Each year, the NSHE Regents recognize one outstanding undergraduate scholar at each NSHE institution with the Sam Lieberman Regents’ Award for Student Scholarship. The award is based upon distinguished academic accomplishments (including research and other scholarly activities), leadership ability, and service contributions while the recipient is a registered student, as well as for the recipient’s potential for continued success. This award, which carries with it a $5,000 cash stipend, will be presented to one (1) UNLV undergraduate student.

All nominations must be submitted by an academic or administrator faculty nominator via email to our@unlv.edu on behalf of the student, and applications closed at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. The eligibility requirements and instructions for the nominator and nominee are outlined below.


  1. The nominee must be currently enrolled in no fewer than nine (9) undergraduate credits in the semester in which they are nominated (Fall 2022).
  2. The nominee must have completed a minimum of 62 total credit hours within NSHE institutions by the time the award is granted.
  3. Leadership and service accomplishments must have occurred while the nominee is a registered NSHE student.

Application Process & Deadline

Nominations must be submitted via email to our@unlv.edu by an academic or administrative faculty member, and will include the following items:

  1. A signed, dated, and completed NSHE Nomination Form.
  2. A formal letter of nomination (1-page maximum) addressing the following award criteria (also found on the nomination form):
    1. The nominee’s academic accomplishments detailing research and scholarly activities
    2. The nominee’s leadership contributions, both on- and off-campus, that as a registered NSHE student
    3. The nominee’s potential for continued success.
  3. A half-page biography of the nominee on UNLV letterhead.
  4. A current copy of the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (CV).
    1. This is an academic CV that details an individual’s academic and research training, experience, and accomplishments.
  5. A personal statement from the nominee (1-page maximum) addressing the following question:
    1. How would you assess your experience at UNLV academically and personally, and how has your UNLV experience, in the broadest sense, prepared you for achieving your future goals?
      1. This should include discussion of your academic, research, scholarly accomplishments, and your leadership experience as a UNLV / NSHE student.
  6. Additional letters of support are optional.

Nominees must provide a current copy of their CV as well as a personal statement to the nominator prior to submission. All materials must be submitted by the nominator via email to our@unlv.edu, by the application deadline (5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022).

Applications missing any component listed above are considered incomplete and therefore will not be considered for the Sam Lieberman Regents’ Award for Student Scholarship, and additional application components will not be considered.

Additional Documents

Past Awardees

  • 2022 - Vanessa Booth, College of Liberal Arts
  • 2021 - Michael Schwob, College of Sciences
  • 2020 - Dylan Wallace, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
  • 2019 - Hannah Patenaude, College of Sciences & College of Liberal Arts
  • 2018 - Jessa Li, College of Sciences & College of Liberal Arts
  • 2017 - Nemanja Novakovic, College of Sciences
  • 2016 - Casey Barber, School of Public Health
  • 2015 - Kevin Tamadonfar, College of Sciences
  • 2014 - Brittany Radke, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering