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, althea.sheets@unlv.edu, 702-895-1880.

Shahram Latifi

2021 Distinguished Barrick Scholar Recipient

Shahram Latifi

Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

Professor Latifi joined UNLV in 1989, and since then has been the recipient of several college, university, and national academic awards. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a renowned international speaker in information technology

Jichun Li

2021 Distinguished Barrick Scholar Recipient

Jichun Li

Professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences
College of Sciences

Professor Li’s previous positions include a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, a summer research faculty fellowship at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and Associate Director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Li has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal publications, one monograph, and one graduate textbook. He currently serves on four international journal editorial boards and has edited several journal special issues.

Arya Udry

2021 Barrick Scholar Recipient

Arya Udry

Associate Professor
Department of Geosciences
College of Sciences

Dr. Udry is a geologist who studies martian meteorites and rover data to better understand the evolution of the interior of the Red Planet. She joined UNLV in 2014 and is one of thirteen scientists selected to participate in the 2020 Mars Mission. Dr. Udry is the recipient of multiple grants from the NASA Solar System Working Program and has published her research results in peer-reviewed journals.

John Hay

2021 Barrick Scholar Recipient

John Hay

Associate Professor
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Hay’s speciality is in nineteenth-century American literature and he joined UNLV in 2014. His  scholarship focuses on the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic themes in classic American literature. His books have been published by Cambridge University Press, and he has received prestigious grants from both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.