The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award aims to stimulate interest in research involvement at the undergraduate level and recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate and exemplify excellence in research.

Each year, OUR identifies and honors one undergraduate student researcher with a monetary prize of $500 and a plaque acknowledging the award.

Successful submissions are expected to clearly demonstrate outstanding contributions to research by an undergraduate student during the calendar year.


All current and enrolled UNLV undergraduate students are eligible for considerations.

Nomination Process


All nominations must be submitted online by an academic or administrative faculty.

Nominating faculty are required to submit the following as part of the nomination package:

  • A completed nomination form via the submission portal
  • One-page letter of nomination describing the student’s involvement in undergraduate research process, their continued success in research and contribution to research at UNLV and to their field, and evidence of quality of the research through professional conference presentations, publications, external research funding and/or awards, and performance or exhibitions, etc.
  • A current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV)

Submit your nomination

Program Rules

Awardees are expected to meet the requirements listed below:

  • Present at one of OUR’s triannual research symposia
  • Represent OUR in research-related events
  • Awardees in the advanced stages of their research are strongly encouraged to submit a manuscript to Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal

Past Awardees

  • 2021
    • Vanessa Booth
    • Aaron Cheng
  • 2020
    • Mary Blankenship
  • 2019
    • Michael Schwob 
  • 2018
    • Sophia Araujo-Hernandez
  • 2016
    • Diana Pena
  • 2016
    • Justin Le