Star Program

Star Award Program

STAR awards information for UCSF Fresno, 2020-2021

There are two types of STAR awards available for employees of UCSF Fresno, a Spot award and an Achievement award.  

What are the differences between the Spot and Achievement awards?

Spot Awards

  1. Spot awards are $1,000 (before taxes).
  2. They are intended to recognize short-term achievements (shorter than 6 months).
  3. Nominations are accepted up until May 2021.
  4. Our Spot Award committee here at UCSF Fresno makes the decisions about who receives the awards.  
  5. Nominations for Spot awards should describe how the nominee’s contributions have made an impact.

Achievement Awards

  1. Achievement awards are typically $5,000 (before taxes).
  2. They are intended to recognize long-term achievements (6 months or longer).
  3. Nominations for 2021 are closed. New nominations will be accepted January 2022. They are awarded around May each year.
  4. The Spot Award committee at main campus makes the decisions about who receives the awards.
  5. Nominations for Achievement awards must describe how the nominee’s contributions align with at least one of the Chancellor’s Priorities, the UCSF PRIDE Values or both. (See below for more details on what those are.)

How do I nominate someone for a STAR award?

$1,000 STAR Spot award

To nominate someone for a $1,000 STAR Spot award, you must complete an on-line application form. Nominators will be required to sign in via MyAccess and use the Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Program tool. Please note, if you are not onsite, you will need to use the VPN.

Important Note: You will need the employee’s UCSF email address to start the application.

$5,000 STAR Achievement award

To nominate someone for a STAR Achievement award, you must complete an on-line nomination form. STAR Achievement portal nominations are closed for 2021. Nominators will be required to sign in via MyAccess and use the Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Achievement Award Nomination tool. Please note, if you are not onsite, you will need to use the VPN.

IMPORTANT: Before submitting your nominations, please be sure you understand the details of the program, explained below:

Who can nominate someone for a STAR award?
Anyone. Faculty, managers, and staff can all nominate someone. You can also nominate a group of individuals from a department.

Who is eligible to receive a STAR award?
UCSF Fresno exempt staff (MSP and PSS) and non-exempt staff in the CX bargaining unit are eligible. You will need the employee’s UCSF email address. If you want more details, you can find them on the Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Program tool, via MyAccess. Please note, if you are not onsite, you will need to use the VPN.

What are some reasons for nominating an employee?

  • Exceeding project goals and expectations ahead of schedule
  • Increasing productivity, efficiency, or process improvements
  • Cost-saving ideas implemented
  • Improvements in the quality of teamwork
  • Excellent customer service
  • Effectively handling a particularly complex and/or sensitive issue
  • Behavior/contribution that serves as a role model for others

Can I nominate UCSF staff outside of our Fresno campus, such as main campus staff?

Yes! As long as you have the employee’s UCSF email, you can submit your nomination through the online system.

Do you have any writing tips?

  • Use Strong Statements NOT Weak Ones:
    • Weak: “She always celebrates diversity”
    • Strong: “She is responsible for organizing the school’s first multicultural training, an annual Cinco de Mayo celebration and organized assemblies featuring speakers of different cultural backgrounds. She not only took care of all the scheduling logistics, but also created all the publicity and lined up the event speakers.”
  • Avoid sweeping generalities; (i.e. “He’s a hard worker”, or “She goes above and beyond her job duties”)
  • Make every sentence count! Successful nominations have enough details to make the case for the nominee’s achievement.
  • Grammatical errors, typos, and misspellled words detract from the quality of the the nomination. Oops!  Have someone review your packet before you submit it, they may find errors or give feedback on how to make it better.

Please tell me more about the Chancellor’s Priorities and PRIDE Values.

Chancellor’s Priorities
Chancellor Sam Hawgood identified four priority areas for UCSF in 2015. These are called the Chancellor’s Priorities, and they are:

  1. Continuous Learning
  2. Equity and Inclusion
  3. Precision Medicine
  4. Transformative Partnerships

You can read more about each of those priorities UCSF Chancellor Priorities

Pride Values

UCSF’s values statement is embodied in the acronym PRIDE:
P for Professionalism, how we conduct ourselves and our business
R for Respect for our patients, families, ourselves and each other
I for Integrity, always doing the honest, right thing
D for Diversity, understanding and embracing the diverse beliefs, needs and expectations of our patients, community and employees
E for Excellence, what we strive for in everything we do

That all sounds very nice, but how do I write my nomination to tie into these priorities and values?

The best way to give your Achievement Award nomination an edge is to provide specific examples and be specific about which priorities or PRIDE values the employee’s accomplishments relate to.

Can you give me some examples?
Gina always goes above and beyond, is eager to learn and solve problems, and does it with a smile on her face. She made our billing system much better.

(Not specific about what the employee did; and not tied into the priorities or PRIDE values.)

Gina always goes above and beyond, is eager to learn and solve problems, and she does it with a smile on her face. She made our billing system much better.  Gina’s accomplishments are a great example of the chancellor’s priority of Continuous Learning and the PRIDE values of Professionalism and Respect.

(Mentions specific priorities and PRIDE values but no specific accomplishments.)

Gina saw a problem last year in our billing system – certain information wasn’t getting through to our billing company, and several patients were upset about receiving charges they didn’t owe. Gina reassured the patients that their bills would be straightened out, and she handled even tense situations with a professional and respectful demeanor and a smile on her face. Even though this wasn’t part of her job, Gina took an online class, which helped her identify where our communication with the billing company was going wrong. She created a new form which solved the problem. Due to her efforts, not only are our collections up 25%, our patients are much happier. Gina’s accomplishments are a great example of the chancellor’s priority of Continuous Learning and the PRIDE values of Professionalism and Respect.

(Mentions specific accomplishments! Ties into some of the priorities and PRIDE values! Yay!)1