• Experience academic research first-hand
  • Engage and create mentoring relationships with faculty
  • Work closely with a graduate mentor
  • Engage with a prestigious community of scholars
  • Graduate school exploration, preparation and site visits during spring break
  • Develop excellent research writing, critical thinking and reading skills
  • Understand and connect critical issues in your community to your field of study
  • $2,000 scholarship upon completion of fellowship requirements


  • Undergraduate student with a minimum of 30 credit hours in progress or completed at time of application. (Second semester Freshmen and beyond)
  • Commit to enrolling at UNM for upcoming academic year (Fall & Spring)
  • Must meet 1 of 3 of the following criteria:

    • Member of an underrepresented ethnic group in higher education
    • First generation college student
    • Qualify as low-income
  •  Please note that this program is open to any student regardless of immigration status


  • Attend orientation the week before the beginning of the Fall semester in August.
  • Attend 8 to 9 bi-weekly seminars each semester, which take place on Fridays from 2-4pm.
  • Attend two Saturday sessions each semester.
  • With guidance, identify a Faculty Mentor of your choice.
  • Attend Experiential Learning Trip during Spring Break (expenses covered).
  • Complete all assigned projects culminating in a Research Proposal.
  • Present Research Proposal at the UNM Undergraduate Opportunities Conference in April 2025.
  • Participate in events provided for El Puente Research Fellows.