Student Awards

The Jim and Mary Lois Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Award program recognizes excellence in undergraduate research that incorporates the use of University Libraries resources and demonstrates sophisticated information literacy skills. Student award winners receive a cash prize  – $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, $200 for 3rd place – and recognition for their outstanding efforts. Submissions are posted in the UNM Digital Repository.


 Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate at the UNM Albuquerque main campus at the time of project completion
  • Have completed the research project or paper as part of UNM credit course or independent study undertaken in the past calendar year – spring, summer, or fall semester.

Original research projects completed by individuals or groups in all formats are welcome and may include:

  • Research papers
  • Design portfolios
  • Compositions
  • Posters
  • Film
  • Digital projects

Questions about eligibility may be sent to

Award Categories

There are two categories for submissions:

  • Emerging Undergraduate Researchers – for students who have completed work in 100/1000-level and 200/2000-level courses.
  • Advanced Undergraduate Researchers – for students who have completed work in 300-level and above courses.


Applicants agree to:

  • Participate in the recognition program following the announcement of the awards.
  • Grant the University Libraries the right to make their paper/project and essay available via limited license. Student authors retain copyright for all content created by them. Award-winning work will be included in UNM’s Digital Repository.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the online application form located in UNM’s Digital Repository.
  2. Submit a copy of your research project or paper.
  3. Write and submit a 500-750 word research statement describing your research strategies and use of library resources. See guidelines and rubric.
  4. Submit your bibliography. See guidelines and rubric.
  5. Request a statement of support from UNM faculty/instructor.

Important Dates

Application Deadline – 2022 Application deadline is February 7, 2022
Application Workshop: Wed. January 26, 12-1pm - Register here
Application Workshop: Thurs. February 3, 3-4pm - Register here
Winners Announced – After Spring Break
Awards Program – Early-April

Questions? Contact

Award Winners

2020 Advanced Researchers 

First Place
Kathryn Gwen Sokolowski, Junior, Anthropology 
Out of Africa: The Ecological Context and Contraints on Early Homo Migration

Second Place:
Raven Delfina Otero-Symphony, Junior, Spanish and Statistics
The Justice System is Criminal

Third Place:
Alexandra VK Iturralde, Senior, Sustainability Studies
Elizabeth Brooke Holland, Senior, Sustainability Studies
Coleman Piburn, Senior, Sustainability Studies
Live Local, Renew Local: Community Sourced Solar Energy in New Mexico

2019 Advanced Researchers

First Place:
Addey Dominguez, Senior, Anthropology and History
Women Hidden in In-Between Spaces: Using Brothels to Expand the Archaeology of Gender

Second Place:
Jamie Stevens, Senior, Anthropology
Jacques-Louis David’s Neoclassicism and the Ideals of the Enlightenment

Third Place:
Angelea Maestas-Olguin, Senior, Chemical Engineering
The Endocytotic Fate of a Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticle Supported Lipid Bilayer CRISPR Delivery Vehicle

2018 Advanced Researcher

First place:
Jesse Yelvington, senior, Sociology, Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts
Naming the Nameless: An Exploration of Queer Poetry and Empowerment

Second place:
Ashley R. Koger, junior, Nutrition & Dietetics
The Fight for Historical Representation and Accuracy: Statues of the Confederacy

Third place:
Patrick R. Latimer, junior, Astrophysics
’Water Fountain’ Masers in Proto-Planetary Nebulae

2020 Emerging Researchers 

First Place
LaVonne Yazzie, Senior, English Studies and Spanish
Literature Review of the Literary Term "Interpretation"

Second Place:
Gus Tafoya, Junior, English Studies
The Index of the Quotidian: Folk Music and Language Poetry

Third Place:
Amanda R. Garcia, Sophomore, Spanish and Chicana/o Studies
Healing Familial and Historical Trauma Through the Lens of Generational Feminity and Motherhood: Beyoncé's Lemonade

2019 Emerging Researchers 

First Place
Lizbeth Miscles-Rivera, Junior, Dept of Art and Art History
Three Generations Explore Danger and Control Through Global Performance Art: Regina Jose Gallindo, Laurel Nakadate, and Marina Abramovic

Second Place:
Brittany R. Raymond, Senior, Secondary Education
The Marriage of Mimesis and Diegesis in “White Teeth”

Third Place:
Sarah Ann K. Polsin, Freshman, Political and Environmental Science
Environmental Ramifications of the Textile Industry

2018 Emerging Researcher

First Place:
Ellerie Ann Freisinger, Sophomore, English
Racial Condition of America Through ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

Second Place:
Anastasiya A. Andriyash, Sophomore, Biochemistry
John F. Kennedy’s Civil Rights Address: An Analysis of its Context, Legacy, and Implications

Third Place:
Luisa Pennington, Sophomore, Communications and Journalism
Existence, Emotion, and Expression: Tragic Elements Within Shakespearean Sonnets