Programs & Facilites

Undergraduate Research ProgramsUndergraduate

New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP)
“New Mexico AMP is a partnership representing the state’s public two-year postsecondary institutions, including two federally funded institutions serving American Indian students, and the state-supported four-year universities. New Mexico AMP’s goal is to increase the number of minority students who complete their B.S. degrees and who are currently underrepresented in the STEM disciplines.”

Building Research Achievement in Neuroscience (BRAiN)
“New Mexico State University in collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver, is proud to present an exciting new opportunity for junior and senior undergraduate students to perform cutting edge neuroscience and biobehavioral research. NMSU students selected for the Building Research Achievement in Neuroscience (BRAiN) Scholars program will undertake salaried independent research in state-of-the-art laboratories at their home campus in Las Cruces during the academic year, and at the Anschutz Medical Campus Research facilities in Aurora, Colorado during their first summer in the program. BRAiN Scholars also participate in professional development activities in preparation for success in neuroscience careers.”

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
“Supports current and future leaders to advance scientific knowledge, develop education products, and implement outstanding educational practices. Since 2006 the NMSU Biology Department with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), NMSU College of Arts and Sciences and Office of the Vice-President of Research has worked at strengthening science education and bioscience research.”

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
“Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) is a special research training support activity of NIGMS. Its goals are to increase the number and capabilities of scientists from underrepresented minority groups who are engaged in biomedical research and to strengthen science curricula and student research opportunities at institutions with substantial minority enrollments in order to prepare minority students for research careers.”

Graduate Research Programs

NIH MBRS-RISE to the doctorate program
“The NMSU MBRS-RISE to the Postdoctorate Program aspires to augment the interest, skills, and competitiveness of graduate students in pursuit of biomedical and biobehavioral research careers. The long term goal of our program is to increase the number of students who achieve a doctoral (PhD) degree in a biomedical and biobehavioral disciplines.”

Research Facilities

 HerbariumThe Biology Herbarium
The goal of growth for the herbarium is to make the a quality regional and national resource developed within limited availability of funds. For the general collection, emphasis is placed on accessions from New Mexico, surrounding states, the Chihuahua Desert, and the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico. In addition, specimens from anywhere in the world that supported specific faculty and graduate research projects were welcome.”

LEEGLaboratory for Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics (LEEG)
“The ABI Prism 3100 ABI Genetic Analyzer is an automated capillary electorphoresis system that can separate, detect, and analyze up to 16 capillaries of fluorescently labeled DNA fragments in one run. It offers continuous operation with automated polymer and sample injection, separation and detection, and data analysis. The 3100 is capable of running sequence and fragment analysis.”

Microscopic Imaging Core Suit (MICS)MICS

“The multi-user Microscopy Suite (MICS) is part of the Core University Research Resources Laboratory (CURRL), located in Skeen Hall includes modern, digital imaging electron and scanning probe microscopes, a laser scanning confocal microscope and ancillary preparative equipment along with expert guidance and assistance with wide-ranging, multidisciplinary applications. “

Vertebrate Museum

The Vertebrate Museum houses approximately 26,000 specimens, including study skins and skeletons of mammals and birds, reptiles and amphibians preserved in alcohol, karyotype slides, and DNA and tissue samples. The collections are primarily representative of New Mexico and Western states, but they also include specimens from around the world, for use in both research and education. There are opportunities for student involvement in a variety of contexts.