Awards & Recognition

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UNMC offers awards for teaching excellence, delivering outstanding performance and service to UNMC, as well as research awards.

Faculty Awards  UNMC Faculty Awards

Impact in Education Awards
Awards created by Academic Affairs to recognize the dedication and ingenuity of UNMC educators in the categories of innovation, leadership, mentorship, service, interprofessional, and research

Mentoring Awards
Recognizes faculty who exemplify excellence in mentoring

Outstanding Teaching Award
Recognizes a faculty member with a meritorious record of excellence in teaching activities

Spirit of Community Service Award
Presented to a faculty member who, through continuing commitment to the surrounding underserved or isolated communities has used expertise, resources, talent, and time without remuneration or has enabled others to provide community service

Scientist Laureate Award 
The highest recognition given to a UNMC investigator for leading outstanding research program(s), publishing research results, and securing additional funding

Distinguished Scientist Award
Presented to a researcher for leading outstanding research program(s), publishing research results, and securing additional funding during the past 5 years

New Investigator Award
Given to outstanding UNMC scientists who, in the past 1 to 3 years, have secured their first federal funding and demonstrated scholarly activity

Silver U Award Program
This award is given monthly for those whose overall performance is above and beyond the scope of their position.


Faculty Awards  University-Wide Faculty Awards

Outstanding Research and Creativity Award (ORCA) 
Honors faculty who have conducted outstanding research or creative activity of national/international significance

Outstanding Teaching and Creativity Award (OTICA) 
Honors faculty who have developed meritorious and sustained records of excellence in teaching and creativity related to teaching

University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA)  
Honors a department/unit that has outstanding esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of students

Innovation, Development and Engagement Award (IDEA) 
Honors faculty who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the university in ways that have enriched the broader community