The University of New Mexico Alumni Association is seeking nominations for outstanding alumni to honor during its annual award banquet in February 2024.  The UNM Alumni Association gives a number of awards to individuals in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions. Submit your nominations for outstanding alumni before Friday, Dec. 8, by visiting

The UNM Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the following categories:

  • James F. Zimmerman Award: Given to an alumnus of The University of New Mexico who has made a significant contribution that has brought fame and honor to The University of New Mexico or to the State of New Mexico.
  • Bernard S. Rodey Award: Recognizes those whose leadership efforts have contributed significantly to the field of education. 
  • Erna S. Fergusson Award: Recognizes exceptional accomplishments and/or commitment or distinguished service to The University of New Mexico. 
  • Zia Award: Honors New Mexico residents with a UNM degree who have distinguished themselves in any one or more of the following categories: philanthropic endeavors, public office, service to the University, community and volunteer activities, and/or business professional fields, or educational fields. 
  • Lobo Award: Presented to a UNM alumnus/a who has given outstanding personal service to the University or whose career achievement reflects on the University.
  • Inspirational Young Alumni Award: Recognizes significant contributions by an individual, whether through professional achievement or community service. Recipients demonstrate a commitment to excellence in post-academic life and an ongoing commitment to professional work, research, multicultural relations and/or volunteerism while being recognized as an emerging leader.
  • Faculty Teaching Award: Recognizes outstanding teaching and service to students. The recipient is a faculty member currently employed full-time in any school or college of the University.
  • Research Award: Recognizes outstanding research being conducted at the University of New Mexico. The recipient is currently conducting research full-time in any school or college of the University.

Learn more about previous award recipients, and nominate outstanding alumni, by visiting the Alumni Awards webpage at