The University Libraries announces five recipients of the 2024 Jim and Mary Lois Friday Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Awards. As the leading research institute in New Mexico, UNM strives to recognize its student and faculty research initiatives. This prestigious award aims to shine a light on both emerging and advanced research in undergraduates.

The award accepts original research projects completed by individuals or groups in all formats including, research papers, design portfolios, compositions, posters, and digital projects.

This year the committee received submissions from undergraduate students majoring in art studio, anthropology, English, biology, religious studies, population health, and elementary education.

“We pride ourselves in supporting students throughout their entire college career through our expertise, services, spaces, and collections,” said Leo Lo, dean of College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences.

All recipients will receive a cash prize and their research will be added to the UNM Digital Repository. Additionally, an exhibit showcasing the students’ award-winning research will be on display in the Zimmerman Library Learning Commons.

Emerging Researcher Category

  • First Place - Kaitlin M. Bone, Class Distinctions Between Moche Warriors: An Illustration in Ceramic Vessels 
  • Second Place – Piper M. Lincoln, Stonehenge: Not So Blank Slates 
  • Third place – Jasmine L. Partain, Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler 

Advanced Researcher Category

  • First Place – Jeremiah Westerman, Investigating the Potential Effect of Pollinators on the Alpine Plant Diversity of the Southern Rocky Mountains: A Community Phylogenetic Approach 
  • Second Place – John San Nicolas, The Affectivity of Doctrine: Making Sense of the Many Disagreements Between Christians 
  • Second Place – Lillian Quinn Walker, Challenges to Building Black Generational Wellness to Foster Growth within Black Populations: A Research Proposal 
  • Third Place – Charlotte Auh, Rudolfo Anaya as a UNM Professor 

The Jim and Mary Lois Friday Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Award program recognizes excellence in undergraduate research that incorporates the use of the University Libraries’ resources and demonstrates sophisticated information literacy skills. The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences would like to thank the judges, committee members, and the Hulsman for their support of the award program.