Barrick Scholar Awards

The Barrick Scholar Awards are designed to recognize faculty members who have established a record of distinguished research or have demonstrated excellence in the area of creative activity. These awards are funded by an endowment from the late Marjorie Barrick and are made following recommendations of a committee of former recipients. The Provost’s Office selects the final honorees.

These awards are based principally on the quality and quantity of research publication or creative activity, which is judged to be extraordinary and distinguished. Only full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who have completed at least three years of full-time employment at UNLV prior to the application deadline are eligible for these awards. Candidates must be nominated by an NSHE employee.

The call for nominations is announced in the fall each year.

The awards are offered in two categories:

  • The Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award, which is presented to faculty members with 10 years of service or more in an academic environment after the terminal degree, carries a $5,000 stipend.
  • The Barrick Scholar Award, which is presented to faculty members with fewer than 10 years of service in an academic environment after the terminal degree, carries a $2,500 stipend.

Call for Nominations and Application Process

For more information, contact Althea Sheets, Communications Manager,, 702-895-1880.

Brian Hedlund

2020 Distinguished Scholar Recipient

Brian Hedlund

School of Life Sciences
College of Sciences

Professor Hedlund has published 90 peer-reviewed papers, 35 book chapters, and has been funded consistently by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), and National Institutes of Health (NIH).He has wide expertise in microbiology, but has been particularly impactful on the microbiology of high-temperature springs and the discovery of new lineages of life, many of which evolved over a billion years ago and have never previously been studied in detail.

Shichun Huang

2020 Scholar Recipient

Shichun Huang

Associate Professor
Department of Geoscience
College of Sciences

Dr. Huang’s areas of research include elemental and isotopic tracers to study the origins of the Earth and the early solar system, as well as their subsequent evolution. Supported by NSF and NASA grants, Huang’s research efforts focus on the Hawaiian volcanism to test the mantle plume hypothesis, deep mantle inclusions trapped in diamonds to understand the mantle dynamics, and chodrites and lunar rocks to constrain the early solar system evolution. He teaches mineralogy, igneous petrology, high temperature geochemistry, and cosmochemistry within the undergraduate and graduate programs, and he also manages the UNLV ICP-MS lab and serves as an associate editor for Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.