Student support fund named in honor of longtime U-M librarian

January 29, 2020

Before her death on December 22, 2019, longtime U-M Librarian Pamela J. MacKintosh created an endowed fund to support the efforts of undergraduate students, a population she cared about deeply.

The Pamela J. MacKintosh Undergraduate Support Fund will cover the library’s annual Undergraduate Research Awards — an awards program that highlights the best in undergraduate student research  — in perpetuity. But MacKintosh, whose gift did not specify that the awards be renamed in her honor, wasn’t one to call for the spotlight. 

It’s instead in recognition of MacKintosh and her gift that U-M Library staff have announced the newly named Pamela J. MacKintosh Undergraduate Research Awards, to honor and remember a colleague whose professional efforts and dedication never strayed from serving the U-M community.

“Pam was a fierce advocate of the program and did everything within her power to ensure the award’s continued success,” said U-M Librarian Diana Perpich in remarks announcing the award. “Pam cared deeply that undergrads who did research on this campus and students who used the library should be recognized for their hard work.

“Through her investment, Pam’s contribution will continue to foster the success of our undergraduate students and award recipients for years to come.”

MacKintosh had been with the U-M Library since 1991. In October of 2019, she received the University Librarian Achievement Award, acknowledging exceptional distinction reflected in active and sustained professional achievements at the university.

Pamela J. MacKintosh

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