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STEM Advancement Program

The STEM Advancement Program (STEMAP) engages students from New Mexico’s regional universities, community colleges, and tribal colleges in the research funded by the New Mexico SMART Grid Center at UNM, NMSU, and NMT. Up to 12 students are selected to participate each summer; benefits include a $4,000 stipend, housing, and meal allowance. Academic year opportunities includes support to present at state, regional, and national conferences, a webinar series, and continued research activities back at your home campus with a faculty mentor.

Potential projects include

  • Simulating an electric power system using hardware-in-the-loop and microgrid testbeds.
  • Studying the public’s perceptions about new energy technologies (e.g., solar panels or smart meters) by extracting data from social media.
  • Developing a smart home scheduler to minimize energy consumption by using information about available smart devices and user preferences.
  • Visually analyzing smart grid data and find frequent patterns of energy usage using new methods for time-series data processing.
  • Studying adversarial machine learning attacks on smart grid infrastructure to improve efficiency and resilience to such attacks.
  • Studying the use of block chains (the same technology used for BitCoin) for energy trading in the smart grid.


Each summer, students work in pairs to participate in SMART Grid research at the main campuses of NMSU, NMT, or UNM. Students are expected to work about 40 hours a week, and are mentored by faculty and grad students.
Training, June 1 to 5, 2020
Students take part in a week of training workshops. Topics include introduction to SMART Grid research areas, research ethics, communication, data management, and technical areas such as computer coding and power systems.
STEMAP Research, June 8 to July 22, 2020
Student teams work with NM SMART Grid-funded faculty and students at their respective research sites at NMSU, NMT, or UNM main campuses.
End of the Summer Symposium, July 24, 2020
Students present their research to their research teams, faculty, mentors, family, and friends.

Summer Benefits! $4,000 stipend, campus housing (family housing may be available), meal allowance, and 3 credits of independent study from NMSU.

Academic Year

STEMAP students may choose to continue their participation through conference presentations, webinar series, and extended research.
Conference Presentations
Students receive travel support to present their STEMAP research at state, regional, and national conferences.
Students participate in monthly webinars on topics such as developing effective science posters and abstracts, applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and mentoring.
Extended Research
Students continue their STEMAP summer research work with a sponsoring faculty member at their home campus. Sponsoring faculty members are eligible for a $3,000 stipend.


Undergraduate students who will not earn a bachelor’s degree before August 2020, are either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, and are enrolled at any college in New Mexico (except for the main campuses of NMSU, NMT, and UNM). Students at all Diné College campuses are eligible to apply. Competitive applicants will demonstrate successful completion of coursework in one or more of the following: computer science, programming, engineering, and/or mathematics.

Application Information

  1. Request or download an unofficial transcript from your current college or university. Save as a PDF.
  2. Find at least one faculty member who is willing to be contacted to provide you with a reference. Make note of their phone number and email address to include in the application. Tell your references to expect an email from NM EPSCoR with the subject line “Reference Request for STEMAP Program.”
  3. Draft and edit your responses to the Essay Questions in a word processing program. You will not be able to save your work and return to complete the application.
  4. Fill out the application.
  5. Review your application before hitting the submit button; your application can only be submitted once.

We will send you a confirmation email and contact your references after your application is submitted.


Application due February 21, 2020


STEMAP Flyer  
Application Instructions  

Sara Pichette
(505) 850-4521

STEMAP Application

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