The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) Champion Award annually recognizes RIO staff contributing exceptionally, significantly and valuably to RIO. The RIO Champion Award is reserved for RIO staff who excel in job performance and team or unit service, and who exude a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.
All full-time RIO staff (including faculty with RIO staff appointments) who have been employed for more than two years by the nomination deadline are eligible for this award. Employees can only receive this award once every six years during their RIO career.
Nominations may be submitted by any RIO staff member who has firsthand knowledge of or experience with the nominee. Nominations will be reviewed by RIO and/or Academic Affairs leadership.
Nominations should consist of a letter (two-page maximum) from up to three co-nominator(s) attesting to the criteria above. The nominators should endorse one letter.
Applications for the 2022 award will open in Fall 2022.
The award consists of $1,500 (net pay) and a plaque provided by RIO. The award will be presented at the end-of-year RIO All Staff meeting.