How many hours do I work per week? Will I work nights and weekends?

Students work typically 40 hours per week however that varies with each project needs. Some projects require early morning, late night or weekend work, which should be included in the project description as well as detailed by the researcher during the interview process. In addition, there are one-hour to two-hour educational workshops and seminars held one to three evenings per week after dinner. All participants are required to attend these educational programs.

What are students paid?

Student compensation includes the following: A stipend of $5,000 for the 11-week session (paid every 2/3 weeks);free furnished housing at the UNM Sevilleta Field Station.
* NOTE: Stipends are paid by the University of New Mexico. The Unversity does not take out federal or state income taxes or social security taxes. The University will submit payment information to the IRS and the students will receive a 1099 Form. Students should plan accordingly, because this income is taxable.*

Will I be reimbursed for travel costs?

Students who travel to the UNM Sevilleta Field Station by their own arrangements will be reimbursed for travel costs up to $500 for one round trip between the Field Station and either their home or school address. If traveling by car, only mileage equal to the cost of a round trip flight will be reimbursed. Travel arrangements can be made by the Administrative Assistant if you are flying, so you won't have any out of pocket expenses.

I am not enrolled in an undergraduate program, am I still eligible to apply?

Our funding is for students who are enrolled in a 2 or 4 year colleges. Students who have completed their associates degree (2 year program) and are going on to get a bachelor's degree (4 year program) are encouraged to apply and will be considered as part of the general applicant pool.
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What if I can not begin until after the program start date? What if I need to leave early?

Most projects require that students start with the program and stay for the full 11 weeks. Occasionally, a mentor needs students that start either a week early or a week later than the program. If this is your situation, please note the date you will be available on your application clearly in the top of your personal essay.


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