Spring Awards

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Every year the UNR Graduate Student Association gives ~$60,000 in awards and scholarships to graduate students at the university. The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators.

Completed application packets, including all supporting documentation, should be submitted online by 5:00pm on March 2, 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

Self-nominations are encouraged for all awards, except the Vada Trimble Outstanding Mentor award and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Applicants will be notified whether they have won an award by April 23. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony on April 30, 2018 in the JCSU Ballrooms. Doors will open at 6 pm with food and music available, the awards ceremony will begin at 7 pm. Winners are expected to attend.

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Program Overview: In honor of Dr. Glick's passion for first generation students, the Graduate Student Association offers this scholarship to masters and doctoral students who are the first in their family to pursue graduate education. The award is based on grade point average, personal statement, and letter of recommendation from a University faculty member. The MiIton Glick Memorial Scholarship is for $1000, disbursed in two equal payments in the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants for this award must be registered, full-time graduate student (9 credits or 6 credits with an assistantship) in good academic standing at the time of the application.
  • Applicants must be the first member of their immediate family to pursue graduate education.
    Members of the GSA Executive Council and Awards Committee, and persons involved with the judging process of any GSA awards, are ineligible to apply.
  • The winner of the Milton Glick Memorial Scholarship may not also be selected for the Outstanding Graduate Scholarship or the Outstanding International Graduate Scholarship.
  • Applicants must be enrolled for the upcoming fall semester in order to receive the scholarship.

Application Instructions: Please submit your online application packet by 5:00pm on due date (Please check the GSA events calendar and scholarship website for dates). Your application packet must include the following:

  • Completed application
  • Unofficial University of Nevada, Reno transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a UNR faculty member, detailing the excellence of the applicant's personal goals, scholarly work, and involvement in the department, university, and community.

Link to Online Application
Link to Faculty Recommendation Submission

Important Information:
The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators. The decisions of the judges are final. Applicants will be notified whether they have won an award early to mid April. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony in April. Winners are expected to attend.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-327-5190, gsa@unr.edu).

Program Overview: the Graduate Student Association offers the Outstanding Creative Writer scholarship to one exceptional graduate student. The scholarship is for $500, disbursed in two equal payments in the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters.

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 to apply.
  • Applicants must be enrolled for the upcoming Fall semester in order to receive the scholarship.

Judging Criteria: A panel of faculty judges will evaluate the submissions and choose a winner based on originality, form, movement, voice, style, mechanics, and overall effect, and their decision is final.

Application Instructions: Please submit your online application by 5:00pm on the due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and Scholarship webpage for dates). Your application packet must include the following:

  • Completed Cover Page (the online application)
  • No more than 25 pages of prose, or no more than 10 pages of poetry with no more than one poem per page attached/uploaded to the application. 
  • Please note that the writing does not have to be from a course, coursework, or have been published. Any writing sample(s) may be submitted. 

Link to Online Application


Important Information: The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators. The decisions of the judges are final. Applicants will be notified whether they have won an award by early to mid April. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony in April. Winners are expected to attend.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-327-5190, gsa@unr.edu).

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association offers the Outstanding Graduate Artist Award to recognize achievement in Fine Art. The award is for $500, disbursed in two equal payments in the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

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 to apply.

Judging Criteria: A guest juror will evaluate the candidates and decide the winner, and the judge's decision is final. Candidates will be evaluated based on artistic merit, demonstration of skill, ability to verbally communicate the conceptual and formal motivation of the artwork, and promise as a future career artist.

Application Instructions: Please submit your online application packet by 5:00pm on the due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and Scholarship webpage for dates). Your application packet must include the following:

    • Completed Online Application

Link to Online Application

  • In order to be considered, students must sign-up for a studio visit with the guest juror of the Annual Student Art Show hosted by the Art Department and Sheppard Gallery.
  • During the studio visit, the graduate candidate must show their current body of work and discuss their motivations with the juror.

Important Information: The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. The decision of the judge is final. Applicants will be notified after the Annual Student Art Show. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-327-5190, gsa@unr.edu).

