The university’s most prestigious awards for teaching, research and engagement recognize individual faculty members and academic/administrative units whose work has had a significant impact on students, the university and the state. Winners are selected by a committee of faculty members—and in the case of the engagement award, community members—and receive a monetary prize, a presidential medallion and an engraved plaque. The President’s Excellence Awards include:
- The Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (ORCA) honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have conducted outstanding research or creative activity of national/international significance. The winner is awarded $10,000.
- The Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA) honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have developed meritorious and sustained records of excellence in teaching and creativity related to teaching. The winner is awarded $10,000.
- The Innovation, Development, and Engagement Award (IDEA) 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. The winner is awarded $10,000.
- The Inclusive Excellence Collaboration Award (IECA) recognizes outstanding contributions which advance diversity, access and inclusion and equitable outcomes that drive inclusive excellence. IECA honors academic and/or administrative departments/units or campuses at the University of Nebraska that have collaborated on sustained diversity, access, and inclusion efforts that advance a culture of inclusivity and lead to increased equitable outcomes for faculty, staff and students. The honored unit is awarded $25,000.
- The University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA) honors a department/unit at 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. The honored department is awarded $25,000.