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The Staff Council Awards recognize employee excellence at the University of Houston.

Nominees must demonstrate a positive attitude that encompasses qualities in alignment with Staff Council values: Service, Training, Advocacy, Networking, Diversity, and Sustainability (STANDS).

Recipients from each category will receive an engraved award, a special acknowledgment at a Staff Council General Meeting. In addition, recipients will be featured in the Staff Connect newsletter and Staff Council social media.

2024 Nomination Application Deadline: April 10th at 5 PM

  • Eligibility

     UH Nominees must meet the following criteria: 

    • Must be employed in a full-time, benefits-eligible (1.0 FTE) position at UH Main, UH at Katy, or UH at Sugar Land campus for at least one (1) year as of March 1st of this year. Nominations for the Rookie of the Year award are exempt from these criteria.
    • Nominated with a completed form and two additional statements of support for your nominee.

    Please note: All achievements must be accomplished in the last twelve (12) months.

  • How to Submit a Nomination

    To be considered for awards, nominations must be submitted by April 10th, at 5:00 p.m.

    Staff may be considered for multiple awards but may only be eligible to win in one category.  If you have any questions please contact

    1. Complete and submit the Staff Council Awards Nomination Form. Log in to MS Forms using your Cougarnet credentials.
    2. Optional: Nominators may submit additional statements of support, letter of recommendation, or other accolades in support of the nomination. These items may be uploaded at the end of the form or sent to before April 10th, at 5:00 pm. Supporting documentation received after this deadline will not be considered.
  • Questions

    Staff Council Awards Ad Hoc Committee Co-Chairs

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Staff Council Awards

  • Group Awards

    Team Excellence Recognition
    Teams nominated for this award have demonstrated outstanding performance and results due to group achievement. A team may work together to deliver exceptional customer service, cost savings, time savings, maintaining high safety records, combining talents of traditionally separate units, creative ideas, community service, actively demonstrating a willingness to encourage teamwork in the workplace, or etc.

  • Individual Awards

    Rookie of the Year
    Nominees for the Rookie of the Year Award must be employed for one (1) year or less at the University of Houston full time benefits eligible, without any prior years of service at the university. Nominees for this award should have a remarkable ability to adjust to a new work environment while demonstrating outstanding enthusiasm and a high level of energy. The ideal nominee displays characteristics of taking initiative and being self-motivated.

    Optimism Award
    The nominee consistently handles unusual or difficult challenges and/or job assignments with professionalism and a positive attitude.

    High Performance Award
    Nominees for this award consistently go above and beyond what is required and expected in performing job duties and responsibilities.

    Impact Award
    Nominees for this award have made a major impact on an important university event, function, or service by developing, revising, or implementing a system, tool, process, initiative or program within their department or across the university. 

    Inspiring Leadership
    Nominees for this award are in a supervisory role and provide inspiring leadership to employees. The nominee consistently exemplifies significant leadership skills such as the ability to lead, guide, and motivate employee(s) by developing employee(s) talents. They are known for their leadership-by-example and for the ways they engage, empower and promote the achievements of colleagues.

    Collaborator Award
    Nominees for this award work effectively with others to produce positive results. This individual encourages diverse views by fostering partnerships across multiple levels of the organization. They build consensus in decision-making, cooperative problem-solving, knowledge sharing, or information contributing to group success.

    UH Spirit Award (New)
    This award recognizes an individual who best embodies and embraces the spirit of the university. This individual demonstrates cougar pride while helping students and creates community camaraderie through their loyalty to the university. The recipient of this award lives out the mission of the university in all aspects of their work.

2023 Staff Council Award Recipients

Staff Council Award & Scholarship Ceremony

 The 2023 Staff Council Awards & Scholarship Ceremony took place on July 19, 2023.

View the ceremony's PP presentation (PDF).

View the ceremony's program.

View pictures from the ceremony, courtesy of Tuyet Nguyen.


 The 2022 Staff Council Awards & Scholarship Ceremony took place on July 14, 2022.

View the ceremony's PP presentation (PDF).