Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement Information Collection and Use

The UNM STEM-H CORE and STEM-H Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM-H) collects information from our users at several different points on our website. STEM-H is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not disclose this information to any organization except as disclosed in this statement.


This site's registration forms requires users to give us contact information (like their name and email address). This information is necessary for specific applications so that we can keep track of your forms submissions, registrations and volunteer information. For example, teachers and schools are gathered in order to ascertain eligibility for science fair events. Unique identifiers (such as the user's email address) are collected to verify the user's identity and for use as a unique user name in our record system.
Due to the nature of our work, we ask that minors (in junior and senior high school or home schooled) complete the registration information ("ONLINE REGISTRATION"), which includes the name of the student’s school and teacher’s name. If the school or teacher is not available to the student, we ask that the student call us at (505) 277-4916 as soon as possible, and we will add the missing information here in our offices. This is to keep our school/teacher database accurate and eliminate the inevitable duplications that would result from students entering their school names and teachers in various formats.


This site requires cookies to be enabled on the user's browser. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that the site uses to track the pages you have visited. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. For instance, by setting a cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site.
Information Sharing with Sponsoring Organizations
We do not share any user and/or aggregated information with other organizations.


This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site. This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that STEM-H is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.


This website takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line. When our registration form asks users to enter sensitive information, that information is encrypted. While on a secure page, the lock icon on the bottom of web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked. While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our users' information, not just the sensitive information, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. All employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. When new policies are added, our employees are notified and /or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our users information is protected. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment.

Social Security Numbers

When a student registers for the Research Challenge, we do not ask for their social security number; it is not mandatory at that time. However, if the student wins a cash or savings bond award, we are required by UNM and/or the US Treasury Department to obtain the student's social security number (SSN) as our Tax ID Number. Award winners for whom we do not receive a social security number by May 1st will forfeit their award. We have been forced to implement this procedure in order to ensure that all award processing can be completed by June 30, which is the end of our Fiscal Year.
If you have any question about the security of our website, you can contact: 

STEM-H Center for Outreach, Research, & Education
MSC 09 5233 - HSSB Suite 102
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131‐0001

(505) 277-4916


Consistent with the requirements of COPPA, on any child-targeted site or application, or in any instance where we ask for age and determine the user is age 12 or under, we will ask for a parent or guardian email address before we collect any personal information from the child. If you believe your child is participating in an activity that collects personal information and you or another parent/guardian have NOT received an email providing notice or seeking your consent, please feel free to contact us at

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes so our users are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected. This Privacy Statement was last updated July 20th, 2016.