Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan (called the “STAR Program”) has been designed to recognize individual employees for excellence in University service; significant achievements and contributions; and individual and team performance.

The new STAR Program will recognize contributions in two ways:

  • SPOT AWARDS: Recognize significant employee achievements and contributions, as they occur, for a specific project or task over a relatively short period of time. A SPOT Award lets employees know that someone has noticed their noteworthy contribution. SPOT Awards are administered locally by individual departments across the school utilizing UCSF-wide guidelines. A process document for SOM Dean’s Office STAR Spot Awards is available here. Prize amount is $1,000, or up to 10% of base salary, whichever is lower.

  • ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: Recognize sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributions from an employee(s) over an extended period of time. The contribution that is being recognized at the Achievement Award level must reflect at least one of the Chancellor’s Priorities and/or the UCSF PRIDE Values. Achievement Awards are administered through an SOM-wide process with selection committees which include staff, supervisory and faculty representation. A process document for the SOM STAR Achievement Awards is available here. Prize amount is $5,000, or up to 10% of base salary, whichever is lower.

    • Please refer to the STAR Achievement Award FAQ and Nomination Letter Checklist documents as guides to help you highlight specific examples of employee contributions in your nomination.

Detailed information on the UCSF STAR Program is available online. The School of Medicine uses a web-based tool for submitting nominations for both the STAR SPOT Awards and STAR Achievement Awards.

HR strongly recommends that nominators contact the employee’s supervisor/manager for input on eligibility criteria prior to submitting a nomination.

For more information about STAR, contact [email protected].