The LMITA Partnership will systematically impact high schoolers, community college students, undergraduates, graduate students, postgraduates, and faculty at all partner institutions. In New Mexico, at the high school level, LMITA will use the Dual Credit and GEAR UP Programs to encourage and engage students in science education programs in the Robertson and West Las Vegas High Schools. High school science teachers and community college faculty will be invited to participate in a 10-week summer workshop to experience bench research, design new lab experiments for their classes, and learn about the latest pedagogical tools to take back to the classroom.

At NMHU, two new optics and materials courses will be designed and others will be updated or expanded using modules developed by the CMDITR. CMDITR experts will visit to deliver guest lectures and special community high-tech seminars (e.g. advances in high-computing, energy efficiency, photovoltaics) accompanied by lively LMITA receptions to encourage mixing of high school, CC, and university students and faculty. Undergraduates from NMHU, MC, and local CC colleges will be invited to perform hands-on research projects in LMITA labs and for three select students, in CMDITR labs as part of its well-known Hooked-on-Photonics NSF REU Program.

Masters-track students and outstanding undergraduates will be sponsored by LMITA to visit CMDITR labs around the US and to attend CMDITR huge Annual Retreat. The critical mass of high school, community college, national lab, LMITA, and CMDITR faculty and PIs will be harnessed to create a partnership-wide mentoring program. Each summer, four students from NMHU and MC will also participate in a paid internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) or Sandia National Laboratories (SNL).