM education and careers for diverse underrepresented groups. The group hosts a database of internships, scholarships, and summer research programs that is searchable by field, location, and more. See .

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Many summer and some term-time research opportunities are funded by the NSF at sites around the country and some international locations.  In an REU, about 10 undergraduates work closely with faculty and other reseachers on ongoing research projects.  Each student focuses on a specific research project.  Students receive stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.  Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. To find an opportunity, go to Search for an REU Site. You may search by keyword for particular research topics or locations.  Click on the links for the individual REU sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site. 

Several summer REUs are are coordinated by NMSU faculty!  

The NSF-REU Collaborative Site Program on Immigration Policy and US-Mexico Border Communities is designed to provide undergraduate students with training in research methods and opportunities to conduct collaborative projects with community partners on the nature and impacts of US immigration policy in the Paso del Norte borderlands region of Las Cruces-El Paso-Ciudad Juárez. 
From 2017 to 2021, 30 undergraduate students from NMSU, UTEP and around the United States have participated in 10-week summer programs. For more information, see . Contact: Dr. Neil Harvey, NMSU Department of Government (
The goal of this REU site initiative (BIGDatA- BIG DatAnalytics for Cyber-physical Systems) is to inspire and prepare undergraduate students to pursue academic studies and careers in STEM with a focus on big data analytics for cyber-physical systems (CPS).
The site’s research projects will focus on equipping students with skills and knowledge related to big data analytics in CPS. The CPS will be exemplified by four main application areas: smart grids, wireless sensor networks, smart homes for the elderly and disabled, and disaster response. For more information, see the website at . Contact: Dr. Huiping Cao, Department of Computer Science ( or Dr. Tuan Le, Department of Computer Science (
Jornada Basin LTER was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the causes and consequences of desertification through long-term research. The Jornada Basin LTER has funding to support a modest number of undergraduate research (JRN-REU) fellowships each summer. Students will work with mentors associated with JRN-LTER or NMSU on research related to Jornada LTER research themes.  For about the REU program, please see the 2021 flier and application form.  Contact:Niall Hanan ( and Nina Joffe (


REU in Materials Science & Engineering, University of Missouri

Deadline to apply: February 20, 2022  

Emphasizing creative thinking and creative expression, this REU Site is designed to address the urgent need for innovation in materials research in the U.S. by filling a critical gap in workforce development in materials design and manufacture and addressing a national need for researchers who can solve complex, interconnected problems by training researchers to think creatively. Students in this program learn cutting-edge materials research approaches that include atomistic simulation, coarse-grain modeling, and a suite of materials design / fabrication / characterization techniques. This research will not only advance the science in each unique area, but will provide students with unique, measurable skills in computational modeling, materials science design, processing, characterization, and creative thinking. Students live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan, covered by the program. Summer interns also are provided with travel to and from Columbia, Missouri, and a stipend of $5000.  Application online.  

Virtual Reality-REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Immersive 3D Visualization, City University of New York (CUNY)

Deadline to apply: February 18, 2022

Participants in this paid summer REU program will be provided training in virtual reality, immersive 3D visualization tools and technologies. The program will identify research collaborators with immersive visualization needs and assign each student to a REU team, consisting of a research mentor and a REU student, to complete a hands-on project in creative VR/AR/MR and 3D Visualization. The mentoring team includes members not just from computer science but also from diverse backgrounds including film and media, journalism and biological sciences. Some of the planned research projects include: VR for aiding students with learning disabilities, MicroRNA (Ribonucleic Acid) as a regulator for cell lineage plasticity, immersive remote telepresence, indoor robot navigation along with 3D object identification, sonifying the microbiome, and VR for improving inter-personal skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students. This experience will include excursions and social events. In addition to the exposure to cutting-edge research, students selected to participate will receive a travel stipend for one round trip to and from New York City, a housing allowance, a weekly stipend ($600 per week) to cover living expenses and access to research faculty and VR/AR/MR resources to help facilitate their success in the program.  Students interested in the possibility of PhD, women, and others from underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.  Past projects at .  To apply, go to