Programs

The UNM STEM-H Center is part of the UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity and is responsible for the management of many programs for New Mexico.

Central NM STEM Research Challenge is a two division(middle school and high school students), multiple category regional student competition of science and engineering projects. The Central NM STEM Research Challenge allows students to compete for the chance to participate in the State Science & Engineering Fair and sends up to four top qualifying students and their teacher/sponsors to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). A 4th /5th Grade Research Expo is also hosted during the Research Challenge.

Central NM Regional Science Olympiad tournament is a rigorous academic interscholastic competition that consists of a series of individual and team events, for which students prepare during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology/life sciences, earth science, chemistry, physics, engineering, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and hands on applications.

The UNM STEM-H Center manages the SW Region Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS). The Junior Science & Humanities Symposium is a national competition program designed to challenge and engage students in grades 9-12 in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts orally before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, career panel discussions, research lab visits and/or networking are planned as part of the event. JSHS is a collaborative effort with the research arm of the Department of Defense, administered in cooperation with colleges/universities nationwide.

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The STEM-H Educator Professional Development Workshops & Online Courses provide educators with opportunities to engage in face to face professional development workshops including Research Challenge Bootcamp, Project Management for STEM-H Educators, & Preparing for Competition Judging. Additionally, several FREE online courses are available including Research Challenge Bootcamp, Managing Local STEM-H Competitions, Safety & Ethics in Student Research, and more are in development!

The STEM-H Student Researcher Bootcamp Workshops, run in partnership with Explora Science Center, provide middle and high school student researchers with project development skills/ support/resources along with additional available workshops in Responsible Conduct of Research, Judging Preparation, Animal Protections in Research, Human Protections in Research, and more.