Research & Programs


Bureau of Business Research and Services (BBRS). Supports COB faculty and staff in their research efforts.

Center for Public Utilities (CPU). Educational and outreach services for professionals employed at federal and state commissions, utility companies and other stakeholders in the electricity, natural gas distribution or interstate pipeline, telecommunications and water industries.

Insurance and Financial Services Center (IFSC). Supports students, faculty and the insurance industry; provides scholarships and internship programs for students; promotes research on insurance issues for the Mountain States region.

State Data Center. Depository for data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau as part of a distributional network; responds to data requests from state and local government agencies, planners, researchers, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and the general public.

NMSU Arrowhead Center. Created by NMSU to be an engine for sustainable economic development.


Consumer Behavior Lab (COBE). Interdisciplinary resource for studying human behavior and decision-making; researchers test business and economics theories and provide an empirical basis for the development of new theories; enables several different types of quantitative and qualitative research experiments including focus groups, experiments and surveys.

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. Originally funded by a 5-year $1.25 million Daniels Fund grant to develop a principle-based ethics program to strengthen principle-based ethics education and foster a high standard of ethics in young people.

Daniels Fund: Tribal Wisdom for Business Ethics. Supported by a grant from the NMSU Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative; applying Native American values in business.

Indian Resource Development (IRD). Promotes and facilitates Native American students’ higher ed opportunities in natural resources, engineering, science, mathematics, business and economic development.

Small Business Assistance. Students and faculty collaborate with government, chamber of commerce, education, and grassroots organizations that support small businesses.

Student-Managed Investment Fund (SMIF). Students study the market to determine a stock’s true value, develop strategies and make investment selections for the $80,000 Wetherbe Fund, donated by alumnus James C. Wetherbe.

Western States School of Banking (WSSB). The COB provides professional bankers with training in commercial credit, legal issues, marketing and other topics.

NMSU Domenici Institute. Learning opportunities for students/public on New Mexican entrepreneurship; annual public policy conference, other forums; research on policy; repository for Senator Domenici’s archives.