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College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 52
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331

Phone: 208-885-6681

Fax: 208-885-6654

Email: ag@uidaho.edu

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Award Nomination Requirements

Please review the criteria and requirements below prior to filling out the nomination form. Nomination packets must be electronically submitted via the online form on this webpage (see button on top of page) by March 2 at 5 p.m.

Note: There can be multiple nominations for staff (can be nominated from another unit), faculty and clubs. One student per category per department; and one club member per club, but that club does not have to be nominated as club of the year.

Criteria and submission requirements

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Outstanding Staff Award recognizes outstanding performance of staff duties, based on support to students, unit administrators, colleagues, peers, alumni or others.

Nominee must hold a board appointed classified staff, exempt/administrative position within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for a minimum of one full year. Postdoctoral students do qualify for this award. Please note any staff can be nominated from another unit. Awards will be given in each of the categories listed below.

Note that categories have been changed to reflect the university structure and internally take care of classifying the nominee into the appropriate category. 

  • Exempt
  • Service/maintenance
  • Secretarial/clerical
  • Skilled craft
  • Technical/paraprofessional

NOTE: Nominee may not have received a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Outstanding Staff Award within the last three years.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on the following:

  1. Excellence in productivity 
  2. Quality of work 
  3. Initiative 
  4. Dependability 
  5. Judgement 
  6. Interpersonal relations
  • Using the award criteria to select nominees, nominators should prepare a dossier of evidence that establishes the nominee as an outstanding staff member. 
  • Enter a paragraph (maximum of 150 words) for each of the six award criteria supporting the nomination and describing how the nominee meets the criteria.
  • The nomination packets are intended to be generic – therefore DO NOT include clipart or graphics in the materials. However, a picture of the individual and five bullet points about the nominee for the ceremony will be submitted with the packet for the awards ceremony. The picture and bullet points will not be included in the ranking materials provided to the selection committee.

The Outstanding Club of the Year is established to recognize College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Clubs who demonstrate excellence in mission, intent and service to its members, the college and/or the community.

Required Submission Material

The nomination packet is made up of the following:

  • Letter of nomination (1,000 words maximum) with examples of how the club has demonstrated excellence in each aspect of award criteria
  • Copy of mission and bylaws
  • Five pictures with descriptions
  • One (1) article that was also received for the Student Newsletter

The Outstanding Club Member of the Year is established to recognize College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students who demonstrate excellence to their club. No more than one member per club may be nominated. The nominated club member must be a member of a CALS club and majoring in one of the CALS departments.

Required Submission Material

The nomination packet is made up of the following:

  • Letter of intent: 1,000 words maximum
  • Club member's resume including club and college involvement
  • Letter of recommendation from fellow club member or club advisor verifying meeting attendance and involvement

The Outstanding Student Awards recognize students who show potential for contributing to the fields of agriculture, life sciences or family and consumer sciences upon graduation.

Eligibility

Only students with a declared major within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are eligible. The nominee must be working actively on a degree from one of the academic departments of the college: agricultural and extension education; agricultural economics and rural sociology; animal and veterinary sciences; entomology, plant pathology and nematology; family and consumer sciences; food science; plant sciences; soil and water systems.

Awards will be given in four student categories: Outstanding Freshman, Outstanding Sophomore, Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Senior.

The nominee’s class standing will be determined as follows and be based on the total number of earned credits at the close of the fall semester (spring credits do not count): a) Freshman, 0 to 25 credits not including earned advanced placement and dual enrollment credits. First year students with less than 14 credits earned at an accredited institution after high school graduation also qualify; b) Sophomore, 26 to 57 credits; c) Junior, 58 to 89 credits; and c) Senior, 90 + credits. Nominees for Outstanding Senior must be in their LAST year at the University of Idaho and be eligible to apply for graduation during the current academic year (Summer 16, Dec. 16 or May 17). Students with over 89 credits but not otherwise eligible for graduation may apply for the Outstanding Junior award. Exceptions to these guidelines can be made in special circumstances with appropriate documentation by the respective academic department head. Individual selection committee members will have the final determination whether to consider the requested exception.

Selection Criteria

The nominee MUST show potential for contributing to the fields of agriculture, life sciences or family and consumer sciences upon graduation.

Other criteria the selection committee may consider when ranking the nominees include (in no particular order):

  • Activities within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences such as, but not limited to: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Student Affairs Council (CALSAC), CALS ambassadors, CALS peer mentors, departmental clubs/organizations, honorary societies or involvement in departmental or CALS administration efforts by providing clerical assistance, laboratory support or fieldwork.
  1. Academic achievement
  2. Participation in University of Idaho campus activities and organizations
  3. Professional experiences including internships
  4. Participation in undergraduate research and/or serving as a teaching aid or tutor
  5. Participation in community service

Materials and Nomination Process

  • The nominee’s essay (maximum of 1,000 words). The essay should focus on the nominee’s academic and career goals, past achievements and how the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has impacted his or her life and career goals. The nominee’s essay will be uploaded into the nominee’s packet.
  • A complete résumé (one page) with particular emphasis on the award criteria. References are not required.
  • Signed FERPA Release form.
  • Maximum of two letters of support may be submitted with at least one being from faculty members (emeritus faculty can be considered as faculty). Letters should specifically address how the nominee meets the award criteria. Nominee should be allowed to suggest preferred references. Letters are uploaded in the form during the online submission process.
  • The nomination packets are intended to be generic – therefore DO NOT include clip art or graphics in the materials. However, a picture of the individual and five bullet points about the nominee for the ceremony, will be submitted with the packet for the awards ceremony. The picture and bullet points will not be included in the ranking materials provided to the selection committee.

