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Outstanding Maverick Award - Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get nominated for the Outstanding Maverick Award?
Must I meet all the criteria listed to qualify?
I really want to receive the award, but I am not sure my supervisor will submit my name for consideration. Can I nominate myself?
How does a nominated employee get selected to receive this award?
What constitutes a team?
If a team is nominated and selected for this award, how does the monetary award get distributed?
What are the eligibility requirements to receive the award?
Are student employees eligible for this award?
I am a previous winner of the Outstanding Employee Award. Am I eligible to receive the Outstanding Maverick Award?
How many awards are given each year? Are there limitations as to who may receive the award?
If I am selected to receive this award, is the award amount considered additional income?

How can I get nominated for the Outstanding Maverick Award?

Employees can be nominated by their peers, supervisor, faculty members or students. The nominator must complete the Outstanding Maverick Award nomination form for the individual and submit to the Outstanding Maverick Selection Committee for consideration.

 All nominations must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, November 22, 2013.  Late entries will not be accepted.

Must I meet all the criteria listed to qualify?

No. However, nominees usually have excelled in at least two of the four award criteria and have performed at a level above and beyond their normal job requirements.

I really want to receive the award, but I am not sure my supervisor will submit my name for consideration. Can I nominate myself?

Yes, if you meet all of the other criteria, you may nominate yourself for the Outstanding Maverick Award.

How does a nominated employee get selected to receive this award?

Winners will be selected based on the nomination form as well as a brief personal interview. A selection committee of past awardees will determine the strongest candidates from the information provided.

What constitutes a team?

A team consists of between 2 and 10 people. A team can consist of multiple persons working interdepartmentally or across departments working together to achieve a common goal. 

If a team is nominated and selected for this award, how does the monetary award get distributed?

The $1,000 cash award will be distributed equally among the team's members.

What are the eligibility requirements to receive the award?

In order to be eligible for the Outstanding Maverick Award, the employee must have been continuously working in a 50%-100% position for a period of 2 years.

Are student employees eligible for this award?

No, this award is only for benefits eligible staff members appointed between 50% and 100%. Student employees can be nominated for a similar, student-oriented award, the Outstanding Student Award.

I am a previous winner of the Outstanding Employee Award. Am I eligible to receive the Outstanding Maverick Award?

No, Employees wishing to receive the Outstanding Maverick Award must not have received either award within the last 5 years.

How many awards are given each year? Are there limitations as to who may receive the award?

There are 8 individual awards and 1 team award given each year which includes a cash prize of $1,000 and a dinner hosted by the President in January for all the recipients. Eligible staff members up to the Director level can receive the awards, though there is no limitation on the classification of the employee's position.

If I am selected to receive this award, is the award amount considered additional income?

Yes, if you are a recipient of this award, the monetary award will be reported on your W-2 as additional income and therefore will be subject to all applicable taxes.