The Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas

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The Academy is a consortium of talented and motivated undergraduate women, faculty, professionals, organizations, and institutions linked by a common purpose: to encourage and inspire more women in the Americas to advance to higher levels of education and influence in the science, technology, engineering, math, and architecture (STEM+A): fields. Women in the Americas have valuable perspectives to contribute to these disciplines, and this program strives to develop the talents and leadership skills of undergraduate women for their long-term success, advance research across the continent, and ignite transformative social change. Additionally, The Academy will place value on the unique experiences and perspectives of indigenous women by providing an inclusive and culturally sensitive university environment.

The Academy is a:first-of-its-kind international platform and will include participants from the U.S. and Latin America. We invite you to get involved as a faculty, professional, or organization to share your knowledge, inspire young talent, and be a part of this important movement.

Connect With Top International Talent

Participants and professionals will bring invaluable knowledge and experience combined with an eagerness to learn from each other and grow. Your engagement will add to the intellectual advancement of The Academy as it accelerates to be the hub of female talent through the advancement of research knowledge and the development of leadership skills. This fulfilling and worthwhile experience is an opportunity to expand your global network, gain exposure to global perspectives, and engage in meaningful problem solving, while you help ensure the long-term academic and personal success of young female innovators.

One Woman’s Success Can Inspire and Lift a Family, Neighborhood, or Community in the Americas

Connect with us, contribute, and support these young women as they ascend to higher levels of education, influence, and leadership in their disciplines.


January 5-17, 2020. Querétaro. México



The Innovation Academy for Women in the Americas is an intensive two-week educational program for female undergraduate students, who reside in the Americas and are currently enrolled in a STEM+A* fields of study. The Academy supports the capacity of these emerging female leaders by providing them with an opportunity to develop a sustainable project within their field of study and in collaboration with their peers. As a culminating activity, all Academy participants will formally present their project proposals to their international colleagues.

The Academy is a joint project between The University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, and the Universidad Politécnica de Santa Rosa Jáuregui (UPSRJ) in Querétaro, México, and is partially supported by grant funding from 100K Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Initiative.

All instruction will be provided in English by UNM and UPSRJ faculty in the historical Centre of Santiago de Querétaro, known simply as Querétaro. Located just forty miles from San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its tranquil plazas, fine restaurants, museums, and other cultural sites.

Students attend classes Monday through Friday from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm, and participate in weekend excursions to nearby towns including Cadereyta, Bernal, Tequisquiapan in Querétaro State and San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato State. All classroom instruction will take place Educational and Cultural Center “Manuel Gómez Morin” in Querétaro City within fifteen minutes of walking distance from the students’ accommodations.


Sunday, January 05, 2020 to Friday, January 17, 2020


Querétaro, México


Female undergraduates in good academic standing, who are enrolled in STEM+A fields and who reside in any country within the Americas.


$400 USD for international students, excludes airfare from country of origin.

No fees for Mexican national students, excludes transportation to and from Querétaro and hotel, if required.

Sponsoring institutions:

University of New Mexico (UNM)

Universidad Politécnica de Santa Rosa Jáuregui (UPSRJ)


ACCOUNT TRANSFER NUMBER 014680655041053518


Non-credit certificate

*Students who successfully complete the full program will earn a non-credit certificate of completion from both UNM and UPSRJ. Students who are interested in receiving credit are advised to consult with their home institution to explore such options as prior learning credit, independent study, etc. prior to enrolling in the Academy. The STEM +A fields include any area of study within the following fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Architecture.

Visa or immigration documents for international students are not required.


As part of the program, students partake in a number of activities and are entitled to a number of provisions as described below:

  1. Shared accommodation* from Sunday, January 05, 2020 to Saturday, January 18, 2020 at a tourist grade hotel.
  2. Two meals per day with the exception of Saturday and Sunday.
  3. Banquet on Sunday, January 05.
  4. Ground transportation to all program sites and cultural activities. (from the official hotel to the activities location).
  5. Airport/bus station pickup and drop off.
  6. Access to research centers, industrial sites, and faculty.
  7. Training in research, innovation, leadership, design thinking and project management, and development
  8. Cultural excursions to Cadereyta, Bernal, Tequisquiapan in Querétaro State and San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato State.
  9. Certificate of participation.
  10. * Students who reside in Querétaro or nearby are not required to stay at the hotel.

What’s not included:

  1. Evening dinner (Please note that the biggest meal in México is lunch, which is included as part of the program.)
  2. Transportation fare from the applicant’s home.
    • Student needs to arrange their own travel and must arrive in Querétaro City by Sunday, January 05 and be ready for the welcome dinner at 6:00 pm. (Students who reside in the United States should be aware that there are many affordable daily flights from Houston to Querétaro, México.  The International Office at UPSRJ can help students find the best transportation to Querétaro City.)
  3. Private accommodation (Students are expected to share a room with one other participant).
  4. Personal expenses.
    • Cost of living in México is very affordable, and most museums and other cultural sites are free. Students should budget $7.00 USD per day for spending money (coffee, snacks, movies, personal items, etc.) for the two-week stay.


Below is the list of requirements for all program participants.

  • Current enrollment at a college or university in the Americas in good academic standing. Good academic standing is defined as the following:
    • Students attending Latin American institutions must have a minimum of an 8 out of 0-10 scale, or equivalent.
    • Students attending an institution in the United States must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or equivalent
  • Have advanced standing
    • Students attending four year institutions should have completed two years of study or the equivalent
    • Students enrolled in a US Community College (or other two-year institution) must have completed no fewer than 30 semester hours or the equivalent
  • Demonstrate the necessary maturity and responsibility to be able to participate actively in an intensive international academic program
  • Be receptive and able to engage with a diverse body of faculty and students in a cross-cultural environment.


Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. Completed Application Form:
  2. Copy of passport (or Official ID for Mexican nationals)
  3. A personal statement written in English in which the applicant describes her interest to participate in the Academy (500-word limit)
  4. Be enrolled in any area with the following disciplines: ​​Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Architecture.
  5. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, administrator or researcher from the home institution (in English or Spanish) in support of the applicant’s participation in the Academy
  6. An official copy of the applicant’s transcripts showing that the applicant is academically qualified.
  7. For non-native speakers of English who are not enrolled at a US institution, show evidence (letter from the institution or test score) of having English proficiency of B1 or above, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR).
  8. Scan the above-completed documents into one PDF document in the order listed above, not exceeding 10 MB.
  9. Name your documents as follows: “LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_THEACADEMY2019” and send it by email no later than November 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm. to Nadine Arredondo at
  10. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by November 15, 2019.
  11. Students who need any special accommodations or who have dietary restrictions should notify program staff with supplementary information.
  12. Once participants are selected, they will be provided with detailed information about any required payment. International participants will be required to pay the $400 USD fee by November 30th, 2019.


Universidad Politécnica de Santa Rosa Jáuregui

Nadine Arredondo
Office of International Education and Partnerships 

Flora Mercader
Research Direction

Adriana Veraza
Outreach Direction