The nominee must be a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences graduate student in one of the eight academic units: agricultural and extension education; agricultural economics and rural sociology; animal and veterinary sciences; entomology, plant pathology and nematology; family and consumer sciences; food science; plant sciences; soil and water systems.

Selection Criteria

  • Students are eligible who are enrolled in an advanced degree program (or received an advanced degree in the calendar year preceding the award) in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and are sufficiently advanced in their program to have tangible evidence of an outstanding contribution.
  • A maximum of one nomination can be submitted from each degree program per year.
  • Selection shall be based on contribution to Idaho, contribution to discipline, originality and quality of creative activity.
  • The award will be given at the discretion of the awards committee. It will be presented at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Awards Banquet, but need not be given annually. 
  • This award includes a plaque and cash prize.

Materials Required

  • Nominee’s essay (maximum 1,000 words). The essay should focus on the nominee’s academic and career goals, achievements and demonstrate tangible evidence of creative activity.
  • Nominee’s resume (1 page) with particular emphasis on the award criteria. References not required. PDF format. 
  • Three letters of support from the nominee’s major professor, unit administrator and one other professional member in the discipline. PDF format.
  • The nomination packets are intended to be generic – therefore DO NOT include clipart or graphics in the materials. However, a picture of the individual and five bullet points about the nominee will be submitted with the packet for the awards ceremony. The picture and bullet points will not be included in the ranking materials provided to the selection committee.

The nominee must be a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences faculty member with a teaching appointment, and hold rank of instructor or higher in one of the following academic units: agricultural and extension education; agricultural economics and rural sociology; animal and veterinary sciences; entomology, plant pathology and nematology; family and consumer sciences; food science; plant sciences; soil and water systems.

  • The nominee cannot have received the R.M. Wade Excellence in Teaching Teacher Award within the previous five years.
  • The nominee must have taught at the University of Idaho for a minimum of three years.
  • The nomination packet documentation should cover activities during the three years prior to nomination.

NOTE: Nominees for the R.M. Wade Excellence in Teaching Award may not also be nominated for the Outstanding Academic Advising Award.

Selection Criteria

Selection of the R.M. Wade Excellence in Teaching Award recipient will be based upon the following:

  • Teaching evaluations by students, administrators, colleagues, peers and alumni
  • Service to the teaching profession
  • Service to students
  • A philosophy consistent with quality teaching in a land grant university

The nomination packet is made up of the following:

  • Nominee’s summary vitae including awards and professional honors related to teaching for the last three years
  • Nominee’s statement on teaching philosophy (maximum of 1,000 words)
  • Student evaluation of teaching results for the last three years
  • Letters of Support:
    • One letter from a peer/colleague – 500 words maximum. The letter should focus on the nominee’s teaching ability.
    • One letter from a student/alumnus – 500 words maximum. This letter should focus on the nominee’s teaching ability and his or her influence on the student’s academic or career goals.
    • One letter from the unit administrator – 500 words maximum. The letter should focus on the nominee’s contributions to departmental, college and university teaching programs.
  • The nomination packets are intended to be generic – therefore DO NOT include clip art or graphics in the materials. However, a picture of the individual and five bullet points about the nominee for the ceremony, will be submitted with the packet for the awards ceremony. The picture and bullet points will not be included in the ranking materials provided to the selection committee.

The nominee must be a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences faculty member (on or off campus) with a teaching appointment and hold rank of instructor or higher in one of the CALS academic units: agricultural and extension education; agricultural economics and rural sociology;animal and veterinary sciences; entomology, plant pathology and nematology; family and consumer sciences; food science; plant sciences; soil and water systems.

  • The nominee cannot have received the award within the previous five years. 
  • The nominee must have experience advising undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Idaho for a minimum of three years. 
  • The nomination documentation should cover activities during the three years prior to nomination. 

NOTE: Nominees for the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award may not also be nominated for the R.M. Wade Excellence in Teaching Award.

Award Criteria 

  • Academic advising evaluations by students, administrators, colleagues, peers and alumni 
  • Service to students 
  • A philosophy consistent with quality advising in a land grant university

Required Submission Material

The nomination packet is made up of the following:

  • Nominee’s summary vitae including awards and professional honors related to academic advising for the last three years.
  • Nominee’s statement on academic advising philosophy and advising service (1,000 word maximum). 
  • Student evaluation of advising results (if available).
  • Letters of Support:
    • Letter from a peer/colleague – 500 word maximum. The letter should focus on the nominee’s advising ability.
    • Letter from a student or alumnus – 500 word maximum. The letter should focus on the nominee’s advising ability and his or her influence on your academic or career goals.
    • Statement from unit administrator –500 word maximum. The letter should focus on the nominee’s contributions to departmental, college and university academic advising efforts.
  • The nomination packets are intended to be generic – therefore DO NOT include clipart or graphics in the materials. However, a picture of the individual and five bullet points about the nominee for the ceremony will be submitted with the packet for the awards ceremony. The picture and bullet points will not be included in the ranking materials provided to the selection committee.

Alumni Awards

To find out more about the alumni awards and the requirements to nominate an alumni, please go to alumni awards site.

Contact

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 52
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331

Phone: 208-885-6681

Fax: 208-885-6654

Email: ag@uidaho.edu

Location