Recently, in an effort to support graduate students during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Regional Studies (CRS) at The University of New Mexico awarded graduate degree completion awards to six CRS fellows completing graduation degree requirements in the spring of 2020.

In recognition of their efforts, one doctoral candidate and five Master’s of Arts candidates who have been engaged in graduate study in Political Science, Public Administration, History, Native American Studies and English, received awards for their diligence and fortitude in finishing their degrees in spite of the unprecedented disruptions during this time of crisis.

Other current CRS fellows in degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts, College of Education and Human Sciences, and the School of Architecture received supplements also aimed to help these students bridge the difficulties brought on by the pandemic and return to campus in the fall to continue their research and complete their programs of studies. In all, the Center for Regional Studies was able to provide graduate students with a total of $16,750 in emergency COVID assistance.

The CRS is a multidisciplinary outreach center designed to enhance the work of the university through student fellowships, research, program funding, visiting scholars, digital media and other projects with a particular emphasis on activities that increase understanding of New Mexico, the U.S. Mexico Borderlands, the Americas and Spain.