GSA Spring Awards recognize student achievement

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Spring is a wonderful time for the Graduate Student Association (AEG). In April, the GSA awards nearly $70,000 in awards and scholarships to graduate students at the University of Nevada, Reno.

These scholarships and awards recognize our graduate students for their identities, achievements, service, teaching, research, and overall excellence.

The GSA aims to recognize outstanding graduate students because their hard and dedicated work is what continues to drive the University of Nevada, Reno to be an R-1 Carnegie institution.

This awards program, dedicated solely to graduate students, continues to set expectations and competition among this student population to excel not just as graduate students, but as contributing members of the community we inhabit. The GSA awards a multitude of awards such as:

  • Milton Glick Memorial Scholarship: A $1,000 scholarship awarded to two first-generation graduate students (those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education). The scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Glick, former president of the University of Nevada, Reno, who was passionate about first-generation students.
  • Research, Travel and Equipment Grant: A grant of up to $2,500 awarded to multiple graduate students. This merit-based grant allows graduate students to compete for financial support for their research and scholarship projects. The aim is to provide funding opportunities for innovative scholarly activities of graduate students in a wide range of disciplines;
  • Graduate Student Outstanding Service Award: A new award this spring providing a $1,000 scholarship to graduate students. This award is given to honor those who have a distinguished service record, completed during their college career for the benefit of the university and/or communities at large.

These are just a few of the many awards given to the university’s incredible graduate students. However, an important population that contributes to the success of graduate students is their mentors, and for this reason, the GSA created the Vada Trimble Outstanding Mentor Award to honor these individuals. Recipients may be academic or administrative faculty members who have been excellent mentors and advocates for graduate students. This award comes with $500 and a certificate honoring their achievement.

“The GSA Spring Awards are a way to recognize the hard work of our graduating students. It’s a tradition that the GSA has had for years to recognize academic achievement and non-academic achievement by a graduate student,” said Roshika Roshika, PhD candidate in Cellular and Molecular Biology.

GSA Spring Awards winners not only receive a cash gift with a certificate, but are celebrated at the annual Spring Awards Banquet, which is one of the GSA’s largest celebratory events. This event is a celebration of the winners with their loved ones to showcase their efforts and is often attended by distinguished faculty and administrators.

The GSA Spring Awards are a highly competitive process in which more than 250 nominations are received each year and are judged based on specific criteria. These awards would not be possible without the judges who volunteer their time to review the many entries and these individuals are our own university faculty. These awards can make a difference in a graduate student’s life and further promote the retention of our amazing students.

“The GSA Spring Awards are an incredible resource for graduate students. The awards range from scholarships to research grants. During my time at UNR, I received several scholarships and awards as well as a grant to complete my work on The awards I received were instrumental in helping me complete my dissertation,” said Christina McSherry, Ph.D., Spring 2022 Anthropology graduate.

The Graduate Student Association is a graduate student-led organization, established in 1967, and has proudly promoted the welfare and interest of graduate students at the University of Nevada, Reno since its founding.

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