Thank you to everyone who joined us on September 14, 2023 for Grand Challenges Day and the Team Research Symposium. 





9:00 - 10:45 AM


Pro Tips and Tools for Team Research
(Faculty, Postdocs, Staff, and Students Welcome)

This workshop will cover useful team research strategies and tools that can support more collaborative team research projects.

9:00 - 9:45: Team Research Overview

9:45 - 10:45: Breakout Workshops:

1) Navigating the Team Research Environment for Grad Students with Melissa Emery Thompson (Trail/Spirit)

2) Collaboration Plans as a Tool to Define and Communicate Team Member Roles with Hannah Torres (Luminaria)

3) Organizing Engaging Research Coordination Meetings with Selena Connealy (Fiesta A/B)

Fiesta A&B - please note room change
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Undergraduate Student Workshop:

Team Research Using Sound Data Management


Karl Benedict
Professor and Director
Research Data Services
Information Technology Services

Data is integral to any research project, but how is it shared across a collaborative team? Learn how data is organized, the formats and tools used to analyze data, and how to create shared practices at this foundational workshop.

Mirage and Thunderbird


10:45 - 11:00                             B R E A K
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

UNM's Grand Challenges Program

Learn what the Level 1 teams have accomplished, hear about the new Level 2 teams, and celebrate the launch of our newest category 3 institute.

Presenters will include:

Garnett S. Stokes, Ph.D.
President, University of New Mexico

James P. Holloway, Ph.D.
Provost & Executive VP for Academic Affairs

Ellen Fisher, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research

Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences 
CEO, UNM Health System


Introducing the new Level 2 Teams:

Just Transition to Green Energy

Child Health

Sustainable Space Research

SUB Ballroom B&C
12:15 - 1:30 PM

Team Research Student Networking Pizza Lunch

The UNM Undergraduate Student Team Research Competition will be held at the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Conference (UROC) on Friday, April 12, 2024.  This competition ( will be available to all UNM undergraduate students, with the winning team receiving a $2,000 prize, split evenly among all team members.  If you would like to learn more, or would like help forming or finding a team of students with whom to collaborate, please join us for this Networking Lunch.  Free pizza will be provided.

Mirage & Thunderbird
12:30 - 2:00 PM

Grand Challenges Networking: Meet the Teams

Meet the new Grand Challenges Level 2 teams and the researchers in charge of the new category 3 institute. Research support offices will also have tables and will be available to answer questions and describe the types of support available to team researchers across campus.

SUB Ballroom B&C
2:00 - 3:00

Administrators Panel

UNM research administrators will present their research initiatives and priorities, with Q&A to follow.


Julia Fulghum, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Special Assistant for Graduate Education
College of Arts & Sciences


Ellen Fisher, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research 

Hengameh Raissy, PharmD
Interim Vice President for Research 
UNM Health Sciences

Omathanu Perumal, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research

Thomas C. Resta, PhD, FAHA, FAPS
Senior Associate Dean of Research Education
Interim Senior Associate Dean of Research
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Cari Hushman, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean for Research and Distance Education College of Education & Human Sciences

Chris Lippitt, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
College of Arts & Sciences 

SUB Ballroom B -  please note room change


2:00 - 3:00 PM

UNM Student Research Programs Open House

Are you a student looking for research programs? Visit with some of the programs available throughout campus and learn more about how to apply.

Programs in attendance will be:

- Arts & Sciences Support for Undergraduate Research  
  Experiences (ASSURE)

- Black Research 101 – African American Student Services
- Directed Reading Program
- Engineering Student Success Center
- Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
- Museum Research Traineeship
- Undergraduate Pipeline Network – SOMREO

SUB Atrium - please note room change
3:00 - 4:00

Community-Engaged Team Research Panel

UNM researchers will explore different ways communities can engage with research teams and shed light on UNM community engagement initiatives and resources.


Tim Castillo
Director of Community Engagement Initiatives
Office of Academic Affairs


Michaele Pride & Catherine Harris
Design and Planning Assistance Center
School of Architecture and Planning

Maria Lane
R.H. Mallory Center for Community Geography

Katie Dukes Walker
Arts Leadership + Business

SUB Ballroom B - please note room change
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Co-op Collaboration Series:
"How Research Put Me a Step Ahead"

In this special edition of the Co-op Collaboration Series, five current and former students of UNM will share their experiences in participating in interdisciplinary research opportunities at UNM and how those experiences have shaped their education.

Reception to follow.


Sa’angna Mi’ila Gollette
2022-2023 Co-op Team Research Fellow
BA candidate, Earth & Planetary Sciences

Meg Honnold
2022-2023 ASSURE Fellow
BA candidate, Sociology

Abrianna Morales
2022-2023 ASSURE Fellow
BS, Psychology & Criminology, 2022

Andreanna Roros
Museum Research Traineeship
Graduate Student, Earth & Planetary Sciences

Ashley Willis
2022-2023 Co-op Water Fellow
BS candidate, Biology


Lobo A&B

Grand Challenges Day and the Team Research Symposium is presented by

Grand Challenges 



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