Guidelines - Reward and Recognition
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has a variety of programs to recognize and reward employees with non-cash and with cash awards. These awards recognize employees whose performance is above and beyond the scope of their position and their achievements add value to the vision and mission of UNMC. All University-wide, UNMC campus-wide and Unit/department-wide recognition and reward programs are based on the availability of funds at each level.
Gold U Award
The Gold U Award recognizes members of the UNMC community who consistently deliver outstanding performance and service to UNMC. Managerial professional and office service employees are eligible for the Chancellor’s Commendation Gold ‘U’ Award. Faculty and administrative staff are not eligible for this award.
Faculty Awards - UNMC
Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Graduate Students
Because of the profound effects of mentors on graduate students, the UNMC Faculty Senate wishes to recognize faculty who exemplify excellence in the mentoring of graduate students at UNMC. In doing so UNMC wishes to honor these individuals to provide models for other faculty to emulate. The Honorary Degree and Awards Committee (HDAC) bases its selection of recipients for the award on documentation that provides evidence of and a record of continuous accomplishment of mentoring graduate students over a period of at least the last five years.
Outstanding Teaching Award
Nominations should clearly substantiate a meritorious record of excellence in teaching activities by the nominee at UNMC. Honorary Degree and Awards Committee (HDAC) bases its selection of recipients for the awards on documentation that clearly provides evidence of and a track record of outstanding teaching.
Spirit of Community Service Award
This merit award is 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 in the following types of programs/projects. The Honorary Degree and Awards Committee (HDAC) bases its selections of recipients for the award on documentation that provides evidence of and a record of accomplishment of continuous community service within the last three years.
Faculty Awards - University-Wide
Outstanding Research and Creativity Award (ORCA)
This award honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have conducted outstanding research or creative activity of national/international significance
Outstanding Teaching and Creativity Award (OTICA)
This award honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have developed meritorious and sustained records of excellence in teaching and creativity related to teaching.
University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA)
This award honors a department/unit of the University of Nebraska which has outstanding esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of students at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels.
Engagement Award (IDEA)
This awards honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the university in ways that have enriched the broader community.
Outstanding Performance Stipends
This program was developed to recognize and reward outstanding employee performance with discretionary cash rewards. The program is funded through a set aside of 0.5% of the annual salary increase pool. The maximum amount any individual may receive is $2,500; awards may be given from September 1 through March 31 in a fiscal year, in recognition of sustained performance exceeding expectations.
Faculty are eligible for the UNMC Scientist Laureate Award, the Distinguished Scientist Award and the New Investigator Award. The award recipients are selected by a panel composed of UNMC deans and directors, as well as the office of the vice chancellor for research. These awards are sponsored by the Chancellor and administered by UNMC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. For additional information contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at 559-6162.
The UNMC Scientist Laureate Award
This award is the highest recognition given to a UNMC investigator. Criteria for the award include the researcher’s history of leading outstanding research program(s), publishing research results in journals of the highest quality, and showing the ability to attract and retain additional funding. research.
The Distinguished Scientist Award
Criteria for the award include the researcher’s history of leading outstanding research program(s), publishing research results in journals of the highest quality, and showing the ability to attract and retain additional funding during the past 5 years.
The New Investigator Award
This award is given to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past one to three years have secured their first federal funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other federal sources. The recipients also have to demonstrate scholarly activity such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions and gatherings.
Length of Service Awards are based solely on the number of years of employment in the University of Nebraska system and are given in 5-year increments for staff (managerial professional and office service) and 10 year increments for faculty. Employees receive an anniversary gift in recognition to their service.
Silver U Award Program
This award is given monthly to employees whose overall performance is above and beyond the scope of their position. The number of recipients from each unit is based on unit population (please review deadlines and allocations document below). Recipients receive a Silver 'U' pin, a shirt with program logo, and will be invited to lunch with the chancellor. Managerial professional, office service, graduate assistant, other academic employees, faculty and administrative staff are eligible for the Chancellor’s Council Silver ‘U’ Award.
Vital Thank U Reward Program
Vital Thank U Rewards are a way for employees to recognize their colleagues for outstanding service. Anyone may request that a Vital Thank 'U' message be sent to a colleague for a job well done or to recognize special achievement. The recipient will receive a Vital Thank 'U' card and a medallion redeemable for gifts or services. An individual may redeem up to 10 medallions per calendar year. The maximum amount an employee may send per calendar year is 12
To send a Vital Thank 'U' Gram
To redeem Vital Thank 'U' Medallions