Biomedical Research Education Programs

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
UNM Health Sciences Center (North Campus) Reginald Heber Fitz Hall (Building 211)
Room B61

Phone: (505) 272-1887
Fax: 505-272-8738


Application Information

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IMPORTANT: Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis. Our interview visit will be held on April 26, 2017. Please complete your applications as soon as possible in order to be considered for the 2017 cohort.

Before you begin, it will be helpful to gather the following documents and information:

  • Your current contact information, date of birth, and gender
  • Curriculum Vitae or biographical sketch
  • Your preferred ASERT mentors and start date
  • Contact information for 2 references
  • Documentation of degree credentials, if Ph.D. has been conferred
  • Graduate transcript (may be unofficial)
  • Specifics of your graduate degree
  • Dissertation title
  • Descriptions of:
    • Any prior or current post-doctoral positions
    • Your current research project
    • Your overall research interests
    • Long-term research goals
    • Your previous teaching experiences
    • Areas of interest in teaching
    • Long-term goals as an educator
    • How your participation in ASERT will enable you to achieve your career goals
    • How your previous experiences have prepared you to participate in the ASERT program


Fax: 505-272-8738

          BREP Office
          MSC08 4560
          1 University of New Mexico
          Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

ASERT Eligibility

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Required qualifications:

  • Must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent in another country, within one year of application to ASERT.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent U.S. resident.
  • Have a strong interest in developing outstanding teaching as well as research skills.

We especially encourage qualified applicants from underrepresented minority groups to apply.

Desired qualifications:

  • Interest in teaching at institutions that serve underrepresented minorities.
  • Demonstrated or expressed interest in team-based approaches to teaching.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Prior teaching experience (such as teaching assistantships or other forms of apprenticeship).

Health Science Center postdoctoral fellows not in the ASERT-IRACDA program may participate in ASERT with agreement of their research mentors. In such cases, fellows may gain teaching experience through numerous opportunities at UNM.

ASERT Application Instructions

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For best consideration, please submit application materials by the third week in March.

Complete the online ASERT application.

Send the following as an email attachment (PDF) to Elaine Manzanilla at

  • Curriculum Vitae or biographical sketch
  • Graduate transcript (may be unofficial)
  • Documentation of degree credentials, if Ph.D. has been conferred

photo: UNM StudentWhat to Expect in the ASERT Program

This online application gives you the flexibility to complete your application all at once or to work on it a little at a time.

  • If you wish to work on only one portion of the application at a time, or come back and edit your answers at a later time, you may do so by closing your browser.
  • You must have cookies enabled to use this feature.
  • Your Internet browser must be set to save the browser history when you close.
  • You must return to the same computer.

Navigate through the pages using the "Next" and "Prev" buttons at the bottom of each page, not the back and forward arrows on your browser.

DO NOT click the "Done" button until you are satisfied that you have answered all the questions.

  • Once you have clicked the "Done" button, your application will be submitted as is and you will not be able to make changes.
  • Please remember to proof-read your entire application before you click the "Done" button.

Selection of ASERT Fellows will be made by the Executive Advisory Committee.

If you have any questions about the ASERT program and/or the application process, please email Elaine Manzanilla at