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association offers this award program for an outstanding graduating graduate student. This award is given annually to a University of Nevada, Reno graduate student who has a distinguished record within their program and has also shown leadership qualities on campus and has worked for the improvement of the university. The recipient of this award will receive a plaque and an award of $1000, which can be used however the recipient wishes. The winner of this award will also be recognized at the University Honor the Best Ceremony.

Eligibility:

  • Candidates for this award must have graduated, or plan to graduate, in the most recent December, or upcoming May or August.
  • Members of the GSA Executive Council or Awards Committee, and anyone involved with judging any GSA award, are ineligible to be nominated.

Application Instructions: Please submit your online application packet by 5:00pm on the due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and scholarship page for dates). Your application packet must include the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of nomination from a University faculty member that describes: the significance, volume, and quality of the candidate's research; information about the candidate's academic record/achievements; information about the candidate's extracurricular activities and leadership qualities; and any other information about why this candidate stands out among other graduate students.
  • Supplemental supporting materials, including other letters of support, copies of news articles, or anything else that may provide useful information to the judges. Supplemental materials may not exceed 6 pages.

To access to application: 

Link to Online Application

Important Information: The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators. The decisions of the judges are final. Applicants will be notified whether they have won an award by early to mid April. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony in April. Winners are expected to attend.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-327-5190, gsa@unr.edu).

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association offers the Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship to outstanding, full-time graduate students. The scholarship is judged based on a faculty recommendation letter, your personal statement, scholarly work, and extracurricular activities completed during enrollment in your current degree program as a University of Nevada, Reno graduate student. The Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship is for $1,000, disbursed in two equal payments in upcoming fall and spring semesters.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants for this scholarship 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 to apply.
  • Applicants for the Outstanding International Graduate Student Scholarship may not apply for the Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship.
  • Applicants must be enrolled for the upcoming Fall semester in order to receive the scholarship.

Application Instructions: Please submit your online application packet by 5:00pm on due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and scholarship page for dates). Your application packet must include the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Unofficial University of Nevada, Reno transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a University faculty member.

Link to Online Application
Link to Faculty Recommendation Submission

Important Information: The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators. The decisions of the judges are final. Applicants will be notified whether they have won an award by early to mid-April. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony. Winners are expected to attend.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-327-5190, gsa@unr.edu).

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association offers an award program for outstanding graduate student researchers. This award is given annually to University of Nevada 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 $750.

Category A: Sciences/Mathematics/Engineering/Health Sciences

Category B: Liberal Arts/Education/Business/Journalism


The highest scoring applicant will also be recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher at the University Honor the Best Ceremony.

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 your online application packet by 5:00pm on due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and scholarship page for dates). 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 (up to 5 pages). Applicants may submit the following additional information: a copy of your curriculum vitae, list of all publications and highlighting work published in peer-reviewed journals; examples of significant published work that you feel are representative of your research; a Iist 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.

Link to Online Application
Link to Faculty Recommendation Submission

Important Information: The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators. The decisions of the judges are final. Applicants will be notified whether they have won an award by early to mid April . All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony in April. Winners are expected to attend.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-327-5190, gsa@unr.edu).

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association offers the Outstanding International Graduate Student Scholarship to outstanding, full-time international graduate students. The award is judged based on a faculty recommendation letter, your personal statement, scholarly work, and extracurricular activities completed during enrollment in your current degree program as a University of Nevada graduate student. The Outstanding International Graduate Student Scholarship is for $1000, disbursed in two equal payments in the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

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.
  • Applicants must be attending UNR on an F-1 or J-1 visa. Members of the GSA Executive Council and Awards Committee, and persons involved with the judging process of any GSA awards, are ineligible to apply.
  • Applicants for the Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship may not apply for the Outstanding International Graduate Student award.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in the upcoming fall semester in order to receive the scholarship.

