Graduate Studies

Nomination Guidelines

Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 28 for Winter 2014 awards

The Graduate Dean's Citations for Excellence include:

  • Awards for Academic Excellence in the Major
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
  • Outstanding Thesis Award
  • Outstanding Final Project Award
  • Outstanding Publication Award
  • Award for Excellence in Service to the Community/Profession
  • Award for Excellence in Leadership/Service to GVSU
  • Award for Excellence in Promoting Diversity and Inclusion to GVSU

All these awards are for graduating students only.

Please submit nomination letters electronically via email, with supporting materials attached. Please use MS Word format whenever possible. PDFs will also be accepted.  You may submit nominations to Jennifer Palm in the Office of Graduate Studies at palmj@gvsu.edu on or before the Winter 2014 deadline.

For each nominee, the nomination should be comprised of at least one letter of support from a faculty member in the program and a letter of support from the graduate program director or coordinator. Nominations for Outstanding Thesis, Final Project, and Publication Awards should also include a copy of the student’s abstract.

Students may be nominated for more than one award, if eligible. Awards will be made to nominees who rise to the level of excellence by which GVSU wishes to be known.

For Academic Excellence in a Major
Only nominate a student whom you and your faculty agree is outstanding.  If no student meets those criteria, then don't nominate anyone.  There can be one student from each major (e.g. one each from Public Administration and Health Administration).  Submit a letter that details why you are recommending this student (grade point average, outstanding performance in coursework, academic skills that exceed the average in terms of written assignments, projects, service, or leadership).

For Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
Nominees must have successfully completed the defense of the dissertation.  Student work must be of publishable quality, or of research on a topic of exceptional significance to the profession or discipline.  Excellence in design, analysis, and discussion, as well as excellence of the overall dissertation are expected.  

For Outstanding Thesis Award
Nominees must have successfully completed the defense of the thesis.  Only nominate students whose work is of publishable quality, or whose research is on a topic of exceptional significance to the profession or discipline.  Excellence in design, analysis, and discussion, as well as excellence of the overall thesis document are expected.

For Outstanding Final Project Award
Nominees must have completed a project that has demonstrated excellence in its conception, merit, significance, and in its presentation (written or otherwise).

For Outstanding Publication Award
Nominees will be graduating students whose work has been published or accepted for publication in a professional journal.  The student shall serve as a primary author.  The publication may be an article or other product appropriate to the profession or discipline (e.g. case study, protocol, literature review, etc).

For Excellence in Service to Community or Profession
Nominees should have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership to the community and profession (beyond the GVSU campus).  Any faculty or staff member who has observed this student's performance may lend their support to the nomination. Letters should address the ways in which the student's service has benefited the community and/or the profession.

For Excellence in Leadership and Service to GVSU
Nominees should have displayed active leadership and service at Grand Valley State University. Nominations may be supported by any faculty or staff member who has had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the student's leadership. Letters should address ways in which the student's leadership and service have impacted the university.

Excellence in Promoting Inclusion and Diversity at GVSU
Nominees should have displayed active promotion of inclusion and diversity at Grand Valley State University, as well as embodied the spirit of inclusion within the campus community.  Nominations may be supported by any faculty or staff member who has observed the student's promotion of inclusion and diversity at GVSU.  Letters should address ways in which the student's actions have impacted the university in terms of inclusion and diversity.

The same student can be nominated in multiple categories. However, multiple students cannot be nominated in the same category. For example, Mary Jones can be nominated for outstanding thesis AND service to GSVU. But Mary Jones, Jane Doe, and John Smith cannot all be nominated for the same award, e.g. excellence in the major.

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