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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 separately.

Grad­u­ate Research Sup­ple­ment

Awarded to ABD doc­toral stu­dents pur­su­ing advanced writ­ing and research.

Win­ners include:

  • 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.

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 Migra­tion Studies.

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 include:

  • 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 and men­tor­ship.
  • Paul Zand­ber­gen, Geography—for ser­vice as direc­tor of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies in Geog­ra­phy and gen­eral ded­i­ca­tion to depart­men­tal grad­u­ate students.

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 include:

  • 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 support.

Dean’s Dis­ser­ta­tion Fel­low­ship

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 Elec­tion.”
  • 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.

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