What does it mean to be "a land-grant university"? 

Nearly 160 years ago, Abraham Lincoln signed a law that transformed agriculture and education—and transformed Nevada along the way. Named after its congressional sponsor, the Morrill Act of 1862 directed the states to create institutions of higher learning for the study of agriculture and mechanics, and provided public land to each state for that purpose.

These land-grant universities were the “peoples’ universities,” established to provide access and opportunity for working people previously excluded from higher education—and to bring the benefits of emerging research and knowledge to the entire state.

In 1874, the State University of Nevada was founded in Elko as Nevada’s first institution of higher education, which became Nevada State University in 1906. It was later renamed the University of Nevada and, eventually, the University of Nevada, Reno in 1969. Today, the University delivers on its land-grant mission of expanding access to education and knowledge by sharing research, knowledge and expertise daily in every county throughout the Silver State. Learn more about our land-grant mission in the video below. 

Legislative session

Regular sessions of the Nevada Legislature are held biennially in odd-numbered years. They convene on the first Monday in February after the election of members of the Senate and Assembly. Sessions are limited to 120 calendar days following the approval by voters of a constitutional amendment in 1998.

At other times, the Governor may, for a specific purpose, call the Legislature into special session, or the Legislature may, upon a petition signed by two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the Legislature, convene a special session for a specific purpose without action by the Governor. Learn more about the Nevada Legislature.

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The Knowledge Fund

The Knowledge Fund, administered by Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, is a major instrument to recruit highly specialized science and research faculty. This recruitment effort further expands already existing research areas of excellence in the state and thereby assists applied research centers in the effort to support industry innovation in Nevada. Through the Knowledge Fund, GOED supports projects at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and the Desert Research Institute (DRI).

To obtain this funding, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) submits applications to GOED for projects that could benefit from Knowledge Fund support. View some of the University's supported projects.

Governor Sisolak visits the University of Nevada, Reno campus

Governor Sisolak speaks to Dev Chidmbaram, director, Nevada Institute for Sustainability and Mark Pandori, director, Nevada Public Health Lab.