November 18, 2019

New Mexico Research Symposium Highlights

student explaining her research to onlooker

Student explaining her research at 2019 NM Research Symposium


By Sara Pichette

What do you get when you combine 19 education institutions, nearly 50 posters, and 150 attendees? The 2019 New Mexico Research Symposium hosted in collaboration with the New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS)!

This year’s Research Symposium, held at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque on Saturday, November 2nd, welcomed attendees from all corners of New Mexico, with students ranging from high school to post-doctoral attending and presenting their research to a diverse audience.

The program kicked off with six oral sessions with topics ranging from Chemical, Physical, and Energy Systems, to STEM Education and the NM SMART Grid Center.  To view the oral session abstracts, click here.

The keynote speaker, New Mexico Higher Education Deputy Secretary of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Gwen Perea Warniment, PhD, gave a rousing call to action and explained the strategic goals of the Higher Education Department under the leadership of governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham.

NMAS, along with the American Chemical Society, presented the 2019 Outstanding Science Teacher Awards. Since 1968, NMAS has recognized science teachers who provide exemplary opportunities for students’ STEM learning. The 2019 awardees are Mark Walker, a biology and forensics teacher at the Early College Academy and Career Enrichment Center in Albuquerque, and Amanda Pacheco-Suazo, a kindergarten teacher at Mission Avenue Elementary School in Albuquerque.

The Research Symposium concluded with a judged poster session, with nearly 50 posters from high school, undergraduate, graduate, post-docs, and faculty. To view the poster abstracts, click here.

Keep an eye out for the New Mexico Journal of Science in early 2020, where all abstracts will be published.

Thank you to all the poster judges, oral session moderators, industry partners, sponsors, and attendees who made this event possible. We look forward to seeing you at the next Research Symposium which will be held on November 7, 2020.

2019 NM Research Symposium poster sessions winners

Undergraduate Student Category

1st Shae Madrid, Northern New Mexico College, "Impact of Hyperglycemia on Germline Stem Cells"

Picture of Shae Madrid in front of her poster
Shae Madrid from Northern New Mexico College

2nd Antonella Riega, University of New Mexico, "Role of the bHLH Transcription Factor ASCL1 in Glial Development"

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Antonella Riega from University of New Mexico

3rd Haily Galindo, Eastern New Mexico University, "Synthesis and Characterization of Ladder-type Penta(p-phenylene) for Organic Solar Cells"

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Haily Galindo from Eastern New Mexico University

Graduate Student Category

1st Vinicius Ortega-Berno, Eastern New Mexico University "A Comparison of Stable Isotope and Fecal Sample Analysis to Study Diet of a Freshwater Turtle"

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Vinicius Ortega-Berno from Eastern New Mexico University

2nd Lauren Zundel, University of New Mexico, "Surface Plasmon Polariton with Flat Top Profiles"

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Lauren Zundel from University of New Mexico

3rd Xiaochan Zhang, Eastern New Mexico University, "Electrochemical Characterization of Olio(p-phenylene)s for Organic Solar Cells"

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Xiaochan Zhang from Eastern New Mexico University