Four Awards Received At Graduate Student Celebration
April 14, 2017
At the Graduate Student Celebration, Samantha MacKay and Dr. Dan Bergman were awarded for their accomplishments in 2016-17. Samantha Mackay was awarded the “Outstanding Masters Thesis Award,” Award for Excellence in Service to Community/Profession,” and the “Award for Best 3 Minute Thesis Presentation.” Dr. Dan Bergman was awarded the “Faculty Mentor of the Year Award” by the Graduate Student Association.
For the 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.
For the Award for Excellence in Service to Community/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.
The Faculty Mentor Award is given to a faculty or staff member who exemplifies a deep commitment to fostering the professional and personal development of graduate students. They have invested in the potential of students and went beyond the general advising role.
The Graduate Dean's Citations for Academic Excellence were created to recognize outstanding academic achievement of graduate students. Awards are given to students who have completed their program or are very close to completion.
The Graduate School began awarding the Dean's Citations in the Spring of 2006 at the first-ever Graduate Student Celebration. The ceremony is devoted exclusively to recognition of the academic excellence of graduate students during their studies at Grand Valley State University. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) co-hosts this event, which includes a reception and awards presentation.