Graduate School Recognition Awards

Description: 
This award acknowledges and honors a person who has enjoyed outstanding success in mentoring graduate studentsAny full-time UNCG faculty member who has successfully mentored a cadre of graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level is eligible for nomination.  Each nominee must have demonstrated continuing success as a mentor over a significant portion of her/his career.


Nominations for the Spring 2020 awards are due to The Graduate School by November 21, 2019.  Submit all nominations through UNCG InfoReady Review. Please direct questions to Priscilla Bohannon.


Award: $1,000 and a plaque will be presented at the Excellence Convocation.

Guidelines:

  • Each nominee must have gained distinction as a mentor on the UNCG campus.
  • Reputation for facilitating student learning by making complex ideas understandable and meaningful to students.
  • Establishment and maintenance of high academic standards.
  • Positive role modeling as a professional, with personal integrity, high ethical standards, and achievable standards for personal excellence.
  • Consistent and ongoing guidance of students regarding resources within and outside the university, conflict resolution, and advocacy for completion of the program of study in a timely manner.
  • Substantial influence on the academic and professional pursuits of students that may include funded research, co-authorship on publications, and co-presentations at national or international conferences.

Nomination Process:

Faculty members may be nominated by their institutional colleagues or current students; they may not nominate themselves. Student nominators must work with a faculty member (facilitator) to submit a nomination packet. Nominations must include the following materials:

  • A summary of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.
  • A letter of endorsement from the unit dean (or equivalent) of the nominee – this will be requested through InfoReady Review.
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  • A minimum of 1 letter of support from departmental colleagues.

NOTE: Three letters of recommendation from former graduate students attesting to the mentoring provided by the nominee will be requested by the nominator through InfoReady Review. Consult the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award Application Requirements document at UNCG InfoReady Review for detailed instructions. If the nominee or nominator wishes to include additional letters, they should be included with the application pdf.

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award Past Winners:

Description: The Outstanding Dissertation Award was established to recognize exceptional work by doctoral students and to encourage the highest levels of scholarship, research, and writing. Each academic department offering the doctoral degree may nominate one dissertation for consideration.


Call for nominations of 2019 graduates will occur Monday,November 4 2019. The nomination deadline will be Friday, January 31 2020.


Award: $1,500 award and a plaque will be presented at the Honors Convocation in the spring.

Guidelines: The following criteria were developed by a subcommittee of the Directors of Graduate Study and will be used in judging dissertations:

  • Originality in selection and formulation of the research topic
  • Contribution this work makes to its academic discipline
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Skill and creativity in the use of methodology or research techniques
  • Independence of thought demonstrated by the student throughout the dissertation process 

Nomination Process:

  1. Dissertations of those students who graduated only in calendar year (May, August, or December) prior to the spring in which the award is presented are eligible for nomination.
  2. The nomination packet (with all components submitted electronically through InfoReady Review) must include:
    • The web link to the electronically published dissertation, or PDF of the dissertation
    • A single letter of support signed by all members of the nominee’s committee is required. Support from other faculty either here or elsewhere is welcome but optional. The letter must be signed before being scanned (no letters without signatures or with digital or typed signatures).
  3. Nominations will be reviewed by the Department Head/Chair. Upon endorsement, it will be reviewed by The Graduate School.

Description: The Innovative Use of Technology in a Thesis or Dissertation award recognizes the significant accomplishments of master’s degree students through their thesis or master’s production. Each academic department offering the master’s degree may nominate one thesis or master’s production for consideration.


Call for nominations of 2019 graduates will occur Monday,November 4 2019. The nomination deadline will be Friday, January 31 2020.


Award: $1,000 award and a plaque will be presented at the Honors Convocation in the spring in the years that a nominee is selected.

Guidelines:

  • The following criteria were developed by a subcommittee of the Directors of Graduate Study and will be used in judging dissertations:
    • Originality in selection and formulation of the research topic
    • Contribution this work makes to its academic discipline
    • Clarity of presentation
    • Skill and creativity in the use of methodology or research techniques
    • Independence of thought demonstrated by the student throughout the thesis or dissertation process
    • Innovation in the use of technology in the design, methods, or presentation of the thesis or dissertation.  Examples of innovative work include use of renderings, photos, maps, video, or other multimedia objects in the document, employment of special technology to collect data or conduct experiments, or perhaps the invention of a new (or improvement of a current) technology.

