Graduate Studies Announces 2012–13 Scholarship and Award Winners
May 10, 2012, By Carolyn Gonzales
The UNM Office of Graduate Studies announces winners of several scholarships
and awards for academic year 2012 –2013. These awards to both faculty and
graduate students support timely completion of theses and dissertations,
promote mentoring initiatives by both faculty and graduate students,
and provide opportunities to develop an array of skills for future faculty.
OGS has also awarded the Tom L. Popejoy prize, which will be announced
The Graduate Research Supplement is awarded to ABD doctoral
students pursuing advanced writing and research.
Elena Aviles, Spanish & Portuguese—for
archival research in the Special Collections Libraries at the University
of California, Santa Barbara and University of California, Los Angeles.
Philip Hultquist, Political Science—for field research in India to
explore sub-state origins of effective counterinsurgency.
Menuka Karki, Economics—for research concerning a sustainable
solid waste management system in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Nathan Lord, Biology—for dissertation research (including research
trips and field work) on southern hemisphere biogeography.
Ying Wang, Chemistry—for field research at the Biological Imaging
Facility at Northwestern University to carry out cryogenic transmission
electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) imaging experiments.
The Future Faculty Award supports summer coursework,
research or professional development opportunities not available at UNM
and directly related to preparing the graduate student for a career in
higher education. Winners include:
Maurice Crandall, History—for travel to Nebraska and Arizona to support
doctoral research in Native American history.
Jessica Jones, Political Science—for participation in a summer
research program at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and
Social Research (ICPSR) in Michigan.
Carmen Lowry, Communication and Journalism—for attendance at the
Summer Institute sponsored by Northwestern University’s Center for Forced
The Faculty Mentor Award recognizes faculty members
who have provided exceptional service in mentoring graduate students in
their department, program and/or across the college and university. Winners
Jedidiah Crandall, Computer Science—for extensive involvement in
departmental outreach efforts and graduate student advisement and mentorship.
Anita Obermeier, English—for service as associate chair for Graduate
Studies in English and overall excellence in teaching, service, research
Paul Zandbergen, Geography—for service as director of Graduate
Studies in Geography and general dedication to departmental graduate
The Graduate Student Mentor Award recognizes graduate
students who have demonstrated excellence in mentoring activities that
benefit graduate students in their own or other departments. Winners
Lisa Bryant, Political Science—for devotion to helping fellow
graduate students with research and coursework and participation in university
graduate student organizations.
Roya Ensafi, Computer Science—for service as president of departmental
Graduate Student Association and dedicated assistance and support of
fellow graduate students.
Doug Manning, Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences—for mentorship
of departmental Teaching Assistants and general graduate student
The Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship is one of the
University’s most prestigious awards for graduate students, recognizing
important and innovative doctoral research. It provides one year of financial
assistance to students nearing completion of a terminal (PhD, EdD, or
MFA) degree. Winners include:
Lisa Bryant, Political Science—to support the final writing of the
dissertation, “For Research on the Mobilizing Minority and Immigrant Voters
in California using a Field Experiment Conducted During the 2010 General
Thanhvu Nguyen, Computer Science—to support the final writing of
the dissertation, “Dynamic Analysis Guided Constraint Solving for Invariant
Generation and Program Repair.”
As the central graduate academic administrative unit at the University
of New Mexico, the Office of Graduate Studies promotes the success of
graduate students and graduate programs by providing broad oversight
of program quality, managing academic policies and administering
financial support in the form of assistantships, fellowships, scholarships,
grants and awards. For more information about the OGS awards or award recipients,
contact the Office of Graduate Studies
or call (505) 277‑2711.
Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277‑5920; e-mail: