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Awards and Grants

The Provost's Office coordinates several campus-wide academic awards

During the "Honor the Best" event each May, the Executive Vice President and Provost gives several awards for teaching, advising and outreach.

F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher Award

Deans are asked to recommend their faculty for the F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher Award during the fall semester. Supporting materials are submitted by the nominee to the Distinguished Teacher Committee. Committee members visit each nominee's classroom while class is in session. The $5,000 award is funded by the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN), and the Office of the Provost.

Foundation Professor Award

The Foundation Professor program was developed in 1983 to recognize and salute the university's professors for outstanding achievements, particularly in research and teaching. The award is for a three-year period during which the individuals selected receive a $5,000 annual stipend to be used in professional endeavors, a one course per semester reduction in teaching load, and recognition at the annual Foundation Banquet in early fall. In addition, Foundation Professors' names appear in the University's Honor Court. Candidates for the award must meet the established criteria and are nominated by their deans in the spring of each year. Funding is provided by the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation.

Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award

In recognition of the importance of faculty outreach, the Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award program began in 2004. The award was developed to recognize and salute the university's faculty for outstanding outreach activities. Academic and administrative faculty on a half-time or greater appointment with the University of Nevada, Reno are eligible. Nominees for the award are solicited from deans in August of each year. Applications are judged by a selection committee on the overall impact of their work, the sustained nature of their contributions, and the collaboration fostered by their activities.  The recipient will receive a $5,000 award, a plaque, and recognition at the annual Honor the Best Ceremony in May. Funding is provided by the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and the Office of the Provost.

The University and Board of Regents' Academic Advisor Award

The University Academic Advisor Award is given annually to faculty or staff members with distinguished records of student advisement. Two awards are granted, one for undergraduate advisement and one for graduate advisement. Full-time faculty, professional staff, and classified staff who provide academic advising as part of their regular or primary assignment are eligible for the award. Although these awards are intended for individuals, groups who have made outstanding contributions in academic advising may be recognized as well. Recipients of the University award receive $1,000 and are recognized at the annual Honor the Best ceremony.

The recipients of the University award are then eligible for the Regent's Academic Advisor Award. The Regents provide one system-wide award of $5,000 each for the Regent's Undergraduate Advisor Award and the Regent's Graduate Advising Award. Recipients also receive an invitation to a reception sponsored by the Regents toward the end of the spring semester. Nominations are requested in the early fall and can be made by any member of the university community.

Regents' Scholar Awards

The $5,000 Regents' Scholar award recognizes outstanding student scholars at each NSHE institution.  This award is given annually to an undergraduate and graduate student at the University.  Awards are based upon distinguished academic accomplishments, leadership ability, and service contributions while a registered student, as well as the recipient's potential for continued success.  Eligibility criteria for the award is as follows:  (1) Nominees must be enrolled in no fewer than 9 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits in the semester in which they are nominated; (2) University undergraduate student nominees must have completed a minimum of 62 total credit hours within NSHE institutions by the time the award is granted.  University graduate student nominees must have been accepted to graduate standing by the time the award is granted; (3) Leadership and service accomplishments must have occurred while the nominee is a registered NSHE student.

Board of Regents' Teaching Award

The Nevada Regents Teaching Award is given annually to a faculty member with a distinguished record of teaching. One award is given annually to a full-time faculty member who provides instruction as their primary assignment at UNLV, UNR, or NSC and DRI faculty who provide instruction as part of their regular assignment. Each of these institutions is entitled to forward one nomination for the award. Nominations can be made by any NSHE employee or student, using the published criteria for the award. This is a prestigious award, and the winner receives a special medal and a check for $5,000. Nominations are made in early fall each year, with the winner being announced in early spring.

Global Engagement Award

The Global Engagement Award is a university-wide award for full-time academic faculty and administrative faculty in recognition of their outstanding contributions to international programs; international program development; academic and global research programs; or international research and teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno. The award is sponsored by the OISS, USAC, and the Office of the Provost, and administered by the University's International Activities Committee. Recipients of the Global Engagement Ward receive a certificate of recognition from the University of Nevada, Reno President at the annual "Honor the Best" ceremony and a one-time monetary award of $1,500.

International Activities Grants

During the fall semester, academic and administrative faculty will be invited to submit proposals for up to $3,000 in funding for projects that will enhance and promote the development of curricula, programs, research, and other creative efforts that have a significant international dimension. The grant program gives special consideration to proposals that produce meaningful results that contribute to the international strengths of the university. Proposals are reviewed by the International Activities Committee, and recommendations for funding are made by the end of the fall semester. The award is funded by the Office of the Provost.

Instructional Enhancement Grants

The Instructional Enhancement Grants Program provides grants from a few hundred to five thousand dollars to enhance any aspect of the instructional mission of the university. This includes the traditional classroom-based modes of instruction as well as other modes, such as tutoring, electronic distance education, directing graduate students, and advising. Continuing faculty on continuing appointments greater than .50 FTE are eligible to apply. A call for proposals is made early in the spring -semester each year, with proposals reviewed by a committee and notifications of funding announced in early April. Projects must be completed by the end of May of the following year.

Margery Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award

The Margery Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award is given annually to recognize a graduating student at the University of Nevada, Reno who has made a significant contribution to the community through volunteer work. The award is funded by the son and daughter of Margery Cavanaugh.  The award winner will be honored at the Honor the Best ceremony in May with a $1,000 check (net of taxes).

Individuals meeting the criteria for the award may be nominated or may apply.

Submit nominations and applications to Alissa Mortensen at alissam@unr.edu or in person to the Provost's Office, Clark Administration Building #110 by Friday, March 14, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.  Late applications or nominations will not be considered.

Thornton Peace Prize

The Thornton Peace Prize was established in 1970 by William and Barbara Thornton, both graduates of the University of Nevada, Reno.  This award, given annually, recognizes an individual or group from the university community who exemplifies by word or deed that use of force is not an acceptable means for settling disputes.  Nominations may be for a member of the faculty, students, or a campus group or organization. The award winner will be honored at the Honor the Best ceremony in May with a $1,000 check (net of taxes).

Nomination letters and appropriate documentation supporting the nominee should be sent to Alissa Mortensen at alissam@unr.edu or be delivered in person to the Provost's Office, Clark Administration Building #110 by Friday, March 14, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.  Late nominations will not be considered.

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