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It's February, and Spring Break is right around the corner! We are gearing up for our busy spring and summer, including planning for the upcoming All Hands Meeting on May 17th.

NM EPSCoR is also now accepting proposals for Collaborative Innovation Working Groups AND Infrastructure Seed Awards, so scroll down for all the details!

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DOE Announces Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge

This contest is designed to tap into American ingenuity for ideas on how to modify or replace existing processes and procedures, the use of technology, and traditional energy industry practices to improve grid operations, with the goal of making the nation’s Bulk Power System stronger and more resilient. Under this Challenge, DOE’s Office of Electricity will seek ideas from industry, academia, and other innovators.

To Recruit Women In STEM, Offer These 7 Things

Here is new input from women themselves, courtesy of a survey of thousands of women in STEM-related work and a series of one-on-one interviews with a smaller group of women in STEM for a business program at George Mason University. Read more...

Supporting the Re-Entry of Women and Women Veterans in the STEM Workforce

NSF will consider supplemental funding requeststhat support efforts aimed at enhancing the STEM knowledge base, skillset, leadership  capacities, and/or contributions to the STEM enterprise of women following a career break, with women veterans' of particular interest. Read more...

DOE Announces Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge

Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes announced $40M in FY19 funding for the Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI). The GMI, a crosscutting initiative involving all the applied energy offices, focuses on working with public and private partners to develop new tools and technologies that measure, analyze, predict, protect, and control the grid of the future. Read more...


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Illinois

INCLUSION is an opportunity for 10 undergraduate students from underrepresented communities and Minority Serving Institutions to work in pairs with pairs of mentors on interdisciplinary socially-impactful INCLUSION research projects that develop and use open source software (OSS).

Deadline is March 1, 2019.


NM Space Grant Undergraduate Research Scholarship

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship opportunity is open to full time undergraduate students enrolled at any community college or university in the state of New Mexico. Applicants must be majoring in STEM fields. Scholarships are competitively awarded. These awards fund students to work on research at the level of $5,000 for two academic semesters.

Deadline is March 18.


The 2019 DataONE Summer Internship Program

DataONE is pleased to announce the availability of summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates. The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates who have received their degree within the past five years. Given the broad range of projects, there are no restrictions on academic backgrounds or field of study. Interns will receive a stipend of $5,000 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the midterm and one at the conclusion of the program). In addition, required travel expenses will be borne by DataONE. Participation in the program after the mid-term is contingent on satisfactory performance.

Deadline is March 18.



APRIL 1  and  APRIL 12

We have two open Calls for Proposals for the New Mexico EPSCoR SMART Grid Center: Collaborative Innovation Working Groups (C-IWGs) and Infrastructure Seed Awards
C-IWGs primarily support groups of researchers (faculty, post-docs, and students), educators, and/or nationally recognized experts that seek to promote research innovation and integration in the area of smart grids, microgrids, cybersecurity, and cutting-edge research applications for advancing the country’s electricity production and delivery system. 
Infrastructure Seed Awards can be used to purchase research and teaching equipment and to pay for student researcher salaries, research supplies, and student conference travel.


Research Spotlight Forums

A new series of forums to provide an overview of research and needs on specific topics, to foster collaboration between Sandia Labs and New Mexico’s research universities. These events are open to all interested Sandia staff, along with school faculty and students. Read more...

MAY 01
NSF Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students

A supplemental funding opportunity is available in fiscal years FY 2019 and FY 2020 to provide support for non-academic research internships for graduate students to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy. Read more...

MAY 17
NM SMART Grid Center All Hands Meeting

Save the date for the first NM S.M.A.R.T. Grid Center All Hands Meeting! This is the first meeting for the S.M.A.R.T. Grid Center project and all team members and students are required to attend. Registration will open on our website soon!



Our newsletter may be on a brief hiatus in the coming months, because our Public Relations Specialist, Natalie Rogers, is leaving NM EPSCoR in March for a position at the University of New Mexico. But never fear—the newsletter will return!

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