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Faculty-Mentored Research Award

Faculty Mentored Research Award

The Faculty-Mentored Research Award is given by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Undergraduate Research, Arts and Design Network (URAD) to honor 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. The OVPR recognizes that Research IS Education, and this award is part of our strategic vision to promote a culture of diverse research participation, advance UNM students into successful future, and increase capacity for research to impact society.

Bridging both national and institutional borders, internationally focused research enhances knowledge production by simultaneously broadening the investigative lens and generating a more nuanced analysis through the incorporation of global diversity. This award showcases existing activities and serves to elevate the visibility and caliber of future research by promoting the incorporation of cross-cultural perspectives and international relevance into the UNM research enterprise. The award emphasizes our commitment to robust, intentional, international partnerships in our research and classrooms to solve a wide range of global issues and prepare a new generation of scholars to work and live in an interconnected and rapidly evolving world.

The 2022 nomination period is closed. Read more about our inaugural winner of the faculty award below. A call for nominations for 2023 awards will be posted in Spring 2023.

2022 Inaugural Recipients

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce the inaugural winners of the Faculty Mentored Research Award, Professor Achraf Noureddine and Miss Lien Tang

At the University of New Mexico, undergraduate students engage with world-class researchers to develop innovative new knowledge and to solve important societal challenges. In keeping with this important mission, UNM’s Office of the Vice President for Research and the Undergraduate Research, Arts & Design Network collaborated to celebrate these amazing partnerships through a new award that recognizes exceptional examples of faculty research mentorship and student professional development. UNM is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research Award: Professor Achraf Noureddine and biochemistry BA/MD student Lien T. Tang. Together, Noureddine and Tang demonstrate UNM’s tenet “research IS education” by fostering a culture of diverse research participation, advancing UNM students into successful futures, and increasing capacity for research that impacts society. Vice president for research Ellen Fisher notes, “We are so pleased to introduce this new award that truly highlights one of our most important activities at the University – mentoring students in the discovery of new knowledge. This type of experiential learning forges the next generation of passionate, innovative leaders who will change our world.”

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