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John Miers Award for Excellence in Library Research

In October 2019, SPCS announced the creation of the John Miers Award for Excellence in Library Research in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

The award honors the memory and passion for research of John Miers, C’13, a graduate of the SPCS Weekend College program who passed away on June 7, 2019, after having been diagnosed with a rare form of myeloma just 19 days earlier.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage excellence among SPCS students in the use of library research skills. SPCS undergraduate students are eligible, based on a research project completed during the current fall and spring academic year. Papers previously submitted are ineligible.

Selection Criteria

The winning paper will demonstrate a depth and breadth of effective use of research materials and clear evidence of thoughtful command of these resources.

Excellent research projects which do not make significant use of library research materials (e.g., experimental projects) cannot, regrettably, be considered.

Undergraduate honors theses are not eligible for the Miers Award.

Nomination Process

Each SPCS faculty member (adjunct and full-time) may nominate one or two students each year by submitting the students’ research paper(s). Papers should be nominated by July 31 annually, selected from among projects composed and submitted during the previous fall and spring terms.

Nominated papers should be submitted by email attachment to

Award Selection

The selection committee will comprise Boatwright Memorial Library staff in addition to two members of the SPCS faculty, one adjunct and one full-time. SPCS faculty representative names will be forwarded to the Library by the Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.

Members of the committee will convene in early fall each year to read nominated entries and select a winning project based on the selection criteria listed above. Only one winner will be selected annually.

The winner will be announced in October. The name of the winner will be inscribed on a plaque hanging in Boatwright Memorial Library and will receive an award certificate.

Award Recipients

The inaugural recipient will be named in October 2021, and a new winner will be named annually each October thereafter.

About John Miers

John Miers headshotJohn Miers, C’13, graduated from SPCS after completing a bachelor’s degree through Weekend College. During his first class, he discovered his passion for research and pursued it in graduate school and professional life thereafter. In 2016 he was named Director of Library Services at New Mexico State University in Grants, New Mexico. He worked at NMSU until his death in 2019.

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