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What to Expect from UPN

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We understand that making a commitment to a summer program is not something to be decided lightly. We provide this FAQ page in the hopes that your questions will be answered. However, if your particular question is not found here, please feel free to contact us at or (505) 272-1887. We are happy to answer any of your questions.

I am from out of state. If accepted, where will I stay during the program?

The UPN program makes arrangements with the on-campus dorms to reserve a block of rooms for our out-of-state UPN scholars. The dorms are apartment-style and between 4-6 students share an apartment with private bedrooms, living room and a kitchen. The dorm apartments are not co-ed. We try to ensure that UPN scholars are assigned to rooms in the same apartment. The cost of housing is the responsibility of the student.

Can I bring a friend or family member?

No. Only students are allowed to live in the dorms.

Can I bring my car?

Yes, you can bring your car. There is no free parking on campus. Therefore, each car must have a summer parking pass. The cost of this pass is the responsibility of the student.

What is the time commitment for participation in the UPN program?

The UPN program is a full-time commitment for the summer. Our scholars are expected to work 37-40 hours per week in the lab, attend the mandatory seminar and cohort-building activities. Timesheets are required to be submitted to document the student’s hours.

Can I take summer school courses during the program?

The UPN program requires full focus from our scholars. If a student wants to take summer school courses or work or travel with family or on vacation, they should not apply for the UPN program.

Will I be paid for participating in the summer program?

The UPN program provides a $5000 stipend.

If selected, are there any additional requirements I must meet before the start of the program?

In order to ensure our scholars are ready to immediately start on their summer research projects, there are a few pre-program requirements:

  • Apply to UNM as a non-degree seeking undergraduate student for the summer. The application is very simple and does not require transcripts. Once you complete this task, you will become a UNM student with a UNM student id number that will enable us to enroll you in the mandatory 1-unit seminar course and pay your stipend.
  • Complete online trainings that are required by UNM and any additional trainings that your mentor will require which are specific to the work you will be doing in the laboratory. The program will notify you of the online courses that will be required and send you the information on how to access the courses. Trainings cannot be accessed until the scholar has completed the UNM application and received a UNM student id number.
  • Ideally, we will have a mentor match for our scholars about a month before the the program starts. We notify the scholar of the mentor match and require that the scholar send an introductory email to the mentor so a relationship can be started between the mentor and scholar before the start of the program.
  • A 1-2 page informal paper on the mentor's general area of research is required to be submitted by the scholar to the program prior to the start of the program. This is important because it will help the scholar start to become familiar with their mentor's research area and projects.