Welcome to the Museum Research Traineeship

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is excited to offer an innovative, interdisciplinary, graduate-level education and research experience through the Museum Research Traineeship (MRT).

The program centers on interpreting and characterizing museum objects, such as biological specimens, pottery sherds, fossils, geological samples, and associated data.  It is designed to educate, train, and provide opportunities for students to work with an intellectually and culturally diverse community of students, faculty, and partners to develop new ways to interpret and integrate museum objects and data into exciting scientific endeavors in scientific inquiry.

The MRT will prepare trainees for career opportunities that impact future research, education, and policy and tackle big challenges facing society today, including climate-forced environmental change, emerging pathogens, ecosystem transformation, loss of biodiversity, and more.

Learn more about the MRT here.

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Research at The University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico (UNM), which is the state’s only Carnegie-designated R1 research institution and one of 14 R1 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) in the country, is proud to offer a brand-new graduate-level research experience through the Museum Research Traineeship (MRT). 

In a state rich in history and tradition, the MRT is dedicated to increasing diversity in STEM and encouraging collaboration across disciplines in order to better understand our past, present, and future.