About the Award


The Science for Health of Indigenous Populations (SHIP) Award was created in 2021 from a generous gift by Drs. Robert Duncan and Annette Sobel. Dedicated entirely to addressing the significant health disparities that impact New Mexico’s Indigenous populations, the SHIP Graduate Student Award will recognize one PhD student annually who is actively understanding and promoting Indigenous health through interdisciplinary research.

The SHIP Award is the culmination of Drs. Duncan and Sobel's years of service to improving the health and wellbeing of underserved populations. Their vision is that their gift will not only improve health outcomes among Indigenous communities but will also serve to bring increased awareness to the groundbreaking research that is being done at UNM.

Due to their extensive connections across main and North campus, the Computational Genomics and Technology (CGaT) laboratory at the Co-op administers this award. By bringing attention to their work, Drs. Duncan and Sobel hope that more opportunities will be forged for other research groups like theirs throughout campus.

The SHIP award includes a $10,000 prize to the recipient and a $5,000 research award to the chair of the award recipient’s dissertation committee. Recipients will be invited to speak about their research at an annual symposium in the spring.


How to Apply

Nominations have closed for the 2022 SHIP award. Check back here in the fall of 2022 for information on how to appy to the 2023 award.


How to Support Future Leaders in Improving Indigenous Health Outcomes

If you would like to join Drs. Robert Duncan and Annette Sobel in their mission to support research efforts at UNM that address the significant health disparities facing Indigienous populations, please click here to make a gift to the SHIP Award.



About Our 2021 Award Recipients

Daniel Beene

Daniel Beene, PhD Student
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Daniel Beene is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and a trainee with the METALS (Metals Exposure and Toxicity Assessment on Tribal Lands) Superfund Research Program at the University of New Mexico. His research explores how geospatial and geographic methods can enrich understandings of environmental and social health disparities on Tribal lands in the western United States. Daniel is also a data manager at the University of New Mexico Community Environmental Health Program.

 Yan Lin Cropped Photo

Yan Lin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Yan Lin, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and Center for the Advancement of Spatial Informatics Research and Education (ASPIRE) at the University of New Mexico. She is a geographer specialized in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and health/medical geography. Her research merges the concerns of GIS with environmental and social determinants of health disparities. She is concerned with understanding and addressing environmental health disparities in Native American communities, which is built on sustained community partnership and designed to address community priorities. Dr. Lin is affiliated with the University of New Mexico Environmental Health Disparity Center for Native Environmental Health Equity Research, UNM METALS Superfund Research Program Center, and UNM comprehensive cancer center. Currently, Dr. Lin is co-leading a research project to evaluate cumulative environmental exposure and community-level health using geospatial modeling and personal exposure assessment in Navajo Nation, Crow (Apsáalooke) Nation, and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes.




Watch the 2021 SHIP Symposium Here