Admissions

Apply ButtonIn order to be considered for the upcoming UPN cohort your complete application package must be received by the deadline of February 1.  A complete application package includes the completed online UPN application AND the following additional documents:

  • A copy of your transcripts from every college or university you've attended.
  • A copy of your academic resume/CV
  • Your personal statement about why you would like to be considered for the Summer Research Experience. Please ensure to address your career goals and reasons for wanting to engage in summer research.
  • The UPN Program requires one (1) letter of recommendation before the February 1 deadline to complete your application package. Provide the name and contact information for your reference, in your online UPN application. Ideally, your reference should be either a faculty member at an institution of higher learning or a recent research mentor. Additionally, they should be able to comment on your current ability to perform academically and/or on your recent research experience.
  • It is your responsibility to contact your referee with instructions to send your letter of recommendation directly to the UPN program via email (somreo@salud.unm.edu) Subject line should read "UPN Recommendation for XXXX (XXXX=your name)" from their official university or business email.
  • It is also your responsibility to ask for your letter of recommendation before you submit the referee information on the application and to ensure that your letter of recommendation is received by SOMREO prior to the February 1st deadline.
  • All components of the UPN Application are due no later than February 1.
  • Your reference may be contacted by us to verify information provided by you or your recommender.

UPN Applications are due no later than February 1.

 

Students must:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Be an enrolled undergraduate at the time of the program and a graduation date no earlier than the December following the program.
  • Currently attend a college or university in the United States.
  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder).

While there are no definitive quantitative requirements, we are looking for highly-qualified students with an interest in:

  • Infectious Disease & Immunity
  • Brain & Behavioral Neurosciences
  • Cancer Biology
  • Environmental Toxicology & Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease
  • Community Based/Health Disparities

All students who satisfy the above qualifications are welcome to apply to the UPN program.

Students who are a part of the following categories are highly encouraged to apply:

  • Underrepresented students: Students who are from an underrepresented group in the sciences as defined by NIH. If you have any questions about eligibility you may contact us at SOMREO@salud.unm.edu to determine if you qualify.
  • New Mexico:
    • All students who attend colleges and universities in New Mexico.
    • New Mexico Residents who attend out-of-state colleges and universities.
  • All students who attend Minority-serving Institutions this includes:
  • Alaska: All students who attend colleges and universities in Alaska.
  • Idaho: All students who attend colleges and universities in Idaho.
  • Montana: All students who attend colleges and universities in Montana.
  • Nevada: All students who attend colleges and universities in Nevada.
  • Wyoming: All students who attend colleges and universities in Wyoming.
If you have any questions about eligibility you may contact us at SOMREO@salud.unm.edu to determine if you qualify.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application within 5 business days once we have received all of the following items:

  • Completed Online Application
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Academic Resume (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Unofficial transcripts