Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences invites you to nominate outstanding graduate students for the Graduate Student Awards. Any graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences is eligible for nomination, based on the criteria below. Previous winners of the Graduate School GTA award are not eligible. Each award includes a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship that will be added to the recipient’s statement of account. Questions can be sent to Brian Orefice, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, orefice.1@osu.edu.

Award Categories

  • Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Service (2 awards):
    • One award to honor a student who demonstrates excellence in service to the department, college, university, or community.  The nominee should directly or indirectly promote opportunities in public education and the service should be above and beyond the scope of their graduate assistantship or fellowship.
    • One award to honor a student who demonstrates excellence in mentoring. The nominee should be an advanced graduate student who provides exemplary and effective mentoring for undergraduate and/or new graduate students. The nature of the mentoring may include mentee's personal, professional, and/or academic success.
  • Graduate Student Award for Teaching Excellence (2 awards):
    • Two awards to recognize excellence in teaching by a graduate student in any instructional capacity, including instructor of record, recitation, or lab. Nominees must have served as a GTA for at least two semesters within the last two years.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations can be submitted from faculty, staff, or graduate students.  Self-nominations are also invited but should be accompanied by at least one letter of support.
  • A resume or CV is required.
  • A nomination letter is required (1,000 words maximum). Please address the following items as appropriate; candidates will be judged using the following award criteria:
    • Distinguished Service
      • Describe the type of service, including the time and/or level of commitment
      • Provide examples of how the student demonstrates innovation, creativity, or exemplary engagement in their activities
      • Highlight any involvement or leadership in campus or off-campus organizations, issues, or activities
    • Teaching Excellence
      • Describe the teaching experience, including the time and/or level of commitment
      • Provide examples of how the student demonstrates innovation, creativity, or exemplary engagement in their activities
      • Provide SEIs and/or qualitative student evaluations for teaching during two semesters.
      • Highlight any involvement in training workshops/programs for improvement and innovation in teaching excellence.
  • In addition to the nomination letter, supplemental materials are also encouraged, but not required. Supplemental materials may include up to 2 letter(s) of support (each 1,000 words max).
  • Nominations should be submitted online through this application.

Timeline

  • Nominations are due Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Nominees will be notified of the outcome the week of April 16
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