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Awards and Recognition

Graduate Dean's Citation For Excellence

The Graduate Dean’s Citation for Excellence is awarded each semester to students nominated by their school in recognition of superior achievement in their graduate studies. Each school may recommend graduate students completing their programs during a specific term (fall, spring or summer). The total number of awards will not exceed 3 percent of the graduating class.

Criteria

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.75 during graduate study.
  • Exceptional Achievement: Be aware, many recent nominees for this award have been submitted with only the GPA criteria documented. Without documented accomplishments beyond normal classroom performance, nominees will not be competitive for this award. Superior accomplishment beyond excellence in course work may include publications and/or presentations, thesis/dissertation of exceptional quality, active involvement in regional or national professional organizations, discipline-related community service, etc

Guidelines

  • Eligible students include students who have applied for graduation. Students who are graduating in the summer semester and walking at the spring ceremony may also be nominated.
  • Nomination letters from two faculty members OR submit one letter with two or more faculty signatures.
  • Submit an electronic copy of the student’s resume.

Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation

The Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation may have four awards each semester: two for outstanding master’s thesis and two for outstanding doctoral dissertation. Faculty may nominate a thesis or dissertation by submitting a letter of nomination that specifies contributions of the study to the discipline.

Criteria

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.75 during graduate study.
  • Submit an electronic copy of the student’s resume.
  • Letter of nomination should specify contributions of the study to the discipline.
  • An electronic copy of the thesis/dissertation/capstone must be available for review in the Graduate School.

Guidelines

  • Eligible students include students who have applied for graduation. Students who are graduating in the summer semester and walking at the spring ceremony may also be nominated for this award.
  • Nomination letters from two faculty members or submit one letter with two or more faculty signatures.