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Outstanding Student Research & Creative Activity Award

These two awards are part of the Graduate and Professional Student Association's and College of Graduate Studies’ continuing efforts to recognize and encourage excellence in research and creative activity by graduate students at the University of Idaho. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to nominate outstanding graduate students for these awards. 
Nominees must be students who were or are currently enrolled in a University of Idaho graduate program in summer 2015, fall 2015 and/or spring 2016, and who accomplished their research or creative work through their graduate program at the University of Idaho.

Selection Criteria
  • Quality, significance and extent of research or creative accomplishments
  • Communication to appropriate audiences

The Award
The Masters and Doctoral recipients receive a plaque and $1000. The awards will be announced at the Excellence Awards Ceremony in April.
Nomination Process
  1. A letter, signed by the nominator, which includes the nominee’s name, unit, college, degree program, and progress toward degree. The nomination letter should describe in detail the quality, significance and extent of the research or creative activity; and the methods by which it was communicated to appropriate audiences in the form of presentations, performances, exhibitions, recitals or publications. The letter should not exceed three pages. Only one nomination letter will be accepted. The nomination letter must be clearly identified as a nomination letter.
  2. A brief (1-2 page) personal statement from the nominee outlining their accomplishments while a student at the University of Idaho.
  3. A curriculum vita that clearly lists the nominees’ publications, patents, performances and/or exhibits accomplished at U-Idaho, participation in academic and professional organizations, and recognitions and awards etc.
  4. Reprints, preprints, reviews, or other documentation may be included provided that the information is restricted to the work on which the nomination is based. The nomination packet is limited to a single manuscript or supporting creative work.
  5. Two additional letters of support which demonstrate how the candidate's research or creative activity will impact their field. The support letters must be clearly marked "letter of support" rather than a nomination letter.

Selection Process
An interdisciplinary selection committee composed of faculty and graduate students will review nominations and select the award recipients.

Nominations must be emailed in pdf format to Sam Koester using the subject line “Outstanding Masters Student Research and Creative Activity Award”  or “Outstanding Doctoral Student Research and Creative Activity Award” by 5 PM PST January 29, 2016. COGS will not forward an incomplete nomination for review. Nominations must adhere to the length guidelines above.