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programs: workforce, community, diversity

Investments in programs that support workforce development and community engagement help prepare a new cadre of competitive researchers, innovators, and educators. NM EPSCoR Programs ensure diverse participation in the New Mexico SMART Grid Center and train the next generation of SMART- and micro-grid professionals. Because public support of research is of the utmost importance, NM EPSCoR also engages stakeholders and the general public in topics related to the New Mexico SMART Grid Center.


Four-day residential program to enhance the professional and leadership skills of postdocs and early career faculty in STEM disciplines. Topics addressed in the Early Career Leadership Workshop include: meeting facilitation and leadership, communicating science to the media, getting funding, effective teaching in higher education, career planning, data management, mentoring students, and research ethics. Participants must be post docs or junior faculty who have received their PhD within 5 years of the workshop.

Early Career Leadership Workshops will be available in Year 2 (2019-2020) and Year 4 (2021-2022).

Selena Connealy
Education and Outreach Manager, NM EPSCoR

TSLT is a year-long program for faculty to develop skills for managing collaborative, interdisciplinary, and complex projects. Key elements include: building and leading diverse and productive teams, communication, and strategic planning.

TSLT will be offered in Year 2 (2019-2020) and Year 4 (2021-2022).

Bill Michener
Project Directory, NM EPSCoR

Graduate Externships provide resources for graduate students (with existing assistantships) to spend a semester or summer doing research at a partnering university, national laboratory, or industry facility. Activities may include taking courses at the host institution, conducting research in a host laboratory, and interacting in the host institution’s academic setting.

Graduate Externships will be available in Year 2 (2019-2020) through Year 5 (2022-2023).

Selena Connealy
Education and Outreach Manager, NM EPSCoR

The NMCIT program provides New Mexico’s research community with fundamental data management skills and best practices in software development that can be applied to their own research. A cadre of NMCIT instructors will deliver Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry workshops across New Mexico. Data Carpentry workshop participants learn foundational data skills such as data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning (i.e., QA/QC), data management with SQL, and data analysis in R or Python. Software Carpentry participants learn software development best practices and enabling tools such as the Unix shell, version control, GitHub, and programming in Python, R, or MATLAB.

The NMCIT program will be offered Year 1 through Year 5 (2018-2022).

Jon Wheeler
Assistant Professor and Data Curation Librarian, UNM College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences

SMTC is a comprehensive center for training the next generation of smart- and micro-grid professionals. SMTC activities include the development of curriculum and courses, the launch of new degree and certificate programs, and dissemination of best practices to other two- and four-year academic institutions in New Mexico and beyond.

Camilla Bustamante
Dean, School of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability, Santa Fe Community College

STEMAP engages students from New Mexico’s regional universities, community colleges, and tribal colleges in NM SMART Grid Center research. STEMAP 8-week internships take place over the summer, and students have the opportunity to participate in research and training activities in the academic year immediately following their internships. STEMAP internships will begin in Summer 2020.

STEMAP will be offered Year 2 through Year 5 (2020-2023).

Laura Boucheron
Associate Professor, College of Engineering, NMSU


NM EPSCoR partners with Explora, a local science museum, to engage the public in NM SMART Grid research topics. NM PIP builds support for, and awareness of, smart grid solutions and related education and career pathways by engaging youth and the general public in hands-on programs at informal science education venues. Additionally, Explora will train a cadre of scientists as Outreach Fellows to develop hands-on activities and materials for use in public demonstrations, school outreach programs, science cafes, and science festivals.

Amy Green
Project Manager, Explora!

The New Mexico Research Symposium, collaboratively hosted with the New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS), is an annual conference with oral presentations, a poster competition, and a keynote address. The conference is geared to undergraduate and graduate students from New Mexico’s colleges and universities. Presentation and poster abstracts are published in the New Mexico Journal of Science. View the Journal of Science on the NMAS Website, and view previous conference websites here: 2017 Symposium | 2018 Symposium

Natalie Rogers
Public Relations Specialist, NM EPSCoR

Small awards (<$7,500) to support working groups in SMART grid research innovation and training/learning activities. C-IWG awards generally support groups of 8 to 12 individuals working together for two to three days to integrate disciplines, institutions, models, testbeds, and/or approaches to modernizing the electricity grid.

Solicitations for C-IWG proposals will be issued yearly in the spring.

Anne Jakle, Associate Director, NM EPSCoR