The University of New Mexico will be hosting National Science Foundation Day in New Mexico from 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. today in the Student Union Building.

According to the NSF Day in NM website, the event is intended to help early career and tenure track faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers learn more about the NSF’s proposal process in order to make themselves more competitive when applying for funding.

The event’s agenda stated that the day’s activities will include informative talks on how to write a successful proposal, breakout sessions and a discussion panel featuring NSF-funded researchers from around New Mexico.

Laura Crossey, an earth and planetary science professor at UNM, will be one of the NSF-researchers participating in this panel. Crossey was chosen to speak because of her success at consistently obtaining NSF funding. One project she worked on received over 2 million dollars in NSF funding.

Crossey said this event will be important when it comes to helping researchers learn from each other, expand their network and to exemplify the work being done at UNM.

“This event can help other researchers learn from successful examples at their own institution, as well as meet with representatives from NSF to expand their professional network,” she said. “It can also help to show our community in New Mexico the types of exciting and important work we do at UNM, and highlight the involvement of students in this work — maybe even our state legislators can get an impression of UNM success.”

Mikhaela Smith is a news reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at or on Twitter @MikhaelaSmith18.