The Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity has the following objectives:
1. To recognize and honor preeminent achievement in research or creative activity by faculty members of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, work of sufficient originality and distinction to merit attention at the national level, or beyond;
2. To foster and enhance the quality of research and creative activity at the University;
3. To reaffirm the values of discovery, innovation, and fulfillment in scholarship and the arts; and
4. To make manifest to the public the University's commitment to and support of such accomplishment.
Any tenured member of the Graduate Faculty whose primary home department/school is at UNO is eligible for the Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity. An individual who has previously received the Award may become eligible again after five years on the basis of research or creative activity which was not used to support the previous award. Current members of the Selection Committee are not eligible. It is understood that "creative activity" includes not only those areas involving purely "original activities," but the performing arts as well.