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Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Award

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association offers an award program for outstanding graduate student researchers. This award is given annually to University of Nevada, Reno graduate students with a distinguished record in research or creative activities. One applicant in each category will be selected and receive an award in the amount of $650.

The Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher awards will be disbursed in two equal payments in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The highest scoring applicant will also be recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno Honor the Best Ceremony.

Category A: Sciences/Mathematics/Engineering/Health Sciences

Category B: Liberal Arts/Education/Business/Journalism

Eligibility: Applicants for this award must be registered, full-time graduate students (9 credits or 6 credits with an assistantship) in good academic standing at the time of application. Members of the GSA Executive Council and Awards Committee, and persons involved with the judging process of any GSA awards, are ineligible.

Application Instructions: Please submit one copy of your application packet to the GSA Office (JCSU 302, Mail Stop 0057) Applications must be submitted to the GSA Office in hard copy. Emails or electronic submissions will not be accepted.Your nomination packet must include the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of recommendation demonstrating clear evidence that the applicant's research contributes to the development of new knowledge within their discipline. The evidence should reflect recognized evaluations in the form of critically reviewed papers, presentations, and other forms of scholarly activity or recognition. In areas where research grants and contracts are an important part of the research effort, there must be clear evidence that the candidate has been competitive for such grants. The recommendation letter should indicate the significance, volume, and quality of the candidate's research so that it can be easily understood by scholars from other disciplines.
  • Supplemental Documentation. Applicants may submit the following additional information:
    • a copy of your curriculum vitae, listing all publications and highlighting work published in peer-reviewed journals;
    • examples of significant published work that you feel are representative of your research;
    • a list of grants and contracts received, indicating the project title, name of grant, amount of grant, beginning and termination dates, and the nature of the competition for that grant;
    • up to 2 additional letters of recommendation from those familiar with your research.


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