The Center for Advanced Studies was originally established in the College of Arts and Science in 1984 by the following Fellows:
The Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) was constituted by the Board of Regents in 1984. The purpose of the center is to recognize, facilitate and promote research and scholarship at the University of Nevada, Reno. The CAS members are the recipients of the University of Nevada, Reno Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award. Since 1975 this award has been presented annually to one of the best researchers at Nevada .
During the early 2000s, the Center was expanded to a University-wide organization.