Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities

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2017 Regents' Outstanding Student Awards in Creative Writing. Photo 1 (L-R): Chancellor William H. McRaven; Chairman Paul L. Foster; Ms. Nooshin Ghanbari, Poetry Finalist; Dr. Steven Leslie, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Photo 2 (L-R): Chancellor William H. McRaven; Chairman Paul L. Foster; Frederick Tran, Short Fiction Finalist; Dr. Steven Leslie, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Photo 1 (L-R): Chancellor William H. McRaven; Chairman Paul L. Foster; Ms. Nooshin Ghanbari, 2017 Poetry Winner; Dr. Steven W. Leslie, Executive Vice Chancellor. Photo 2 (L-R): Chancellor William H. McRaven; Chairman Paul L. Foster; Mr. Frederick Tran, 2017 Short Fiction Winner; Dr. Steven W. Leslie, Executive Vice Chancellor.

NEW - 2018 Regents' Outstanding Student Awards have been announced!

 

Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities

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.


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 2018, The UT System Board of Regents will recognize student excellence in music in two categories: Solo/Duet Performance and Group Performance. One winner will be named in each category. A $1,500 monetary award will be made in the winners’ names to the department of their choice.

If interested in applying for the 2018 Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities, please contact your institution’s provost office for an application and instructions.

 

Timeline

Fall 2017: Call for Nominations sent to the institutions.
February 12, 2018: Nominations are due to the Office of Academic Affairs. Review of nominations by an independent panel will begin.
March 2018: Award recipients are announced.
April 2018: Award recipients are invited to attend the Board of Regents' meeting

 

Nomination Process

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.

 

Resources

 

Eligibility

The awards are open to full-time undergraduate students studying at a UT institution.

 

General Criteria

  • Evidence of academic excellence.
  • Commitment to the arts through participation in university and community activities.

 

The Selection Process

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 creative writing, recruited from outside the UT System.

 

Rewards/Recognition

  • A $1,500 monetary award in the winner’s name to the department listed on the application. The designated program or department which receives the monetary prize may award the money to the student winner or other student projects, or use the proceeds at the department’s discretion  
  • Award winners may be asked to share their work at a Board of Regents’ meeting, dinner or other gatherings during the year.

 

Previous Winners

In 2012, The UT System Board of Regents awarded its first Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in the Musical Arts.

  • Pianist Joseph Choi, a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, was recognized in the outstanding instrumental performance by an individual or duo category.
  •  The Hill-Country Reed Trio, a chamber music ensemble consisting of UT Austin students Jonathon Pearson Altizer (bassoon), Stephanie Chung (clarinet) and Angela Park (oboe), was recognized in the outstanding musical performance by a group category.

In 2013, The UT System Board of Regents awarded the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in the Visual Arts.

  • Bryce Bennett, a senior at The University of Texas at Arlington, was selected in the two-dimensional category for his exceptional photographic prints.
  • Zoe Berg, a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, was selected for her creative three-dimensional displays.

In 2014, The UT System Board of Regents awarded the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Creative Writing.

  • Catherine Cleary, a student at The University of Texas at Austin, was selected for excellence in poetry writing.
  • Samantha Jones, a student at The University of Texas at Arlington, was selected for excellence in short fiction.
  • Alison Ochoa, a student at The University of Texas at San Antonio, was selected for excellence in short fiction.

In 2015, The UT System Board of Regents awarded the Regents' Outstanding Student Awards in Musical Arts.

  • Meera Gudipati (flute), a student at The University of Texas at Austin, was recognized in the outstanding instrumental performance by an individual or duo category.
  • The UT Guitar Quartet, an undergraduate ensemble consisting of UT Austin students Thales Smith, Kyle Comer, Carlos Martinez and Tyler Rhodes was recognized in the outstanding musical performance by a group category.

In 2016, The UT System Board of Regents awarded the Regents' Outstanding Student Awards in the Visual Arts.

  • Heather Mawson, a student at The University of Texas at El Paso, was selected for her creativity and versatility in the category of three-dimensional art.
  • Haley Parsa, a student at The University of Texas at Austin, was selected for the two-dimensional category for her impressive array of screenprints, photography, and digital illustrations.

In 2017, The UT System Board of Regents awarded the Regents' Outstanding Student Awards in Creative Writing.

  • Nooshin Ghanbari, a student at The University of Texas at Austin, was selected for excellence in poetry.
  • Frederick Tran, a student at The University of Texas at Arlington, was selected for excellence in short fiction.

 

Please contact Weston Rose or Meredith Goode with questions related to The UT System Regents' Outstanding Student Awards.