Year 2 Annual Report

Welcome to the Energize New Mexico Year 2 Annual Report, a digital interactive site housing our accomplishments and milestones from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015.

Building on the successes in Year 1, the project invested in more equipment and personnel at participating universities, including hiring more diverse faculty and students. Each Energize New Mexico component team achieved at least 95% of their Year 2 goals set forth in the Strategic Plan, and several teams are ahead of schedule.

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The New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) is a multi-faceted, multi-institutional program aimed at improving the research, human resources, and cyberinfrastructure required for New Mexico to achieve its energy, education, and workforce development potential.

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), NM EPSCoR was established in 2001, and the current grant (Energize New Mexico) began in 2013. In that short time, NM EPSCoR has contributed approximately $108 million to New Mexico in direct EPSCoR awards and co-funded awards. In 2014, NM EPSCoR was the largest NSF-funded project in the state.

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Collaboration is at the heart of Energize New Mexico. The project encourages and supports collaborative efforts across institutions and disciplines. In Year 2, 50 institutions were involved in collaborations with NM EPSCoR, including 5 minority-serving institutions, 2 tribal colleges, 2 national laboratories, and 10 industry partners. In addition to external collaborations, project synergies are developing among colleagues across university departments and between component teams within Energize New Mexico.



Diversity is a key component of all Energize New Mexico program activities. NM EPSCoR's Diversity team created a Diversity Strategic Plan in 2014, and to date the team is hitting their marks. In Year 2, NM EPSCoR achieved the goal of 50% representation by women and underrepresented minorities in all groups except faculty. NM EPSCoR's Diversity Coordinator, in partnership with American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), initiated "Natives in STEM," a project involving the creation and distribution of images and videos of Native American STEM professionals to communities and K–12 classrooms on Native lands.