Call for University-wide Award Nominations
Award icon Call for university-wide award nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the University of Nebraska’s prestigious annual faculty and entrepreneurial awards. These awards honor exemplary faculty, student and business efforts in teaching, research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Faculty, students and businesses are encouraged to submit nominations or applications, as appropriate, for the awards. All nomination forms, criteria, deadlines and instructions are available at http://www.nebraska.edu/awards.

Following is a brief description of each award.

Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award: Two ORCA awards are presented each year in honor of outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance conducted by individual full-time faculty members. Faculty members receiving the ORCA have sustained records of excellent accomplishment in their respective fields. Recipients are honored at a ceremony in the spring and are each awarded $10,000, a medallion and a plaque. Deadlines: Letters of support from peer reviewers are due to the Office of the Provost by Nov. 7; all other nomination materials are due to the Provost’s office by Nov. 14.

Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA): Two OTICA awards are presented each year in honor and recognition of meritorious and sustained records of excellence in teaching and creative activity related to teaching. Recipients are honored at a ceremony in the spring and are each awarded $10,000, a medallion and a plaque. Deadlines: Nomination materials are due to the Office of the Chancellor on the respective campus by Oct. 24. Campus chancellors will forward their selected nominations to the Provost’s office by Nov. 21.

Innovation, Development and Engagement Award (IDEA): Up to two IDEA awards are presented each year to honor faculty members who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the university in ways that have enriched the broader community. These faculty members have worked with citizens, businesses, government and non-profit organizations, other institutions, communities or regions to develop new ideas, projects, technologies, events or businesses that resulted in new development that strengthened the region or community economically, culturally, environmentally or governmentally. Recipients are honored at a ceremony in the spring and are each awarded $10,000, a medallion and a plaque. Deadlines: Nomination materials and letters of support from peer reviewers are due to the Office of the Chancellor on the respective campus by Oct. 24. Campus chancellors will forward their selected nominations to the Provost’s office by Nov. 21.

University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA): One UDTA award is presented each year in honor of a department or unit within the university that has made a unique and significant contribution to the teaching efforts of the university and that has an outstanding esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of students at the undergraduate, graduate or professional levels. The honored department is awarded $25,000 to be used in whatever manner the department sees fit. Faculty members of the chosen department also are awarded at a ceremony in the spring. Deadlines: Nomination materials are due to the Office of the Chancellor on the respective campus by Oct. 24. Campus chancellors will forward their selected nominations and their endorsements to the Provost’s office by Nov. 21.

Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award: The Walter Scott award encourages existing businesses with a presence in Nebraska to create partnerships and links with the university in the areas of technology. The award will be given annually by the Board of Regents. Award winners receive $10,000 to be used for the promotion and/or creation of multiple student work experiences in the fields of information science, technology and engineering. Deadlines: Nomination forms are due Nov. 14, and completed applications must be submitted to the Office of the Provost by Jan. 9, 2012.

Peter Kiewit Student Entrepreneurial Award: The Peter Kiewit award recognizes NU students who have directed their energies, ideas and talents toward community and business improvements with the creative and innovative use of information technology. The award is accompanied by a $2,500 cash prize and is given by the Board of Regents to an NU student or team of students enrolled in a degree program during the entrepreneurial activities. Deadlines: Nomination forms are due Nov. 14, and completed applications must be submitted to the Office of the Provost by Jan. 9, 2012.

Questions about the university-wide awards should be directed to Shannon Malousek at (402) 472-5242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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