Awards

We recognize the most high-achieving NPS students and faculty members by funding quarterly awards that honor and celebrate their achievements. Recipients of these awards demonstrate excellence in classroom learning or instruction, impressive thesis research, and often go above and beyond in contributing to student education beyond the classroom or in distinguishing themselves in a specific department. These awards are just one way the NPS Foundation encourages an environment of unparalleled scholarly excellence for our next generation of military leaders.

“Most of us thank people in the military for their service, but if we can recognize them more, like through these awards, it makes it that much more special."
- David Liskin, NPS Foundation trustee emeritus and award sponsor

Student Awards

  • Outstanding United States Air Force Graduate Award, Department of National Security Affairs (NSA) goes to a USAF officer in the NSA Department for excellent academic performance in terms of overall scholarly achievement
  • International Student Award for Excellence in Regional or Security Studies goes to an international military officer or civilian student for overall scholarly academic performance in the NSA Department
  • Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Regional Security Studies goes to an international military officer or civilian student for overall scholarly academic performance in the NSA Department
  • Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Management goes to a graduate of the MBA program
  • Captain David S. Bill, Jr. Leadership Award goes to a faculty or student officer who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities
  • W. Randolph Church Award for Excellence in Mathematics goes to a student with outstanding performance in mathematical courses
  • The Gary Laughlin Patriot Award goes to a student officer who has distinguished himself/herself
  • NPS Foundation and US Naval Institute Annual Essay Contest Award goes to the winner of the essay contest
  • The Gary Kildall Award for Outstanding Teaching, Student Academic Excellence or Distinguished Research in Computer Science
  • Admiral William Adger Moffett Space Systems Award goes to an outstanding graduate of the Space System curricula who has graduated since the previous award
  • Astronaut Michael J. Smith, CAPT, USN, and Astronaut William C. McCool, CDR, USN, Astronautics Award goes to an outstanding graduate of the Space System curricula
  • Pat Tillman Leadership Award goes to a student officer who has distinguished himself/herself in Security Affairs in the Defense Analysis Department

Faculty Awards

  • LCDR David L. Williams Outstanding Professor Award goes to a faculty member who has demonstrated the greatest dedication to the learning and intellectual growth of students, in-residence and abroad
  • Louis D. Liskin Award for Teaching Excellence in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP) goes to a GSBPP faculty member as voted on by all GSBPP students
  • Richard W. Hamming Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement goes to a faculty member with innovative accomplishments that support and enhance interdisciplinary activities at NPS
  • Richard W. Hamming Teaching Award goes to faculty member who has achieved excellence in the classroom, thesis supervision, and in contributing to student education beyond the classroom
  • RADM John J. Schieffelin Award for Excellence in Teaching goes to an excellent faculty member as voted on by students and graduates
  • The Gary Kildall Award for Outstanding Teaching, Student Academic Excellence or Distinguished Research in Computer Science
  • Carl E. and Jessie W. Menneken Faculty Award for Excellence in Scientific Research Highly Meritorious Research Award goes to a faculty member who has exhibited outstanding research achievement in science, engineering and technology.
  • The Carl E. and Jessie W. Menneken Awards for Excellence in Scientific Research Significant and Sustained Contributions Award goes to a senior faculty member whose work focuses on a sustained impact to the effectiveness of the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense.