Aspiring undergraduate researchers at The University of New Mexico have the opportunity to receive funding for their work through award. 

The Jim and Mary Lois Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Award program recognizes excellence in undergraduate research that incorporates the use of University Libraries resources and demonstrates sophisticated information literacy skills.

Judges look for original research projects completed by individuals or groups and may include research papers, design portfolios, compositions, posters, film and digital projects. The research project or paper must also be part of UNM credit course or independent study undertaken in the past calendar year—spring, summer or fall semester.

Submissions are due Feb. 10. Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate at the UNM main campus at the time of project completion in order to qualify. Student award winners receive a cash prize– $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $200 for third place—and recognition for their outstanding efforts. Submissions are also posted in the UNM Digital Repository

There are two categories for submissions: Emerging Undergraduate Researchers (for work completed in 100-level and 200-level courses) and Advanced Undergraduate Researchers (for work completed in 300-level and above courses).

Applicants are required to complete the online application form located in the UNM Digital Repository. Applicants are also required to submit a copy of their research project or paper, a 500-750-word research statement describing their research strategies and use of library resources, a bibliography and a statement of support from UNM faculty/instructor. Application instructions, guidelines and rubrics are available  here

UNM Libraries will be hosting two workshops to help students with the application process. Both workshops will be held in the Zimmerman Library Room 254. The first is on Monday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. The second is on Friday, Feb. 7 at 12 p.m. 

Winners will be announced after Spring Break and will be honored in early April. 

Applicants agree to participate in the recognition program following the announcement of the awards. Applicants also grant the University Libraries the right to make their paper/project and essay available via limited license. Student authors retain copyright for all content created by them. 

For more information or questions about eligibility, please contact