Regents' Researcher Awards

The Nevada Regents’ Researcher Awards are given annually to two permanent full-time NSHE faculty members at UNLV, UNR, NSC, or DRI with a distinguished record in research; one Distinguished Career Researcher Award and one Mid-Career Researcher Award. Although these awards are intended for individuals, groups — who by their collaboration have made major advances — may be recognized as well. However, the selection committee may choose to send forward more than one recommendation in exceptional circumstances.

Recipients must be nominated for this honor, which carries a $5,000 stipend.

Distinguished Career Researcher candidates must have 10 years of cumulative service in the NSHE by the date of the nomination. In addition, candidates must have overall career/service of at least 20 years in research.

Mid-Career Researcher candidates must have 5 years of cumulative services in the NSHE by the date of the nomination. In addition, candidates must have career/service of at least 5 years but less than 20 years in research.

Award Timeline

  • Notification sent by Chancellor’s Office to NSHE campuses to begin the nomination process: late August/early September
  • NSHE Selection Committee formed: October–November
  • Campuses forward nominations to System Office: late October
  • Selection Committee evaluates all nominations: November
  • Vice Chancellor’s meeting to recommend award recipients: December-January
  • System Office submits recommendations for award recipients to the Board of Regents: January-February

Composition of NSHE Selection Committee

  • Vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (nonvoting chair)
  • Research Affairs Council members: UNLV, UNR, DRI; and a representative from NSC.
  • Three external reviewers selected from a pool submitted by the Research Affairs council from UNR, UNLV, and DRI and a representative from NSC.
  • The recommendation of the selection committee shall be presented to the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee for final approval.