2017 Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Awards

In recognition of the research, scholarly, and artistic achievements of NAU faculty and students—and their importance in serving our region and society—the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Research are pleased to announce the 2017 Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Awards program.

Award Categories

NAU Award for Most Promising New Scholar
Awarded to a Tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated the potential to contribute outstanding research and scholarship to his/her discipline.

NAU Award for Most Promising Postdoctoral Researcher/Scholar
Awarded to a Post-doctoral Scholar whose scholarly, scientific and/or creative contributions to his/her mentor’s research program has had significant impact.

NAU Award for Most Promising Graduate Student Researcher/Scholar
Recognizes excellence in graduate student research and scholarship. Nominees must have passed comprehensive exams at the time of nomination.

NAU Award for Graduate Research Mentorship
Awarded to a faculty member whose mentoring of graduate students is demonstrated by effective approaches, a clear time commitment and positive student outcomes.

NAU Award for Most Significant Research/Scholarly Work
Awarded to an NAU employee (or group of employees) who has produced a research or scholarly work—an article, book or book chapter, video, monograph, etc.—that has had or is anticipated to have a significant impact in the discipline. While individuals or groups are nominated for this category, the emphasis is on the scholarly work itself, which must have been first published within three years of the date of nomination.

NAU Award for Most Significant Artistic/Creative Work
Awarded to an NAU employee (or group of employees) who has produced a creative or artistic work—a performance, sculpture, novel or book, composition, exhibit, etc.—that demonstrates creative innovation and impact in the discipline. While individuals or groups are nominated for this category, the emphasis is on the creative work itself, which must have been first presented within three years of the date of nomination.

Nomination Process

Each academic department at NAU may nominate up to one eligible individual/work for each of the award categories. Nominations are made through Department Chairs/Directors. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 22.

Individuals who are nominated will be asked to submit a packet of nomination materials, which will be provided to the RCA Review Committee. Nomination materials will be distributed to nominees on March 1 and must be completed and returned by 5 p.m. Monday, March 20.

Awards

Awardees of each category will receive a letter from the President, and the Office of the Vice President for Research will provide a $2,000 cash award and a certificate. 

Awardees will be announced during the week of April 17.  Recipients will be honored by colleagues, family, and friends at the President’s Awards ceremony at the High Country Conference Center on the afternoon of April 26.

Questions 
Please e-mail Christine Smith or call 928-523-8594.