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 New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge

Starting in 1959 as the NWNM Science & Engineering Fair, the Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge has helped thousands of students and their teachers with scientific research/engineering projects. Winners of these local research competitions move on to regional, state, and potentially international science and engineering fairs.

The Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge is divided into two divisions:

Junior Division
Grades 6 - 8


Senior Division
Grades 9 - 12

Our organization qualifies approximately 80 Junior and Senior Division projects to compete in the CNM State Science & Engineering Fair every year. We then send up to four top-qualifying Senior Division exhibits (individuals and teams) and their sponsoring teachers to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.


In addition to learning about science and engineering, our student exhibitors are introduced into the real world of science, learning first-hand about the scientific method, acquiring the skills to present their projects, understanding the rules of competition and teamwork that exist in the real world of science and technology today. Science and Engineering "Fairs" clearly require students to research and demonstrate scientific principles, a valuable skill that will last a lifetime.

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a national, non-profit, tax exempt organization, devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.

Junior Science And Humanities Symposia

JSHS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (Grades 9-12) conducting research in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.