Upcoming Events

Grand Challenges Kickoff

September 1, 2022 (12pm-2pm - SUB Ballrooms B & C)

Mark your calendars for the Grand Challenges Kickoff taking place on Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. This in-person event will take place at the Student Union Building (Ballrooms B & C) on main campus. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the Grand Challenges Level 1 teams, ask questions about their projects, and see their progress thus far. Come experience how the Grand Challenges program contributes to the UNM research enterprise. RSVP today!

Appetizers and beverages will be provided. 


Grand Challenges Program Focuses on Interdisciplinary Research Discussions

You are invited to participate!

A series of fun, short discussions are being held around interdisciplinary research areas of interest. There is no obligation for those who attend and all faculty, researchers, creative artists, and post-docs are invited to participate. Information on the first two discussions is below. The easiest way to learn about future discussions is to join our Listserv at Grand Challenges | The University of New Mexico (unm.edu)

If you would like to contribute an idea for discussion or are seeking others to join in your interdisciplinary research, please either complete a survey or email Anita at grandchallenges@unm.edu .

The Team Research Symposium on April 19-21, 2022 will kick-off a re-envisioned Grand Challenges program. Teams will be able to apply for the new Phase I Grand Challenge, which will provide support for a year of team building and planning activities, positioning interdisciplinary research teams for success. Additional information on this opportunity will be available soon.


  • Human Rights Research: Basic Needs in Higher Education

    The first meeting will be held via Zoom at 4 pm on March 8th

The Grand Challenges Program invites you to join in a conversation about research that addresses human rights challenges in higher education.

Preliminary research results regarding food and housing insecurity are garnering considerable attention at the state level including at the legislative and policy level. Addressing the basic needs of higher education students is a national-level problem that requires an interdisciplinary approach to truly understand and address this challenge.

Please join us for discussions about the teams’ current work and future possibilities to collaborate. Researchers and creative artists from all disciplines and across all UNM campuses are welcome and encouraged.

For more information on this meeting or to share ideas for similar future discussions, contact Anita at grandchallenges@unm.edu.

For more information on research on Basic Needs in Higher Education, please contact Sarita Cargas at cargas@unm.edu.

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  • Improving STEM Education and STEM Education Research

    The first meeting will be held via Zoom from 12-1 on Wednesday, March 9th

The Grand Challenges Program invites you to join in a conversation about STEM Education challenges and STEM Education Research.

From Quantum Sciences to resiliency against climate changes to securing our national defense, strong and effective pathways into STEM careers are necessary to support our state economy and to assure that our students have access to good jobs now and into the future. We are seeking to bring together researchers and faculty from across disciplines to discuss interdisciplinary research opportunities addressing this challenge in our state and country.

Please join us for discussions about the teams’ current work and future possibilities to collaborate. Faculty, post-docs, researchers, and creative artists from all disciplines and across all UNM campuses are welcome and encouraged.

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