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Peering into Distant Galaxies: Behind the Scenes at the Very Large Array

UNM Physics and Astronomy Professor and Interim Associate Vice President for Research, Dr. Trish Henning, led a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico in collaboration with the STEM Collaborative Center. Dr. Henning helped undergrads understand how she uses the VLA to map galaxies that are hidden by our own Milky Way galaxy.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) describes Broader Impacts as being the potential of a research project to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes. Per the NSF, broader impacts may be accomplished through the research itself, through activities directly related to specific research projects, or through activities supported by, yet complementary to the project. Even though the NSF is the only sponsor that specifically names Broader Impacts as an evaluation measure, this desire to improve the world around us through research and other externally funded endeavors is common to most funding opportunities. As a result, the OVPR and FRDO would like to offer their assistance to faculty looking to develop broader impacts strategies to include in their proposals. Use the button below to request support. 

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Outreach and Broader Impact Resources Available at UNM


STEM Collaborative Center

Funded with a 5 year development grant from the Department of Education, the STCC promotes collaboration between UNM faculty, and develops STEM engagement opportunities for first and second year UNM students.

New Mexico EPSCoR

One of NM EPSCoR’s mission is to cultivate a well-qualified and diverse Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and develop a strong culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Through collaborations with organizations ranging from afterschool programs to colleges and universities, from museums to business startup accelerators, NM EPSCoR Education and Outreach programs serve a wide range of audiences across the state. 

NM STEM Connection

Managed by the UNM STEM-H Center for Outreach, Research and Education with support from the NM Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR), the NM STEM Connection provides information about STEM resources for K-12 students, teachers, parents, counselors, and administrators as well as higher education faculty/staff and community members in New Mexico.

ABQ Math Teachers' Circle

The Albuquerque Math Teachers' Circle  supports local teachers who desire to explore mathematical ideas in a fun, encouraging environment. Their meetings provide an opportunity for participants to work on interesting problems, developing their mathematical knowledge, skills, and intuition, with the support of leading mathematicians and scientists from the local community.

UNM Engineering Outreach

The School of Engineering is engaged in a variety of programs to encourage interest and participation in science, technology, engineering, and math. These activities are designed for learners ranging from the very young to teachers. For more information, contact Stefi Weisburd, Outreach Manager at Phone: (505) 272-7971 or (505) 277-5062.

Mission: Graduate

Mission: Graduate is an education partnership that brings together educators, employers, educational support providers, government leaders, and citizens to work on collaborative projects and align organizational practice and policy toward achieving common goals. They seek partners with the interest, experience, and expertise necessary to identify strategies relevant to their seven core outcomes.