The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is seeking nominations for the 2022 Outstanding Research Staff Awards. The Outstanding Research Staff Awards are a component of our holistic commitment to promote a dynamic research support system via enhanced employee wellness, job satisfaction, and career advancement. 

Award eligibility is limited to research administrators and similar support staff, including employees of the OVPR, Office of Sponsored Projects, Contract and Grant Accounting, Faculty Research Development Office, Office of Research Integrity & Compliance, Category III Research Centers, and other main and branch campus staff whose primary function is to support UNM’s research mission. Research support staff at all levels, including students, are eligible. However, this does not include research assistants or technicians working on behalf of a single investigator. Staff who receive an award will be ineligible in the subsequent two years. 

Nominations may be made by any UNM staff, faculty, or student, but self-nominations are not permitted. Individuals may submit one nomination per award category.

Award winners will be selected by the OVPR executive committee. Each winner will receive $1,000 and will be recognized during the Research Administrator’s Symposium in October. The nomination deadline is Friday, Sept. 30 and must be submitted via UNM InfoReady Review. Contact Assistant Vice President for Research Melissa Emery Thompson ( with have any questions.

There will be five award categories:

  1. Outstanding New Research Staff Member 
  2. Exceptional Support to Researchers 
  3. Exceptional Research Staff Mentorship 
  4. Exceptional Support of Research Training 
  5. Special Achievement for Research Administration