The Nevada Regents’ Researcher Awards are presented annually to two permanent full-time faculty members at UNLV, UNR, NSU, or DRI with a distinguished record in research. One award will be given for Distinguished Career research, and one award will be given for Mid-Career research.

Each award carries a $5,000 stipend. Faculty members who receive the Regents’ Researcher Award may use the title as such in perpetuity.


Recipients must be nominated for this award and must meet the following criteria to be eligible.

  • Distinguished Career Award - Nominees must have at least 10 years of cumulative service in NSHE by the date of nomination. In addition, nominees must have an overall career/service of at least 20 years in research.
  • Mid-Career Award - Nominees must have at least 5 years of cumulative service in NSHE by the date of nomination. In addition, nominees must have a career/service of at least 5 years but less than 20 years in research.

Although these awards are intended for individuals, groups who by their collaboration have made major advances may be recognized as well.

Nomination Requirements

Nominees must be nominated by an NSHE employee or student. Self nominations are not accepted. Nominators should submit a formal nomination letter which speaks to the nominee’s excellence in their field and record of research. Requirements for the nomination letter can be found in the Regents’ Awards Guidance document.

Please note: If you intend to nominate a faculty member, please notify the nominee and submit the nomination letter to them directly. The nominee should compile all application materials, including the nomination letter, into a single PDF file and submit it by the deadline.

Application Materials

Nominees must provide a number of materials to support their nomination. These required materials include:

  • Nomination Form
  • Table of Contents
  • Nomination Letter
  • Letters of Support
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Supplemental Materials (required)
  • Biography

Please consult the Regents’ Awards Guidance document for additional requirements and more information about collecting, creating, and organizing these materials. Further details can be found in the Board of Regents’ Procedures and Guidelines Manual, Chapter 8, Section 2.

For guidance on the appearance of these documents, please see available templates for the table of contents.

All materials must be compiled into a single PDF file and submitted online through the UNLV Regents’ Awards Portal. For materials that do not fit into the PDF format, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Books - make a copy of the cover and a few relevant pages and include those copies in the application packet.
  • Videos - submit videos to by utilizing a file-sharing service such as WeTransfer.


Althea Sheets

Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Development Manager