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

UPN: Undergraduate Pipeline Network Summer Research Experience

Photo: anatomy textbookThe 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 scholars 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

UPN 2019 Program Dates:   May 29 through August 2

Photo of a student doing researchThe 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:

  • Presentation skills
  • Preparing graduate program applications (essay writing and interview skills)
  • Working with mentors
  • Professional skills and research etiquette
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Being a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Understanding options for careers in scientific research

UPN Scholars are exposed to the opportunity to learn about research activities in different settings via the UPN seminar and cohort-building activities.

Photo of a student doing researchUPN Scholars are expected to:

  • Give full-time commitment to their research
  • Attend the weekly seminar series
  • Attend all activities
  • Prepare a poster and present their research at a poster symposium
  • Complete all evaluations in a timely manner
  • Treat all members of the UNM community in a respectful manner, recognizing the impact that their attitude may have on others
  • Promptly seek help regarding any problem s/he is experiencing, at a minimum reporting the problem to someone in a position to help
  • Follow the UNM Code of Conduct. Students who violate this code may be dismissed from the program
  • Submit weekly time sheets approved by their mentor by noon each Friday

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What Participants Say About UPN

UPN Scholars Comments:

  • I would like to thank the program for giving me this opportunity and matching me with such an awesome mentor. Thank you
  • I liked how much I grew as a scientist. I was forced out of my comfort zone and that was beneficial. This experience has provided me with critical reasoning skills that are invaluable as I move forward. Also, the networking was great.
  • My community isn’t full of scholars and this experience gave me the confirmation that I should continue research. At a very basic level, I can be a role model for my community.
  • Thank you for being passionate about what you do by going above and beyond during the UPN program to help us find opportunities and funding for those opportunities. It reminds me that nothing is ever impossible no matter how tough it may seem. Nothing is ever too big to accomplish. I will never forget how much the UPN program  helped me and motivated me by opening new doors and sparking an interest in research.
  • I am very excited for all the wonderful opportunities the UPN program has brought to me. I believe a lot of the UPN students just went to SACNAS conference, I hope that went well! Your program has helped so many of us in so many ways. Thank you!
  • I’m excited to keep pursuing my research goals, and I’m not sure I would be where I am today if it wasn’t for all that I gained from the UPN experience

UPN Mentor Comments:

  • This UPN experience has been truly rewarding this year. My student has been a wonderful addition to the lab. I wish we could keep her.
  • My student has excelled in every aspect of learning: experimental skills, subject knowledge, collegiality with peers and mentors.  Thanks for a great match.
  • Great work with UPN, it was a fabulous summer with my student. Thanks for making this program possible.
  • Keep renewing [the program]!
  • It’s fun to have young people around and watch them grow.
  • It’s a lot of work, and for 10 weeks, you’re worried about them; are they going to succeed and do well? Am I giving them all I can possibly give them? But it’s fun, really fun. 




UPN 2016 Outstanding Poster Award Winners

UPN 2016 Poster Awards

Ryan Dow
University of New Mexico

Project Title: Regulation of Histone Acetylation in Platinum Resistant Ovarian Cancer Cells
Mentors: Sabrina L. Samudio-Ruiz, PhD; Laurie Hudson, PhD, College of Pharmacy

Allison Kirk
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

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

Britney Martinez
Northern New Mexico College

Project title: Glycosylation Patterns of Different Filovirus Glycoproteins Generated in Various Cell Types
Mentors: Steven B Bradfute, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine            

Erica Pascetti
University of New Mexico

Project title: CD82 Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Adhesion and Migration
Mentor: Jennifer Gillette, PhD, Department of Pathology

Jennifer Thompson
University of New Mexico

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

Maria Vigil
University of Notre Dame

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