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Nominate a graduate student

Program directors and graduate faculty should consider top students for these annual awards. Faculty nominations of students are due to the College Dean's Offices on the last Friday in February.

SAA students in class
Academic Acheivement Award

Graduate Student Achievement Awards recognize students who demonstrate evidence of scholarly accomplishment beyond the completion of degree course work. Up to five students are recognized each year: two in the College of Liberal Studies, two in the College of Science and Health, and one in the College of Business Adminsitration. Awards are presented at the May commencement ceremony. 

Eligibility:

  • Students must have completed or anticipate completing all degree requirements during the academic year of the award.
  • Nominees must demonstrate evidence of scholarly accomplishment beyond completion of degree course work.  This may include:
    1. Demonstration of excellence in completing thesis, seminar paper, or culminating project.
    2. Superior performance on comprehensive examinations
    3. Demonstration of excellence in academic or professional internship/practicum
    4. Involvement in research and other scholarly pursuits
    5. Demonstration of leadership in program.

Process:

  • Nominations due to your College Dean’s Office by the last Friday in February.
  • The Dean's Offices will forward award nominations to the Office of Graduate Studies (for review by Graduate Council) no later than four weeks after the February date.

Each college will determine its procedures for selecting nominees. A letter of nomination from the Graduate Program Director and/or major advisor addressing the eligibility criteria listed above and any supporting materials should be submitted to the respective College Dean by the deadline.  Late nominations will not be considered.  A college may elect to make no award in any given year.

Rosandich Graduate Thesis Award

The Rosandich Graduate Thesis Award recognizes the originality, impact, and quality of a student thesis. The Graduate Council, at its sole discretion, may choose to limit the number of Rosandich Graduate Thesis Awards to no more than two annually. One or more of these awards will carry a cash award.

Eligiblity:

  • Graduate Students who completed their thesis in the preceding calendar year may be nominated. Self nominations by the students are strongly discouraged. However, multiple high quality submissions by an academic graduate program are encouraged. 

Process:

  • Nominations are due in the Graduate Studies Office by the last Friday of February, for review by Graduate Council. The nomination letter must include the following:
    1. Nominee CV
    2. Copy of thesis
    3. Nominee contact info (i.e., address, phone number, and email)
    4. Detailed letter of nomination. This letter should address as many evaluation criteria (listed below) as possible, as well as specifically addressing the impact, relevance, and significance of this research in the academic field.

Members of the selection committee will judge each thesis on the criteria listed below.  The letter of nomination from an expert in the field who was closely associated with the student’s work will also provide meaningful insights during the selection process.

Selection committee:

  • The Graduate Council, in consultation with UWL Foundation, will appoint a committee with a minimum of three members, representing the university community. The Associate Vice Chancellor serves as an ex-officio member of this committee. The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor will handle all the communications related to the Rosandich Graduate Thesis Awards.
  • The specific evaluation criteria may include (but may not be not limited to) the following:
    1. Impact of the study on the field and future research implications
    2. Significance and originality of contribution embodied in the thesis
    3. Quality of analysis and conclusions
    4. Work that is primarily attributed to the student's own initiative
    5. Use of appropriate literature/resources in the field of study
    6. Quality of organization, writing and overall presentation of thesis