The Undergraduate Pipeline Network summer research experience seeks to cultivate students' interest in research while helping them attain skills needed to apply for and succeed in post-baccalaureate education. The program provides the opportunity for students to choose from several areas of research at the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center. The program period covers 10 weeks in the summer and scholarss participate in the program a minimum of 40 hours per week.
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is a cutting edge health research center with more than $145 million in grants each year and more than 20 current clinical trials. New Mexico is rich with scientific and technological capabilities, which allows our researchers to take advantage of nearby resources by combining regional scientific strengths into our programs. UNM faculty and students regularly collaborate with scientists from Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute; and with scientists at New Mexico State University.
Each scholar is mentored during the program by a faculty member. In addition, scholars will have regular contact with a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, medical resident, clinical fellow, or research staff member during the entire period of their program.
Each scholar has a research project that provides the student with sufficient opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to conduct independent research. Scholars will present their research project to the scientific community during the program’s competitive poster symposium.
The UPN Program awards each scholar a summer experience package to cover a stipend, activity fees and some meals. The total package is worth approximately $5,000
The program is designed to cultivate an interest in research through exposure to various types of research, develop of research skills and prepare participants for graduate education in the health and social sciences. It includes elements that strive to increase students’ competency in:
UPN Scholars are exposed to the opportunity to learn about research activities in different settings via the UPN seminar and cohort-building activities.
UPN Scholars are expected to:
Project Title: Regulation of Histone Acetylation in Platinum Resistant Ovarian Cancer Cells
Mentors: Sabrina L. Samudio-Ruiz, PhD; Laurie Hudson, PhD, College of Pharmacy
Project Title: Copy Number Estimation and Localization of Mon1 and Ccz1 in HeLa Cells
Mentors: Tess Shideler, PhD; Angela Wandinger Ness, PhD, Department of Pathology
Project title: Glycosylation Patterns of Different Filovirus Glycoproteins Generated in Various Cell Types
Mentors: Steven B Bradfute, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine
Project title: CD82 Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Adhesion and Migration
Mentor: Jennifer Gillette, PhD, Department of Pathology
Project title: Optimizing the Transfection Efficiency and CRISPR-Mediated Genetic Editing in Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells
Mentors: Dan Purcell PhD; Matthew Fero MD, Department of Internal Medicine
Project Title: Involvement of NOX2 and ROS signaling in rat pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration following chronic hypoxia
Mentors: Laura Weise-Cross, PhD; Thomas C. Resta, PhD, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology