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 Science & Engineering 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 Science & Engineering 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.


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.