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Success Stories from May

This month we are celebrating numerous awards received by project team members in May. Ranging from institutional to international, the awards make it clear just how many Jedi Masters are on the NM SMART Grid Center team. Read on to learn about the good news from Laura Boucheron, David Breeker at Microgrid Systems Laboratory, Jay Misra, David Mitchell, and Sevtlana Poroseva...
child playing with exhibitPlay with Explora's New Traveling Exhibition

"The SMART Grid: The future of our power grid"

Join Explora educators for this free in-person workshop on June 2 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm for educators, librarians, and out-of-school time providers. Register here! 
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NMNetZero: The 1.5° Energy Imperative 
Take a holistic look at the challenges and opportunities presented by New Mexico’s transition to Net Zero emissions by 2050, and the role energy must play in this and holding global warming to 1.5 degrees. Hosted by SFCC and free to attend! Learn more and register here!
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Out to Innovate Scholarships (Undergrad & Grad)
The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals is offering multiple scholarships to LGBTQ+ or LGBTQ-supportive students currently enrolled in a STEM or STEM-related fields. Amounts: $2k - $5K per year
Deadline: June 4    
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship (Undergrad & Grad)
Established to encourage and support lesbians in their pursuit of higher education.
Amount: $4k 
Deadline: June 10    
2023 Collegiate Wind Competition (Undergraduates)
Students from a range of disciplines represent their schools as they design, build, and test a prototype wind turbine; develop a site plan and cost-of-energy analysis for a wind farm; and conduct outreach with the wind energy industry, their local communities, and local media outlets. 
Deadline: June 20    
Call for Papers: New Mexico Journal of Science (Undergrad & Grad)
The New Mexico Journal of Science is accepting papers for consideration for our upcoming issue. All papers are subject to a peer review process. There is no cost to authors for publishing and all previous papers can be open source accessed. Papers can be from a variety of scientific disciplines. All novel and previously unpublished work will be considered for publication.
Deadline: July 15    
Patsy Takemoto Mink Scholarship (Tech Degree thru PhD)
Open to low-income women with children who are pursuing their first degree at any level. For example, applicants must be pursuing a first vocational degree/certificate; OR a first associate's degree; OR a first bachelor's degree; OR a first progressional/master's/doctoral degree. Amount: Up to $5k 

Deadline: Aug 1   
NSF: Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) Program Solicitation
Contains two new program areas: (1) Data Storage and (2) Regional Computing. Who can submit: Institutions of Higher Education and non-profit, non-academic organizations. 
Amounts: Data Storage - up to $500k for up to 2 years; Regional Computing - up to $1M total for up to 2 years.

Deadline: June 27   
NSF: Resilient & Intelligent NextG Systems Virtual Organization (RINGS-VO)
Goal: To set up a virtual organization to serve researchers funded by the RINGS program and to facilitate coordination, collaboration, and community-building across academia, government, and industry.
Requirements: Limited to ONE submission per organization
Amount: Up to $1,000,000 total for up to 3.5 yrs
Deadline: Aug 1   
DoD: DEPSCoR - Research Collaboration
Goal: To create basic research collaborations between a pair of researchers and introduce potential applicants to the DoD's unique research challenges and its supportive research ecosystem. Amount: Up to $300K per year for 3 years.
White Paper (required) Deadline: Sep 19   

CALENDAR DATE ICON| June 2 | Explora SMART Grid Exhibit Workshop

In-person Explora/NM EPSCoR Event!
Join Explora educators from 1-2:30 pm to learn all about the future of our state's power grid. In addition you will get to play with Explora’s new traveling exhibition “The SMART Grid.” Register for free here.

CALENDAR DATE ICON| June 11 | Meet a Scientist @ Explora

In-person Explora/NM EPSCoR Event!
Join us at Explora for this fun and family friendly event! NM SMART Grid Center activities will be on display and who knows what else....Last time there was liquid nitrogen and marshmallows. Details will be on the Explora website closer to the date. 

CALENDAR DATE ICON| June 11-18 | New Mexico Science Fiesta

In-person Event!
Join us at the largest celebration of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) in the state. More info here!

CALENDAR DATE ICON| June 22 | DEPSCoR Solicitation Webinar

Virtual Event
The Department of Defense EPSCoR program is hosting a webinar info session for their 2022 Capacity Building and Research Collaboration solicitations. Participants must register and there will be a Q&A session with program officers. More info here...

CALENDAR DATE ICON| June 23 & 24 | Distributed Energy Summit 22'

Virtual SFCC & NM EPSCoR Event
NMNetZero: The 1.5° Energy Imperative. More info here!

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