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Frequently Asked Questions about the Shared Knowledge Conference


Q. How is the Graduate Studies-sponsored Shared Knowledge Conference different than the one offered by the Graduate Resource Center in previous years? Weren't undergraduate students able to present at the previous Shared Knowledge Conferences?

A. From 2012-2016, the Shared Knowledge Conference (SKC) was run by the Graduate Resource Center as a week-long conference open to all students at UNM (both graduate and undergraduate). In 2017, the GRC decided to discontinue offering the conference due to budget cuts, at which point Graduate Studies optioned to continue offering a simplified, more compact version of the conference. The Honors College also chose to offer its own undergraduate conference, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Conference (UROC) with a similar format to the new Graduate Studies version of SKC.


Q. Why do students need to be nominated by faculty to present a poster, but not a LoboBite?

A. We've asked academic programs to nominate their students to present posters in an effort to ensure that as many disciplines as possible are represented at the conference. However, because we want to give all graduate students at UNM the opportunity to participate in the conference, we've opened the LoboBites competition to any enrolled UNM graduate student.


Q. Can I invite friends, family, and colleagues to see my work at the conference?

A. Of course, and we hope you will! The goal of the conference is to bring academic and non-academic communities together and spark conversation and lasting partnerships. The conference is also free to attend, so invite as many people as you'd like!


Q. Does it cost money to attend or present at the conference?

A. Nope! Because we want to encourage attendance, participation, and connection as much as possible, the conference is completely free to participate in and attend.


Q. What benefit will students gain from participating in the conference?

A. Students can expect to benefit in a number of ways, including:

  1. Greater exposure for their research
  2. A line on their CV
  3. Experience presenting at an academic conference
  4. The opportunity to win scholarships in the LoboBites competition
  5. Networking opportunities with fellow scholars and researchers, UNM officials, and professionals from Albuquerque and beyond

Q. Can students participate in both showcases?

A. Absolutely, but students must be nominated by their academic program if they wish to participate in the poster showcase.


Q. Will free parking be provided?

A. Unfortunately, our conference budget won't permit us to provide free parking. Some free street-side parking exists off-campus, and paid parking is also available in the Cornell and Yale garages, as well as nearby off-campus parking meters and lots.