Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Awards

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In recognition of the research, scholarly, and artistic achievements of faculty and students—and their importance in serving our region and society—the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Northern Arizona University Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Awards.

Each fall, recipients will be honored by colleagues, family, and friends at an awards presentation ceremony and reception at the High Country Conference Center, where awardees will have an opportunity to display and/or present their work.

Nomination instructions

Nominations for the 2012 RCA Awards are closed. Check back later for 2013 nomination deadlines.

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Nomination materials should be assembled in the following order:

  • nomination letter
  • nominee's CV, where required
  • nominee's transcript, where required
  • representation of the research/scholarly or artistic/creative work, if applicable
  • letters of internal support
  • letters of external support

Combine the nomination materials into one PDF document and submit it online (2012 nomination period is currently closed).

All nomination and support letters should clearly indicate the award category for which an individual is nominated. Letters of support from national and international experts in the field or evaluators of the work may be submitted as part of the nomination package. All letters must be signed. Unsigned letters will not be forwarded to the review committee. Self-nominations are discouraged.

NOTE: Representations from nominees for the Research/Scholarly Work and Artistic/Creative Work categories—such as books and novels—that need to be converted to PDF format or otherwise represented electronically may be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Research before the nomination deadline.

Award categories

Most Promising New Scholar

This award is given to an assistant professor who has demonstrated a strong scholarly agenda and has an extraordinary record of achievement that spans the breadth of peer-reviewed publications and other scholarly works, research grants, and creative works.

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Nomination letters should include a description of the research, scholarly, or creative work recognized and demonstrate the nominee’s qualifications in the following terms:

  • overall scholarly achievement
  • originality and creativity
  • productivity
  • success in obtaining external funding
  • dissemination activities
  • collaborative activities
  • impact
  • significance of the nominee's work to his or her field
  • recognition of the nominee's peers, nationally and internationally
  • contributions to the academic community
  • alignment with the university’s strategic goals
Eligibility

Only tenure-track assistant professors are eligible.

Who can nominate?

You may nominate if you are:

  • tenured faculty
  • a dean
  • a department chair
Nomination materials

Please include:

  • a nomination letter
  • up to three letters of support
  • the nominee's CV

Most Promising Graduate Student Researcher/Scholar

This award is given to a current graduate student who has demonstrated intellectual independence, exceptional productivity, and a dedication to contributing to the university’s academic and graduate student community.

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Nomination letters should include a description of the research, scholarly, or creative work, and should demonstrate the nominee’s qualifications in the following terms:

  • academic excellence
  • originality and creativity
  • independence
  • productivity
  • dissemination activities
  • collaborative activities
  • contributions to the university’s graduate student community
Eligibility

Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program are eligible.

Who can nominate?

You may nominate if you are:

  • anyone serving on a graduate student committee
  • advising staff
  • a dean or department chair
Nomination materials

Please include:

  • a nomination letter
  • up to three letters of support
  • the nominee's transcript and CV

Most Promising Undergraduate Student Researcher/Scholar

This award is given to a current undergraduate student who has demonstrated initiative, productivity, and dedication in contributing to the university community.

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Nomination letters should include a description of the research, scholarly, or creative work in which the student participates, and should demonstrate the nominee’s qualifications in the following terms:

  • academic excellence
  • initiative
  • creativity
  • productivity
  • dissemination activities
  • collaborative activities
  • contributions to the university community
Eligibility

Students currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree-granting program are eligible.

Who can nominate?

You may nominate if you are:

  • a tenured or tenure-track faculty
  • research faculty member
  • advising staff member
  • a dean or department chair
Nomination materials

Please include:

  • a nomination letter
  • up to three letters of support
  • the nominee's transcript and CV

Most Effective Research Mentor

This award is presented to a research, tenure-eligible, or tenured faculty member who has demonstrated:

  • long-term commitment to graduate or undergraduate student mentoring
  • a positive impact on multiple students, as demonstrated by student outcomes
  • leadership or assistance to other faculty mentors
  • engagement with a diverse group of students

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Nomination letters should include a description of the nominee's area of research, scholarly, or creative work, and demonstrate the nominee’s qualifications in the following terms:

  • contributions to advancing undergraduate or graduate research and scholarship
  • peer-reviewed publications involving students
  • involvement of students in sponsored research activities
  • student success
  • types of mentoring activities
  • participation in organized research training programs
Eligibility

Tenured or tenure-track faculty and research faculty are eligible.

Who can nominate?

You may nominate if you are:

  • a tenured or tenure-track faculty member
  • a research faculty member
  • an undergraduate or graduate student, in conjunction with a department chair
Nomination materials

Please include:

  • a nomination letter
  • up to three letters of support, one of which can be from a student
  • the nominee's CV

Most Significant Research/Scholarly Work

This award is presented to an individual or group for a work of scholarship that has demonstrable impact on the individual or group, the discipline, and the university as evidenced by such things as publicity, dissemination, citation, and awards.

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 Nomination letters should include a description of scholarly work and should demonstrate the significance of the work in the following terms:

  • originality and creativity
  • impact
  • significance of the work to the disciplinary field
  • national or international recognition
Eligibility

Those eligible include those who have:

  • made scientific and scholarly discoveries
  • been discussed in publications
  • created inventions in the past three years

Who can nominate?

You may nominate if you are:

  • faculty
  • students
  • staff

Nomination materials

Please include:

  • a nomination letter
  • up to three letters of support
  • a copy of, or access to, the research/scholarly work, or a representation sufficient for evaluation

Note: CVs are neither required nor reviewed

Most Significant Artistic/Creative Work

This award is presented to an individual or group for work that has demonstrable impact on the artist(s), the discipline, and the university, as evidenced by such things as publicity, dissemination, citation, and awards.

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Nomination letters should include a description of the creative or artistic work recognized, and the nomination materials should include a facsimile of the work. The nomination letter should demonstrate the significance of the work in the following terms:

  • originality and creativity
  • impact
  • significance of the work to the disciplinary field
  • national and international recognition
Eligibility

Artistic and creative works created in the past three years, such as:

  • tangible works of art
  • performances
  • novels
  • collections
  • musical scores
  • arrangements
  • compositions
  • recordings
  • film
Who can nominate?

You may nominate if you are:

  • faculty
  • students
  • staff
Nomination materials

Please include:

  • a nomination letter
  • up to three letters of support
  • a copy of, or access to, the artistic/creative work or a representation sufficient for evaluation

Note: CVs are neither required nor reviewed.

Past recipients

Who received RCAs in previous years?