UNM's Global Education Office (GEO) and the Office the Vice President for Research (OVPR) are now welcoming nominations from graduate and undergraduate students for the Globally-Engaged Research Award to highlight the dynamic international research conducted by UNM students and faculty. Cash awards are presented to the graduate and undergraduate winners. The deadline to enter has been extended to Friday, March 24.

The UNM GEO is a large service unit that facilitates international linkages, cultural exchange, global diversity, and the development of international expertise across all sectors of the university.

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, according to Tim Schroeder, director of the UNM Undergraduate Research Arts & Design Network (URAD).

The Globally-Engaged Research Awards showcase 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 UNM’s 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 Globally-Engaged Research Awards are individual awards in recognition of outstanding international research by students on UNM’s main and branch campuses.

For the purposes of this award, “international research” comprises research (inclusive of scholarship and creative works) in international settings, involving strong international research partnerships, or with significant, direct impacts outside of the U.S. Two cash awards are presented: Graduate Student Award, $1,500 cash prize; and Deborah Rifenbary Memorial Undergraduate Student Award, $1,000 cash prize.

Rifenbary dedicated her long career at UNM to promoting student success and the well-being of children and their families in New Mexico and abroad. A former professor and interim dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences, Rifenbary promoted international collaboration and professional development through the Student Teachers in Austria Reach Success (STARS) program.

Awardees will be selected by an invited panel of faculty, professional staff and students who review and rank the applicants. Final selection will be made by the VPR in consultation with the provost.

Nominations for the 2023 award must be submitted via InfoReady by March 24. Anyone who has questions or would like support creating application materials, should contact:

• Undergraduates: Tim Schroeder, director of Undergraduate Research Arts & Design Network, timschroeder@unm.edu.
• Graduates: Nicole Tami, director of Global Education Office, ntami@unm.edu.

Application details, including award eligibility, evaluation criteria, and application requirements are available online.