The E. G. Peterson Extension Award was established in 1986 to honor the Utah State University Extension faculty members who, in keeping with the mission and goals of Utah State University, has provided outstanding service to the state of Utah. In many ways this should be considered a “career” award and it is the most prestigious of all Extension awards. The recipient of the E. G. Peterson Extension Award will be recognized during Extension Annual Conference and honored at the university’s annual commencement dinner and ceremony in May where s/he will receive a $2,000 honorarium. Nominees for the E. G. Peterson Extension Award must be USU Extension faculty members who are currently employed at least half-time and for a minimum of three years. The recipient cannot have been chosen for this award in the past (see list of past recipients).

The Spirit of Extension Award was established in 2008 to honor the Utah State University Extension employee who emulates the heart and soul of Utah State University Extension. The selected person serves the organization and its clientele with unparalleled dedication, perseverance, and contributions behind the scenes. He or she goes far above and beyond their job requirements and honorably represents USU Extension. The recipient of the Spirit of Extension Award will be recognized during Extension Annual Conference and receive a $500 honorarium. Nominees for the Spirit of Extension Award must be USU Extension faculty or staff members who are currently employed at least half-time and for a minimum of three years. The recipient cannot have been chosen for this award in the past (see list of past recipients).

The Extension Innovator Award was established in 2015 to recognize the Utah State University Extension employee who embraces innovation and technology. The selected individual utilizes technology to better serve internal and external clientele. The selected individual has played an integral part of a team or pursued innovation individually. The recipient of the Extension Innovator Award will be recognized during Extension Annual Conference and will receive a $500 honorarium. Nominees for the Extension Innovator Award must be USU Extension faculty, staff, or professional employees who are currently employed at least half-time and for a minimum of three years. Please note that this is an individual award, not a team award. The recipient cannot have been chosen for this award in the past (see list of past recipients).

The County Faculty of the Year Award recognizes a county faculty member who has demonstrated excellence, commitment, and impact. This is not a career award and can be given to someone who has made significant contributions in a very limited time. The designation “faculty of the year” means the contributions of recent years are given more consideration than contributions from years ago. The recipient of the County Faculty of the Year Award will be recognized during Extension Annual Conference and will receive a $500 honorarium. Nominees for the County Faculty of the Year Award must be USU Extension faculty members who are currently employed at least half-time and for a minimum of one year. The recipient cannot have been chosen for this award in the past (see list of past recipients).

The Faculty Service Award was established in 2015 to recognize and emphasize excellence in service to the operations and governance of the University. Recognized activities will include service at the University, USU Extension, and/or county level. Examples include: service on one or more of the standing or ad hoc committees of the Faculty Senate or on other councils, committees, and/or task forces addressing specific university issues and initiatives; service on county, region, Extension, or University-level committees; service on search committees or promotion/tenure committees; and other activities performed in service to the University. This award is not intended to recognize service to a professional organization or community outside of USU. The recipient of the Faculty Service Award will be recognized during Extension Annual Conference and will receive a $500 honorarium. The recipient will also be nominated for the Faculty University Service Award. The University recipient will be announced at the annual Robins Awards in the spring and will be honored at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony in May where they will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Nominees for the Faculty Service Award must be full-time USU Extension faculty members (tenure-track, tenured, or term appointments) without administrative role statements. The recipient cannot have been chosen for this award in the past (see list of past recipients) or served as Faculty Senate President within the last three years.