Nomination Guidelines - Graduate Dean's Citations for Academic Excellence

Nomination Deadline: November 22, 2017 (Fall 2017)

The Graduate Dean's Citations are presented at the Graduate Student Celebration on December 8, 2017 in the Loosemore Auditorium. A reception will begin at 5 pm in the Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall and the awards ceremony will begin at 6 pm.

The Graduate Dean's Citations for Academic Excellence include:

  • Academic Excellence in the Degree Program Award
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • Outstanding Master's 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 Inclusion and Diversity at GVSU
  • Award for Excellence in Sustainability

For Fall 2017, graduate students may have Spring/Summer or Fall graduation dates.

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 Graduate School at palmj@gvsu.edu on or before Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

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.

Academic Excellence in a Degree Program Award

Nominees must demonstrate academic excellence in all regards of graduate study (grade point average, outstanding performance in coursework, academic skills that exceed the average in terms of written assignments, projects, service, or leadership). Faculty should only nominate a student whom all agree is outstanding. 

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Nominees must have successfully completed the defense of their dissertation.  Student work must be of publishable quality, or of research on a topic of exceptional significance to the profession or discipline. Final manuscripts are expected to demonstrate excellence in design, analysis, and discussion, and should stand above the work of all other students in the given semester.

Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

Nominees must have successfully completed the defense of their thesis. Student work must be of publishable quality, or of research on a topic of exceptional significance to the profession or discipline. Final manuscripts are expected to demonstrate excellence in design, analysis, and discussion, and should stand above the work of all other students in the given semester.

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).

Outstanding Publication Award

Nominees work have 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, technical report, etc.).

Award for Excellence in Service to the 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.

Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service to GVSU

Nominees should have displayed active leadership and service at GVSU. 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.

Award for 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.

Award for Excellence in Sustainability

Nominees should have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovative thinking in the community by implementing sustainable best practices. 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 has given life to a sustainability initiative in one or more aspects of the triple bottom line in sustainability (economic, social, or environmental).

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 GVSU. 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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