Application Instructions: Please submit your online application packet by 5:00pm on the due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and scholarship page for dates). Your application packet must include the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Unofficial University of Nevada, Reno transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a UNR faculty member

Link to Online Application
Link to Faculty Recommendation Submission

Important Information: The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators. The decisions of the judges are final. Applicants will be notified whether they have won an award by early to mid April. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony in April. Winners are expected to attend.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-327-5190, gsa@unr.edu).

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association promotes outstanding scholarship among graduate students by sponsoring the annual Paper competition award. Research may be presented in one of the two categories detailed below:
PAPER A: Sciences/Mathematics/Engineering/Health Sciences
PAPER B: Liberal Arts/Education/Business/Journalism
Each category will have a first place winner ($650), a second place winner ($500), and a third place winner ($300). If the entrants in any category are too few for legitimate competition, the GSA Awards Committee reserves the right to reduce the number of winners. Applicants may submit no more than one entry per category. 

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 to apply.

Judging Criteria: Entries in each category will be judged on style, clarity, professionalism, originality, relevance, contribution to the discipline, and overall presentation. Multiple-authored entries are acceptable only if the competitor is the lead author, and any award money will be given only to the lead author. Please keep in mind that all entries will be judged by faculty from areas outside your exact discipline/program.

Application Instructions: Please submit your online application packet by 5:00pm on due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and scholarship page for dates). Your application packet must include the following:

  • Completed Online Application
  • One copy of your paper, uploaded with the application. Please note that it is not a requirement for the paper to have already been published, accepted for publication, etc. However, when determining the paper's relevance and contribution to the discipline the judges may take this into consideration. 

Link to Online Application

Important Information: The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators. The decisions of the judges are final. Applicants will be notified whether they have won an award by mid to late April. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony in April. Winners are expected to attend.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-327-5190, gsa@unr.edu).

Applicants may submit only one entry per category:
PAPER A/B: Papers submitted must be documented in the style of their discipline. Papers may not exceed 25 pages in length, including references and appendices. Papers should be double-spaced in 12-point font. Please submit one copy of your paper with the application form. Pages beyond the 25-page limit will be discarded, and not forwarded to the judges.

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association offers this merit-based grant program allowing graduate students the opportunity to compete for monetary support for their research and scholarly projects. It is our goal to provide funding opportunities that encompass a wide range of scholarly activities of graduate students from a breadth of disciplines. For the Spring Awards, the Graduate Student Association has a pool of $25,000 for grant funding, and will award as many grants as possible, up to $2,500 per student. A panel of judges from multiple academic departments will evaluate the grant proposals. Please note: There is both a Fall and Spring deadline for the Research Grant Program. This is the only award that has deadlines during both semesters. 

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 to apply.
  • Awards will be made for the 2017-2018 academic year and will be available beginning in August. Students must be enrolled for Fall Semester 2017 classes at UNR in order to access funds.

Funding Priorities: The Graduate Student Association will place priority on proposaIs that are of high quality, viable, and meritorious-have demonstrable, measurable outcomes-are financially feasible and have demonstrated the ability to meet project goals, budget, and timeline

Application Instructions: Please submit your online application packet by 5:00pm on due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and Scholarship Page for dates). Your application packet must include the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Letter of recommendation from advisor addressing the merits of the proposed project
  • Certificate of Protocol form, for research involving human subjects (NOTE: if your research has not yet been approved by the IRB, you may submit an unofficial copy of your Protocol Application; if you are granted an award, funds will not be released until you provide GSA with a final approved Certificate of Protocol.)

Link to Online Application
Link to Faculty Recommendation Submission

Important Information: The GSA Awards Program is a highly competitive process. Applications are judged by University faculty members and administrators. The decisions of the judges are final. The maximum grant amount will be $2,500 per student. Requests for more than $2,500 wiII not be considered. All applicants are invited to attend the GSA Awards Ceremony in April. Winners are expected to attend.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-327-5190, gsa@unr.edu).

