Awards

Each year, the Graduate & Professional Student Association recognizes a variety of individuals from across disciplines and classifications at the University for their contributions to the development and continuing growth of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Deadline for nominations is December 10th. Brief descriptions of the awards are listed below.

General Information and Guidelines

  • Application deadline is December 10th at 11:59PM (PST).
  • Awards are open to all graduate and professional students.
  • Student Awards- recipients must remain in good standing in your degree program and enroll in a minimum of 6 graduate credits in the academic year of the award in order to be eligible
  • Selection Timeline (All GPSA Awards):
    • Awards Committee formed: September (1 year term)
    • GPSA department representatives are appointed members of the GPSA Council, each representing separate colleges. In cases where the nominee is from the same department as a selection committee member, the committee member will recuse themselves from voting in that award category
    • Awards Committee evaluates all nominations: by the end of January
    • Awards Committee recommends recipients to the GPSA Executive Board: by January 30th
    • Awardees are notified early February and recognized at the annual spring Research Forum. Please check website for the date of event.

Student & Faculty Awards

GPSA Outstanding Mentor Award

The purpose of the GPSA Outstanding Mentor Award is to acknowledge UNLV faculty who have demonstrated continued success in preparing graduate and professional students for academia. Each academic year, the GPSA recognizes up to three faculty providing outstanding research/teaching mentorship.

  • Full-time, tenure/ tenure track faculty from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas along with mentors are eligible for consideration. Individuals can self-nominate and are eligible to receive the Outstanding Mentor Award only once
  • Currently enrolled UNLV graduate and professional students may nominate current full- time, tenure track faculty members for this award. Each nomination application is to be regarded separate and unique; duplicate or closely worded recommendation letters will be invalidated. Each nomination must contain, and is limited to, the following:
    • A formal letter of nomination from at least one currently enrolled graduate or professional student.
    • Curriculum Vitae (optional, but encouraged) containing a listing of scholarly activity, leadership/service activities, awards, and honors of nominee

GPSA Service Award

($300.00 Monetary Award)

The purpose of the GPSA Service Award is to acknowledge up to three graduate and professional students each academic year who have displayed outstanding performance through their dedication and service to the UNLV and Las Vegas community. Individuals can self- nominate and are eligible to receive the Service Award only once.

  • Only currently enrolled graduate and professional students may be nominated. Students must be enrolled for the full academic year, i.e. the fall and following spring semester. Each nomination application is to be regarded separate and unique; duplicate or closely worded recommendation letters will be invalidated. Each nomination must contain, and is limited to, the following:
    • A formal letter of nomination from at least one currently enrolled graduate or professional student.
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume containing a listing of scholarly activity, leadership/service activities, awards and honors of nominee

GPSA Merit Award

($300.00 Monetary Award)

The purpose of the GPSA Merit Award is to acknowledge up to three graduate and professional students each academic year who have proven to be outstanding scholars in their field. Individuals can self-nominate themselves and are eligible to receive the Merit Award only once.

  • Only currently enrolled graduate and professional students may be nominated. Students must be enrolled for the full academic year, i.e. the fall and following spring semester. Each nomination application is to be regarded separate and unique; duplicate or closely worded recommendation letters will be invalidated. Each nomination must contain, and is limited to, the following:
    • A formal letter of nomination from at least one currently enrolled graduate or professional student.
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume containing a listing of scholarly activity, leadership/service activities, awards, and honors of nominee
    • Optional documents, i.e. journal publications, conference programs, etc.

GPSA Distinguished Contribution Award

The purpose of the GPSA Distinguished Contribution Award is to acknowledge one individual for their service to graduate and professional students each academic year from the following categories: UNLV administration, faculty, and staff. This award was enacted to bestow formal recognition upon devoted supporters of graduate and professional students who have made contributions that better the life of graduate and professional students.

Research Forum

Each year, the GPSA awards funding for research and conference travel to support projects that directly affect a student's degree program and make a contribution to his/her discipline. In 2019–2020, $170,000.00 was budgeted for student research and conference travel. Participation in the annual Research Forum is a requirement for students who receive GPSA funding. The forum is open to all UNLV graduate and professional students.