Faculty-Mentored Research Award, Call for Participation

Empowering Creativity, Celebrating Achievement


Nominations Due May 20, 2022

The UNM Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Undergraduate Research, Arts and Design Network (URAD) are pleased to announce the creation of the Faculty-Mentored Research Award.

This joint award will be given annually to an outstanding undergraduate researcher and their faculty research mentor based upon the demonstration of a strong research partnership. In addition to quality of research and research outcomes, this award recognizes successes in developing a collaborative relationship and prioritizes aspects of the research process that contribute to professional growth of the student. As part of UNM’s WeR1 initiative, this award develops UNM’s tenet “research IS education” by promoting a culture of diverse research participation, advancing UNM students into successful futures, and increasing capacity for research to impact society.

Consideration for the award will be given to a broad range of research partnerships. Students may be working under the umbrella of the faculty mentor’s research projects or may be pursuing independent research in collaboration with the faculty mentor. Research under consideration may have been conducted within any context while the student was enrolled as a UNM undergraduate: paid or unpaid internships, formal research training programs, completion of an honor’s thesis, part of independent study or other coursework, etc. All disciplines of research will be considered, inclusive of scholarship and creative works.

Faculty award recipients will receive a $2500 prize to be awarded as an honorarium or a contribution to their research index. Student award recipients will receive a $1500 cash prize. Both will be publicly recognized during the Research & Discovery Week in Fall 2022.

Nominations may be initiated by the student or the faculty mentor, though each will contribute to the evaluated materials. We encourage third parties to identify successful research partnerships and facilitate the nomination process.

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Submit your nomination by May 20, 2022

If you have any questions or require assistance submitting materials, please contact Assistant Vice President for Research Melissa Emery Thompson, or URAD Director Tim Schroeder.
Award selections will be made in June 2022.



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