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WILD'N OUT at Valle De Oro

Valle De Oro Group Photo

Students in the UNM Honors College seminar “Environmental Philosophy” visited the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) just south of Albuquerque, NM.  The seminar, led by visiting Carruthers Professor David Schwartz, has been examining the environmental practice of ‘rewilding,’ which aims to restore developed lands back to their natural state prior to human intervention.  Read more...

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Honors student Jesse Yelvington named 2017 UNM Sarah Belle Brown Award Winner

UNM Honors College Major: Jesse Yelvington

Honors Major Jesse Yelvington was recently announced as the 2017 Sarah Belle Brown Student Award winner.  The Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award recognizes Faculty, Staff and Students who serve as examples of social responsiveness and who have, over an extended period of time, donated considerable personal time and effort advancing The University of New Mexico’s public service mission.  Read more about Jesse's work with the LGBTQ community...

Honors College named in top 25 nationally


The Honors College is a source of great pride for The University of New Mexico. Its nearly six-decade tenure on this campus, first as a program then as a college, is filled with a profound history of enriching the education of UNM scholars.

In an affirmation of its mission and programs, the Honors College was recently named in the top 25 public university honors colleges in the U.S.  Read More...


Tyrannosaurs show their sensitive side

A team of researchers, including UNM Honors College Professor Jason R. Moore, has found a new species of tyrannosaur dinosaur — the most popular of the prehistoric creatures.  New cousin of T. rex discovered in Montana helps researchers provide a facial makeover for the well-known dinosaur.  Read more...


Honors students recognized as Goldwater scholars

Honors students Randy Ko and Jane Nguyen were recognized by the Goldwater Scholarship Fund. 

Founded in recognition of U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, a scholarship fund that recognizes distinguished students in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering, has been bestowed on Lobos, Jonathon Cordova and Randy Ko; with an Honorable Mention given to Jane Nguyen.

The Goldwater Scholarship provides financial support for juniors and seniors who are planning to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in STEM research. According to the Foundation, the Goldwater Scholars were selected based on academic merit from a field of 1,286 natural sciences, mathematics and engineering students nominated by the campus representatives from among 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide.

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Honors Diplo Lab Featurette

Honors College Diplomacy Lab a game changer for world hunger

The Honors College Diplomacy Lab is using gamification strategies, as teaching tools, to leverage critical thinking to solve complex issues related to the epidemic of world hunger.  For more info on the Diplomacy Lab recently featured by KRQE check out the video clip at right. 

Long-running Honors Forum lectures a 'well-kept secret'

A class that was started over 30 years ago by New Mexico author Tony Hillerman continues to bring local writers to UNM campus.

The Honors College class "Meet the Authors" invites 10 New Mexico authors over the course of the semester so students who are studying their work have the opportunity to ask them questions on everything from the publishing process to their childhood experiences.  Read More...


Gathering a first of its kind for University athletes

Student athletes understand what it means to prepare for the future. Dedication and hard work to compete at the top lends itself to success throughout a collegiate athlete’s career, but it is life after their fours years are up, that these students must be training for concurrently.  The correlation between athletic and academic success was the focus of a recent, first of its kind, joint symposium sponsored by UNM’s Honors College and Athletics Department in partnership with the Lobo Scholars Program and the Shared Knowledge Conference.
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UNM students receive prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and Honorable Mention

Founded in recognition of U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, a scholarship fund that recognizes distinguished students in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering, has been bestowed on two University of New Mexico students, Julian Vigil and Randy Ko.

Vigil, a Chemical Engineering student, received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Ko, a Biochemistry student with plans to pursue a M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, received an Honorable Mention.



Honors College offers 'Creative Impulse in New Mexico'

The UNM Honors College is offering “Creative Impulse in New Mexico,” a new course that includes talks from well-known New Mexico artists and writers.  Daniel Abraham presents on Monday, February 22.   Abraham writes both science fiction and fantasy, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. He was awarded the International Horror Guild Award. His science fiction series, “The Expanse,” has recently been adapted into a television series for the Syfy channel. Read more... 

Dr-ShepherdDr. Ursula Shepherd receives UNM Alumni Association Winter 2016 Faculty Teaching Award

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association announced the recipients of its 2016 Winter Awards and Honors College Associate Dean, Dr. Ursula Shepherd, was presented with the Faculty Teaching Award.

The Winter Awards recognize outstanding teaching, exceptional accomplishments, commitment and distinguished service to the University of New Mexico. Read more...

katarinaUNM Honors student to interview for Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

University of New Mexico student, Katarina Pacheco will travel to the University of Utah in November to participate in the Finalist interview for the Rhodes Scholarship, a prestigious honor given to few students in the county. Read more... 


NM Honors student wins ethics essay contest

University of New Mexico Graduate Alexandra Stewart Took Top Honors in the 2015 Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics essay contest. She is the first recipient from UNM to win this contest and earned $5,000 in the process. Read more...

Professor Edward DeSantisDeSantis inspired many through his teaching and academic scholarship

Former University of New Mexico Professor Edward DeSantis had a special way of connecting with students with an impeccable, down-to-earth scholastic approach with an Ivy League demeanor. DeSantis, 78, died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Read more...

MMUF winnersMellon Foundation awards UNM $420,000 to establish MMUF program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of New Mexico $420,000 to support the establishment of a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program (MMUF) on campus. The initial term of the Mellon award is four and half years starting this spring thru the academic year. “Mellon reached out to us when they’d learned that we have a new Honors College and a large number of high achieving Hispanic and Native American students,” said Kate Krause, dean of UNM Honors College, where the program will be housed. Read more...

Anna AdamsUNM Honors students awarded Fulbright scholarships

Three university of New Mexico Students have been awarded Fulbright scholarships to study or teach abroad in the 2015-2016 academic year. Anna Adams (Germany) and Caroline Muraida (Malaysia) will be an English teaching assistant. Read more...