The Provost's Office coordinates several campus-wide academic awards, many of which are presented at the University's Honor the Best celebration, an annual event to recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty, staff, and students. These awards include:
The Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award has been given annually since 1996 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.
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. Funding is provided by the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and the Office of the Provost.
The F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher Award has been conferred to the university's finest teachers since 1973. Recipients come from a wide variety of UNR teaching departments. Each year two recipients are selected based on nominations from the deans of each college, submission of teaching portfolios by the nominees, and classroom observations. Funding is provided by the UNR Foundation, ASUN, and the Office of the Provost.
The inaugural Paul and Judy Bible Teaching Excellence Award will be presented at the 2018 Spring Commencement. This $10,000 award was established through a permanent endowment by Paul Bible, former chair of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Board of Trustees. Paul and his late wife Judy were both graduates of Nevada, Paul in economics and Judy in elementary education. They valued the education they received at Nevada and the efforts of their teachers. Nominations are to be submitted by students who are enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno at the time of nomination. University academic faculty members whose appointments are least 0.5 FTE are eligible to be nominated for this 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. Funding is provided by the UNR Foundation.
Established in 2011, 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. Funding is provided by the Office of International Students & Scholars, University Studies Abroad Consortium, and the Office of the Provost.
The Thornton Peace Prize was established in 1970 by William and Barbara Thornton, both graduates of the University of Nevada, Reno. This award is given annually to recognize 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.
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.
The Nevada Regents' Scholar Awards annually recognize one undergraduate and one graduate student who have distinguished academic accomplishments, significant leadership ability and service contributions as well as the potential for continued success.
The Nevada Regents' Teaching Award is given annually to a faculty member with a distinguished record of teaching. One award is givin annually to a full-time faculty member who provides instruction as their primary assignment at UNLV, UNR, NSC, or DRI. This is a prestigious award, and the winner receives a special medal and a check for $5,000.