Regents' Rising Researcher Award

The Nevada Regents’ Rising Researcher Awards are given annually to four NSHE permanent full-time faculty members; one faculty member from each institution of UNLV, UNR, NSC, and DRI. Awards are based on early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research. The award carries a $2,000 stipend.

Candidates must be nominated for this honor.

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

Ashkan Salamat

2020 Recipient

Ashkan Salamat

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Sciences

Dr Salamat and his research team are exploring the high energy density landscape of light elemental (H-C-N-O) systems and their related compounds, which are relevant for Fundamental and Applied sciences. The Salamat lab has designed and built a number of unique laser heating systems, for accessing high temperatures and pressures, at a number of national laboratories. They continue to develop new tools to try and understand some of the most demanding questions in material science and physics. Dr Salamat is the recent recipient of the Early Career award from the Department of Energy, exploring a new group of materials known as metal superhydrides, that may hold the key to room-temperature superconductivity. He is also the lead PI on a NSF grant investigating the synthesis of technetium materials, these are radioactive samples with great importance in nuclear energy and medicine.

Award Timeline

  • Notification sent by Chancellor’s Office to NSHE campuses to begin the nomination process: Late August/Early September
  • Campuses forward nominations to System Office: Early December
  • System Office submits recommendations for award recipients to the Board of Regents: January - February

Composition of NSHE Selection Committee

  • Vice President for Research
  • Appropriate senior research faculty
  • Recommendations shall be presented to the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee for final approval.