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association offers the Vada Trimble Outstanding Mentor Award to honor an individual who has been a true friend and advocate for graduate students. Has someone in your department consistently been there for you in good times and in bad? Has this person consistently encouraged and supported you in your graduate studies? If so, you may nominate this person for the Vada Trimble Outstanding Mentor Award. Your mentor does not necessarily have to be a full-time professor. The recipient of this award will receive a certificate and $500, which can be used however the recipient wishes.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees for this award must be employed by the University of Nevada, Reno as academic or administrative faculty members for the current academic year.
  • Nominators must be currently enrolled graduate students.

Nomination Instructions: Please submit your online application by 5:00pm on due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and Scholarship Page for dates). Your nomination packet must include the following:

  • Completed nomination form, including a Letter of recommendation explaining the merits of your nominee-the nomination letter may not exceed 2 pages
  • Up to 3 pages of supporting documentation

Link To Online Application

Important Information: The Vada Trimble Outstanding Mentor Award winner will be notified prior to the Awards Ceremony and formally recognized at the Ceremony. The nominating graduate student will be expected to present the award to their mentor at the Ceremony.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-784-4629, gsa@unr.edu).

Program Overview: Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association is pleased to offer the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. This award is designed to recognize graduate students who are teaching assistants or instructors who go above and beyond their assigned duties. If you know of such a graduate teaching assistant, please nominate them for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The recipient(s) of this award will receive $500, which can be used however the recipient(s) wishes.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees for this award must be a current graduate student who has been employed as a teaching assistant or instructor employed by the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Nominees must have taught in or before last semester, i.e. a brand new GTA for Spring 2018 may not be nominated this year

  • Nominators must be current academic or administrative faculty members

Nomination Instructions: Please submit your online application by 5:00pm on due date (Please check the GSA Events Calendar and Scholarship Page for dates). Your nomination packet must include the following:

  • Completed nomination form, including a Letter of recommendation explaining the merits of your nominee-the nomination letter may not exceed 2 pages
  • Up to 3 pages of supporting documentation

Link To Online Application

Important Information: The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award winner will be notified prior to the Awards Ceremony and formally recognized at the Ceremony.


Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (775-784-4629, gsa@unr.edu).

 Please note:


For Awards:

  • Students must in good academic standing at the time of application as well as the time of accepting the award.
  • Students who apply must not be graduating within the next year (with the exception being the Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student Award and the Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award).

For Scholarships:

  • Scholarships are primarily awarded based on merit from donor funds with specific criteria. Therefore, satisfactory progress standards are different from those for financial aid. In most cases, scholarship recipients must meet both financial aid SAP and scholarship SAP.
  • Students must be enrolled in coursework in both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Students must complete the scholarship application form through the University of Nevada, Reno (found on MyNevada) in order to be eligible for any UNR scholarship, including ones offered by the GSA.
  • Scholarships are limited to students who have attempted fewer than 150% of the minimum degree requirement. Generally, this is less than 45 graduate level credits for Masters candidates, 90 graduate level credits for terminal degree masters programs and 108 graduate level credits for Ph.D. candidates. In most cases, 150% of the minimum degree requirement results in a maximum credit limit of 12 thesis and 36 dissertation credits for scholarship awards.
  • Cancellation of scholarships occurs under the following conditions: demonstrated continued academic deficiencies that prevented the student from earning the required minimum GPA and credits; the student has already received a probationary term for a multi-year scholarship; the academic deficiencies are so great that it is not possible to correct them prior to the start of the academic year; a change of major has been made to a field that is not allowed under the donor's award criteria; the student is no longer enrolled as a full-time student at the institution; based on a satisfactory progress report, the donor has decided to cancel the award regardless of the institution's policies. Students who, upon request, do not provide a thank you note for a scholarship donor may have future semesters of the award canceled.
  • Satisfactory progress is checked at the end of each fall and spring term for students receiving scholarships. As a courtesy, notifications will be sent to those who have not met the award's minimum requirements. However, due to time constraints between terms, some notifications may not arrive in time to allow recipients to remedy deficiencies or make other arrangements for payment. Recipients are responsible for monitoring their own progress and knowing the award criteria for each of their scholarships. A student who receives a notice that they are on scholarship probation have one semester to cure the deficiency (either grade or credits) and receive the related scholarship funding during the probationary semester.