The Nevada Regents’ Rising Researcher Awards are presented annually to up to three NSHE permanent full-time faculty members at each UNLV, UNR, NSU, and DRI. UNLV will select three awardees each year. Awards are based on early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research.

Each award carries a $2,000 stipend. Faculty members who receive the Regents’ Rising Researcher Award may use the title as such in perpetuity.


Nominees must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be in an assistant professor position at the time of nomination.
  • Have a strong beginning record of accomplishment during the time of employment with NSHE.
  • Have a record of outstanding research accomplishment that is demonstrable through publications, patents and intellectual property, or grants and contracts.

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 research accomplishments and promise. 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
  • Letter of Support
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Supplemental Materials
  • 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