In February 2012, The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities to recognize student achievement in these areas. To acknowledge student achievement in the arts and humanities, The University of Texas System Board of Regents will commend outstanding students and student groups excelling in one of three areas: the musical arts, the visual arts, and creative writing. The specific area for recognition will vary each year. The awards program is designed to provide a framework that fosters excellence in student performance, rewards outstanding students, stimulates the arts and humanities, and promotes continuous quality in education.
In 2015, The UT System Board of Regents will recognize student excellence in the musical arts in two categories: Solo/Duet Performance and Group Performance. A monetary award will be made in the winners’ names to the department of their choice: $1,500 for Solo/Duet Performance and $2,500 for Group Performance.
If interested in applying for the 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities, please contact your institution’s provost office for an application and instructions.
|Fall 2014||Call for Nominations sent to the institutions|
|February 13, 2015||Nominations, including video recording of performance, are due to the Office of Academic Affairs. Review of nominations by an independent panel will begin.|
|April 1, 2015||Award recipients are announced|
|May 2015||Award recipients are invited to attend the Board of Regents meeting|
Each campus president will recommend up to three student groups and three solo or duets for award consideration. The president will determine the internal process required, including whether the nomination process begins at the department level, the college level, or an alternative access point.
The awards are open to undergraduate students studying at a UT institution. For student groups, all members must be enrolled as undergraduate students at the institution and at least 75% of the group must be enrolled full-time taking at least 12 semester credit hours. For individual students and duets, all students must be enrolled full-time.
The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) will administer the program on behalf of the UT System Board of Regents. The awards will be determined by a selection committee appointed by the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. OAA staff will review all recommendations and will forward those candidates meeting the specified criteria to the selection committee for consideration. The selection committee will be comprised of experts in the musical arts, recruited from outside the UT System.
In 2012, The UT System Board of Regents awarded its first Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in the Musical Arts.
In 2013, The UT System Board of Regents awarded the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in the Visual Arts.
In 2014, The UT System Board of Regents awarded the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Creative Writing.
Wanda Mercer, Ph.D. is coordinating this program on behalf of UT System.