Check Out Our Past Events

STEM University offers free events and projects for UNM undergraduate students to explore different UNM STEM degrees and STEM career options. Some of our past activities include:

Alternative Processing Workshops

In the Cyanotype and Tintype workshops, students learned about the background and chemical processes of these historical mediums by processing their own photographs.


Field Parasitology and Museums: A Day in the Life of a Parasite

Students gained field and laboratory experience by collecting snails at the Rio Grande Nature Center and examined, processed and cataloged the sample parasites into the Museum of Southwestern Biology’s Division of Parasites for preservation and for future work.


Launchpad New Mexico: Tour Spaceport America-Home of Virgin Galactic

Students visited the world's first commercial Spaceport in southern New Mexico, where they got an up-close look at the state-of-the-art facility.


Up Close and Personal with 3D Technology: Scanning, Virtual Reality, and Printing

Students scanned a carpal bone for a mock forensic case and toured 3D Proven Systems for an up-close look at the 3D printing process.


Explore the Army Air Corps 509 Composite Group

Participants gained insight into the Army Air Corps 509th Composite Group's role in the deployment of the Fat Man and Little Boy atomic bombs.


Make Smartphones Smarter: Design an App

Students learned the foundational concepts related to designing smartphone apps by brainstorming app ideas, conducting preliminary market analysis, and identifying the skill sets required to contruct their proposed app.


Donut Days

We invited students to take a break from their hectic week of final exams to enjoy donuts and coffee.


Explore Intel New Mexico

Touring the Intel facility in Rio Rancho, students were exposed to emerging technologies they may also experience in future STEM internships and careers.


Insight Into the Manhattan Project at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

Retired physicist Duane Hughes provided insight into the science and history of the Manahattan Project, which led to the creation of the atomic bomb and its detonation at the Trinity Site.


Shake It Up in Engineering: Shake Table, Sensing Technology & Website Creation

Students developed websites using the WordPress content management system to enable remote access to engineering experiments, including projects using a shake table and sensing technology.


Tour the Trinity Site: Experience the Birth of the Atomic Age

Students visited the Trinity Site, location of the first atomic bomb detonation, to learn about the science and history behind the Manhattan Project.


Walking Tour #2 The Museum of Southwestern Biology

Students explored the Museum of Southwestern Biology with a guided tour led by Senior Collection Manager Jonathan Dunnum.


Wind & Solar Energy: Tour UNM Labs & North American Wind Research Center in Tucumcari

This multiple-day event exposed students to the science and technology behind wind and solar energy production, as well as how research in this field is being conducted in New Mexico. Students got a first-hand look at the inside of a wind turbine at the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico.


Exploring the Geologic Time Record in the Rocks of New Mexico

Students visited some of the most prominent geologic formations New Mexico has to offer with Dr. Jason Ricketts. After exploring these active research sites, we camped out for the night and returned to examining more of the fantastic landscape the next day.


Understanding the Impact of Invasive Species on the Rio Grande

Students visited the Rio Grande Nature Valley Center where they identified microorganisms and investigated the impact of the invasive species on the Bosque. Students documented observations in a lab notebook which they later used to synthesize their observations.


Observing Life Zone Changes at the Sandia Mountains

Students explored the Sandia Mountains and observed how flora and fauna are impacted by changes in elevation. Students documented observations in a lab notebook which they later used to synthesize their observations.


Sandia Day at the Advanced Materials Lab

Students visited Sandia National Laboratories’ Advanced Materials Lab and spoke with a panel of Sandia’s current undergraduate STEM interns. Sandia’s scientists talked about their cutting edge research and took us on tours of their laboratories.

Materials Lab

Considering a Career in Medicine

In six one-hour sessions, students learned how to explore medicine as a profession through class discussions and speaking with practicing medical professionals. In addition, students acquired useful tips about developing a strong medical school application.

Medical Career

Conducting Field Transects and Bird Surveys at Bosque del Apache

Students observed birds and other flora and fauna at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Students documented observations in a lab notebook which they later used to synthesize their observations.


ABQ Start-Up Tour

Students traveled to Downtown Albuquerque to speak with resident entrepreneurs at FatPipe and ABQid. Students learned about how their careers have lead them down a successful path to entrepreneurship.


Peering into Distant Galaxies: Behind the Scenes at the Very Large Array

Dr. Trish Henning led us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico. Dr. Henning helped students understand how she uses the VLA to map galaxies that are hidden by our own Milky Way galaxy.


