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Current Issue: November 17, 2003
Volume 39, Number 9

Undergraduate research employment program opens

By Steve Carr

The university will host a campus-wide grand opening for its newest program – PROFOUND, Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1-4 p.m. in Lobo A&B rooms in the Student Union Building (SUB).

PROFOUND, Program of Research Opportunities FOr UNDergraduates, focuses on student employment through research opportunities to increase retention rates.

Other goals are to improve communication and provide unity within the UNM research community and to be a resource for future funding opportunities.

Theresa López, program coordinator, said, “We are putting forth new opportunities.  Undergraduate study does not have to be limited to attending class, taking notes and remembering the information for the exam.”

PROFOUND will serve as a one-stop clearing-house for all externally funded programs on campus that employ students in research.

Interested students can apply online and will be tracked by the office when a faculty member or research group employs them.
Faculty can use the online database of interested students and arrange an interview for possible research employment.

“Of our total sponsored research commitments at UNM, which amounts to more than $250 million per year, over 324 grants have a budget line for undergraduate pay,” said Rob Duncan, associate dean for Research and professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department.

“This makes UNM an excellent place for students to get involved in world class research efforts,” he said.

For more call 277-0528 or visit www.unm.edu/~profound.