Graduate Student Awards

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Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences invites you to nominate outstanding graduate students for the 2022 Graduate Student Awards. Any graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Arts and Sciences, including Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) programs instructed by faculty within the college, is eligible for nomination based on the criteria below. Previous winners of the Graduate School GTA award are not eligible for the teaching awards. 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 go 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 mentees’ personal, professional and/or academic success.

Graduate Student Award for Diversity Enhancement (1 award)

  • One award to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a graduate student whose research, teaching and/or service/outreach activities promote diversity and support a culture that embraces and exhibits inclusive excellence, community and openness.

Graduate Student Award for Teaching Excellence (3 awards)

  • Three 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 (GTAs currently teaching in their second semester are eligible).

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: 
    • Distinguished Service
      • Describe the type of service or mentoring, including the time and/or level of commitment.
      • Provide examples of how the student demonstrates innovation, creativity or engagement in their activities.
      • Highlight any involvement or leadership in campus or off-campus organizations, issues or activities.
    • Diversity Enhancement
      • Describe how the type of research, teaching, and/or service/outreach activities enhance diversity efforts, including the time and/or level of commitment.
      • Provide examples of how the student demonstrates innovation, creativity or 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 engagement in their activities.
      • Provide SEIs and/or qualitative student teaching evaluations during two semesters (as supplemental material).
      • Highlight any involvement in training for improvement and innovation in teaching excellence.
  • In addition to the nomination letter, supplemental materials are also encouraged, but not required (with the exception of SEIs for the teaching awards). Supplemental materials may include up to two additional letter(s) of support (each 1,000 words max).
  • In support of the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, nomination letters should include evidence of nominee’s efforts in this area for all awards.
  • Nominations should be submitted online (application is currently closed for 2022).

Timeline

  • Nominations are due ______.
  • Award recipients will be notified by mid-April.