Regents' Researcher Awards: Call for Nominations

Each fall, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) seeks nominations for the annual Regents' Researcher Awards, which include a $5,000 stipend, certificate, and a medal of recognition. Applications are submitted through the Regents' Awards Portal. Applications are submitted through the Regents' Awards Portal.


These awards are presented annually to NSHE faculty members with a distinguished record in research. Faculty from UNLV, UNR, and DRI are eligible; although this award is intended for individuals, groups who have made major advances through their collaborations may be recognized as well. Candidates for the Distinguished Career Researcher Award must have 10 years of cumulative service in NSHE by the date of the nomination and be nominated by a NSHE employee or student in order to be considered for the award. Candidates for the Mid-Career Researcher Award must have 5 years of cumulative service in NSHE by the date of the nomination and be nominated by a NSHE employee or student in order to be considered for the award.

Nomination Requirements

Those submitting nominations must be NSHE employees or students. (Self nominations are not accepted.) A formal nomination letter addressing the following should be submitted:

  • The significance, volume, and quality of the candidate' research in such a way as to clarify the nominee's activities for individuals from other disciplines.
  • The ways in which the candidate's research or scholarly work has brought recognition to the NSHE.
  • Clear evidence of the national or international stature of the candidate's research. This evidence should reflect recognized evaluation in the form of critically reviewed papers, presentations, books, monographs, and other forms of scholarly activity or recognition. A fuller listing of these should be provided in the candidate's curriculum vitae, which must be attached to the letter of nomination.
  • In those disciplines where research grants and contracts are recognized as an important part of career achievement, there must be clear evidence provided in the letter of nomination that the candidate has been competitive for such grants at the national and or international level.
  • The candidate's continuous record of long-term research.

*Please note: If you intend to nominate a faculty member, please notify the nominee and submit the nomination letter to him/her. The nominee should compile all application materials as a single pdf file, including the nomination letter, and submit them by the deadline through the Regents' Awards Portal.

Application Packet

Nominees must provide all materials to support their nominations. These materials include:

  • A copy of the nomination letter.
  • The nominee's current curriculum vitae, including a list of grants and contracts received, indicating the project title, name of grantor, amount of grant, beginning and termination dates, and the nature of the competition for the grant.
  • No more than three examples (reprints or copies) of significant published works that the candidate feels are representative of his or her research accomplishments.
  • No more than three letters of support from persons knowledgeable of the nominee's qualifications.
  • No more than three reviews, adjudications, or testimonials conferred by persons who audited the original work.
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of up to five persons outside of the NSHE whom the Selection Committee can contact about the candidate's research achievements.

All materials must be compiled as a single pdf files and submitted online through the Regents' Awards Portal.


The deadline for all materials is 5 p.m., Sept. 28, 2018. The nominee should compile all materials in pdf format for submission online. Materials that cannot be submitted online due to file size (e.g. entire books) can be delivered to Jill Zimbelman.


Jill Zimbelman