Honors Research Institute

Research is an important component of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education. The Honors College Research Institute (HRI) provides support to promote collaborations between faculty and students engaged in research in either scholarly or creative pursuits. Faculty may be from any field—humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, and mathematics. Faculty will work with 1-4 undergraduate students on a specific project related to the area of their scholarly interest. By working with the faculty member, students will gain professional knowledge and skills by learning and practicing specific methodology of investigation and research conducted in a field environment. These field activities may include data collection from a geologic location to archival research in a library collection to installing a visual art exhibit for public display. Research for HRI projects may include national and/or international travel as well as on-campus projects. As a final component of the project, students and faculty are expected to complete a final synthesis of their research in a professional format, such as a research paper or report. This work is encouraged to be presented at a conference or published.

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HRI funds are limited to faculty members employed by the UNM Honors College, with preference given to those who hold the rank of Assistant Professor or above and who have not received HRI funding in the last two years.

Funding Deadlines

  • HRI expects to fund 2-3 grants for summer projects, each for $2,000-$3,000. Application deadline for summer HRI funding: March 15th.
  • HRI expects to fund 1-2 grants for fall projects, each for $2,000-$3,000. Application deadline for fall HRI funding: June 15th.
  • HRI expects to fund 1-2 grants for spring projects, each for $2,000-$3,000.  Application deadline for spring HRI funding: September 15th.


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Examples of Research Projects Supported by the Donors to the Honors Research Institute

Honors College Research Institute projects for 2017-2018 are funded by a generous grant from the Healy Foundation.  Projects in previous years were funded by grants from Sonnet and Ian McKinnon, Lee Blaugrund, and several friends of the Honors College.