Jamie H.

Undergraduate Recipient

"Describe an achievement or rewarding experience that you are most proud of accomplishing while living with CF, and how it has molded the person you have become."

This past spring I was selected for a technical internship at Sandia National Laboratories. I overcame personal and external challenges to earn this prestigious position. Only twenty percent of the student interns come from New Mexico universities. The computer programming field is also largely comprised of white males, and I am a Hispanic woman with a disability. I realize just how much it took for me to be where I am today.

I recently completed my second year at UNM in pursuit of a B.S. in Computer Science. I was able to do this while maintaining my strict daily regimen and while being on intravenous antibiotics for two weeks each semester. Not only did I complete my second year, but I did so with a 3.72 grade point average.

My academic success and the programming skills I possess helped me to be selected for the internship, but after my selection, I had to address the issue of my CF and the implications it would have on my position. I had to find the confidence to reach out to my manger to ensure that my time as an intern would be successful even if my experience differed from that of my peers.

This experience has shown me that finishing school and obtaining a career in my field is not only a dream but now a reality. I am not just an adult with CF. I am a fighter, and with the right mind set there is nothing I cannot accomplish.


Jamie H.'s Artwork


I wanted to create a design to empower young adults with Cystic Fibrosis to try and find the beauty in the chaotic life of pills, airway clearance, vests, hospital visits, antibiotics, and mucus. Stay strong and define yourself. Cystic Fibrosis does not define you.

Jamie H.'s Achievements

  • UNM Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Member
  • Recipient of University of New Mexico (UNM) Presidential Scholarship
  • Annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk, New Mexico Chapter, Albuquerque (2010 - 2014)
  • Association for Women Geoscientists for Outstanding Project in Environmental Science, 59th Annual New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair (Spring 2011)
  • 1st Place in Senior Division Environmental Science and Revived American Meteorological Society Outstanding Achievement, Central New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair Research Challenge (2011)
  • Recipient of Thunderbird Award, Recognizing young people who, through hard work and determination, overcome great personal difficulties to achieve their goals (2012)
  • Recipient of UNM Honors Program Honors Certificate for Exemplary GPA of 3.9 or above (Spring 2013)
  • Recipient of UNM School of Engineering Scholarship Summer Scholarship (Summer 2013)
  • Recipient of UNM School of Engineering Scholarship for Top Ten Achievers (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
  • Sandia National Laboratories Technical Undergraduate Internship (Summer 2014)