Tour of Wastewater Reclamation Plant & Water Quality Lab

Students toured Albuquerque’s Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant and Water Quality Lab to learn about the vital roles chemists, engineers, and other scientists play in the waste water treatment process.


Exploring a Supervolcano: Intro to Geology & Hydrology Research at the Valles Caldera

Students visited the Soda Dam and New Mexico’s 13 mile wide volcanic caldera with Dr. Laura Crossey. We tested the chemical composition of the water and explored the wild terrain carved into the landscape by both volcanic eruptions and water erosion.


Ancient History: Introduction to Archeology Research at the Valles Caldera

Dr. Ana Steffen took us to a prehistoric obsidian quarry in the Valles Caldera National Preserve to discover how anthropologists and archaeologists use the volcanic glass to determine the age of sites, and how volcanic chemistry holds the key to prove where artifacts were made.


Field Days at Bosque del Apache & Parasite Laboratory Research

Students traveled to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with Dr. Sara Brant to collect hosts for parasites (snails). Students, then, examined and processed the samples to submit them to the Museum of Southwestern Biology's Division of Parasites for preservation. Students completed the same trip and lab work in both June and July to observe how parasites affect their hosts over time.


Searching for Extraterrestrials: Field Day at El Malpais & Laboratory Sessions

Students collected microbial samples at El Malpais National Monument’s Four Windows cave. Then, students analyzed their samples in Dr. Northups’ biology laboratory in order to understand what kinds of bacteria survive in such hostile places.


Playing with Water: Water Day at UNM

This event exposed students to hands-on activities related to research conducted by UNM’s Center for Water and the Environment (CWE). The Center conducts cutting-edge research into technological and engineering-based solutions to problems with water and the environment experienced by the State of New Mexico and the southwestern United States.


Tech Con

Tech Con is a free technology conference, that offered exposure to various industries and current local research. It was a great opportunity to meet with technology recruiters and professionals.


Robotics and Future Swarms

Students took a tour of the MARHES Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). There they learned about mobile sensor networks and cooperative control of unmanned robotic vehicles.


Trip to Meow Wolf: STEAM & Art in Santa Fe

The trip to Santa Fe begin with the exhibiton "The Mouse in the Machine" at the Thoma Foundation, followed by a tour of the makers space at Meow Wolf, to see the tools which have made their exhibition possible.


FUSE Makerspace Trip

Located at CNM campus, FUSE makerspace and fabrications lab is a community center which provides tools that allow participants to design, prototype, and create manufactured work. On this trip, students learned how to 3D print, laser cut, etch, and silk screen print a t-shirt.


Discover Your Science

Discover Your Science (DYS) was a festival for students to meet faculty and staff members who can help guide their educational career. The festivals goal was to help students explore different science-related professions, while staying engaged in exciting science-related activities throughout the year.


Drones: Using Technology to Create Mixed Realities

Students learned the skills of connecting a 3D-360O camera system to a quadcopter drone to produce a short 3D video, at the COSMIAC Research Center.  This event included a 1-day field trip to fly quadcopter drone.


EPIC Donut Day

A large mixer for all UNM students, staff, faculty and various members of the local Albuquerque science and engineering community. Some activities included AFRL and I AM STEM award winner presentations.


Designer Strawberries: Extracting DNA and Exploring Biotech Careers

SACNAS Lobos talked to studentsabout  interest in biology and biotechnology. They also gave students hands-on experience in extracting DNA from strawberries.


Tour of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

AFRL Scientists lead students on tours of various laboratory facilitates including Satellite Testing, Lasers, High-Powered Microwaves and Optics. Students also learned about internship and scholarship opportunities with AFRL.


AFRL Mixer

An info session and mixer where mentors (AFRL scientists/engineers) were on hand to answer mentees questions (UNM Students). The event took place in the STEM Collaborative Center Classroom.


Life in 3D: a 3D Printing Workshop

Students participated in an interactive hands-on 3D printing workshop lead by FUSE Makerspace member Matthew Barbato. They learned the fundamentals of 3D printing including software, equipment, and a live demonstration.


"So, you want to be a STEM intern?"

Students learned how to land a competitive STEM internship in this 3-part workshop series provided by TVC Talent. Sessions focused on topics such as how to find internships, acing the application process, and interview strategies.