Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Description

The Kent State EHHS Outstanding Graduate Student Award recognizes exemplary contributions by an a graduate student in regards to research and/or teaching.

  • Research contributions may be evidenced through publications, conference presentations, and/or external recognition from one’s professional association.
  • Exemplary teaching may be evidenced through faculty observations and/or student feedback (e.g., letters of support, SSI scores).

Eligibility

All currently enrolled graduate students in EHHS (masters or doctoral).
Full-time faculty (TT or NTT) enrolled in graduate study are not eligible for the award.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may come from the graduate student, a faculty member, or a former student. Nomination packets should:

  1. Ensure nominee’s eligibility.
  2. Complete Nomination Form (PDF)
  3. Include a 1-page (maximum) statement that identifies the nominee’s outstanding activities.
    1. Statements should be a maximum of one, single-spaced page (a “backside” of a page is not considered), with 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and submitted as part of the larger pdf nomination packet.
    2. The statement should emphasize which area(s) of contribution are of focus [research and/or teaching]. This will inform the committee in regards to the criteria to evaluate the nomination.
  4. The nominee’s vita should be included.
    1. Nominations emphasizing contributions in research should include all current publications [APA formatting is required]. Copies of selected publications (no more than 2) should also be included.
    2. Nominations emphasizing contributions in teaching should include all courses taught as a separate section in the vita.
  5. Provide 2 letters of support for the nominee.
    1. One letter must be from the student’s major advisor.
    2. The other letter may come from another full time faculty member / mentor or from a student previously enrolled in the graduate students’ course (final grades must be posted before a student is considered a “prior student”).  

Letters of support should emphasize the quality of the nominee’s contributions in research, teaching, or both. Service contributions will be weighted as additional evidence in support of primary contributions through research/teaching.

The committee’s decision on award recipients will be made on the basis of the above materials only.

Rubric for Award:

Criterion

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations

Far Exceeds Expectations

Research

Contributions to research meet the expectations of graduate study at the nominee’s level, within their field.

Contributions to research exceed the expectations of graduate study at the nominee’s level, within their field.

Contributions to research far exceed the expectations of graduate study at the nominee’s level, within their field.

Teaching

Letter(s) of Support are positive regarding nominee’s pedagogy.

 

Letter(s) of Support are positive, with clear indicators to why the nominee’s pedagogy exceeds expectations. Additional evidence is also provided in the nominee statement (observation, SSI, student letter).

 

Letter(s) of Support are positive, with clear indicators to why the nominee’s pedagogy far exceeds expectations. Additional evidence is also provided in the nominee statement (observation, SSI, student letter).

Note: Nominations can include supplementary, service-related, evidence. This evidence is taken into consideration only when a nominee’s research and/or teaching has been found to exceed or far exceed expectations. Nominees who demonstrate exceeding expectations in both research and teaching will be considered in a similar manner, with teaching/research considered with more weight than service.