Museum of Southwestern Biology
Museum of Southwestern Biology

The Museum of Southwestern Biology is a research and teaching facility in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico.

open weekdays 8am - 5pm
visitors welcome by appointment
information for visitors

phone: (505) 277-1360
fax: (505) 277-1351
museum administrator


Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

University of New Mexico
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131

Undergraduate Opportunities (UnO): 2007-2012

National Science Foundation funding

This project was partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant NSF-DEB 0731350 starting 08/01/07 and continued through 08/01/12. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


The goal of the Undergraduate Opportunities (UnO) program is to recruit and prepare undergraduate students for graduate study and research careers. All students will have introductory training and then experience concentrated research in their junior and senior years. UnO students will participate in 1 credit-hour seminars each semester that emphasize academic skills, how to gain admission to graduate schools and other topics that will lead to a successful career in biology. UnO undergraduates will work directly with a graduate student and faculty mentor.

Comments from UNO Scholars

"This experience made me more engaged in research and in the campus."

"I was amazed how quickly I learned. My mentors trusted me a lot, more than I thought I deserved. I learned a lot. Watching the others working in the lab - at first I was scared - but now can keep right up with them."

"UnO helped create community. I had more time to think about biology through museum work, on-campus job, and presenting research. You can read about science and stuff, but when you have your own data, it's yours. You're invested in science."

"I got to plan my own project instead of being told what to do. I never saw the big picture before, but now anything is possible."

2012 UnO students

2012 UnO cohort, students and mentors

visit archived UnO website