    Nomination Process:

    1. Nominee must have graduated in the calendar year (May, August, or December) prior to the spring in which the award is presented.
    2. A nomination packet (with all components submitted electronically through InfoReady Review)  and include:
      • The web link to the electronically published dissertation/thesis, or PDF of the dissertation/thesis
      • A single letter of support signed by all members of the nominee’s committee is required. Support from other faculty either here or elsewhere is welcome but optional. The letter must be signed before being scanned (no letters without signatures or with digital or typed signatures).
    3. Nominations will be reviewed by the Department Head/Chair. Upon endorsement, it will be reviewed by The Graduate School.

    Please note: This award may be given in combination with the Outstanding Thesis/Master’s Production or Outstanding Dissertation Award or to another nominee as recommended each year by the selection committees for the Outstanding Thesis / Master’s Production or the Outstanding Dissertation Award.  

Description: This award recognizes the significant accomplishments of master’s degree students through their thesis or master’s production. Each academic department offering the master’s degree may nominate one thesis or master’s production for consideration.


Call for nominations of 2019 graduates will occur Monday,November 4 2019. The nomination deadline will be Friday, January 31 2020.


Award$1,000 award and plaque will be presented to the recipient at the Honors Convocation in the spring.

Guidelines: The following criteria were developed by a subcommittee of the Directors of Graduate Study and will be used in judging theses and master’s productions:

  • Clarity of presentation
  • Originality and creativity of the thesis/master’s production and potential for external recognition
  • Quality, size, and scope of the thesis/master’s production; level of its challenge and assessment of its quality and execution
  • Relationship to professional caliber of work in the field (i.e., publishable work in/for refereed journal or juried exhibits)

Nomination Process:

  1. Theses and master’s productions of those who graduated only in calendar year (May, August, or December) prior to the spring in which the award is presented are eligible for nomination.
  2. A nomination packet (with all components submitted electronically through InfoReady Review) must include:
    • The web link to the electronically published thesis, PDF of the thesis, or comparable electronic submission of the master’s production
    • A single letter of support signed by all members of the nominee’s committee is required. Support from other faculty either here or elsewhere is welcome but optional. The letter must be signed before being scanned (no letters without signatures or with digital or typed signatures).
  3. Nominations will be reviewed by the Department Head/Chair. Upon endorsement, it will be reviewed by The Graduate School.

Description: The University, through the George and Beatrice Goldman Fisher Gerontology Dissertation Prize, has established an annual award of $1000 to the best UNCG dissertation in any discipline which is related to gerontology and best advances improvement in the quality of life of the elderly. Each academic department offering the doctoral degree may nominate dissertations for consideration.


Call for nominations of 2019 graduates will occur Monday,November 4 2019. The nomination deadline will be Friday, January 31 2020.


Award$1000 award and plaque will be presented at the Honors Convocation in the spring.

Guidelines: The following criteria will be used in judging:

  • Contribution this work makes to gerontology
  • Originality in selection and formulation of research topic
  • Skill and creativity in the use of methodology or research techniques 

Nomination Process: 

  1. Dissertations of those students who graduated only in calendar year (May, August, or December) prior to the spring in which the award is presented are eligible for nomination.
  2. The nomination packet (with all components submitted electronically through InfoReady Review) must include:
    • The web link to the electronically published dissertation, or PDF of the dissertation
    • A single letter of support signed by all members of the nominee’s committee is required. Support from other faculty either here or elsewhere is welcome but optional. The letter must be signed before being scanned (no letters without signatures or with digital or typed signatures).
  3. Nominations will be reviewed by the Department Head/Chair. Upon endorsement, it will be reviewed by The Graduate School.

Description: The University, through the George and Beatrice Goldman Fisher Gerontology Master’s Prize, has established an annual award of $500 to the best UNCG master’s thesis or master’s project in any discipline which is related to gerontology and best advances improvement in the quality of life of the elderly. Each academic department offering the master’s degree may nominate master’s theses or projects for consideration.


Call for nominations of 2019 graduates will occur Monday,November 4 2019. The nomination deadline will be Friday, January 31 2020.


Award$500 award and plaque will be presented at the Honors Convocation in the spring

Guidelines: The following criteria will be used in judging:

  • Contribution this work makes to gerontology
  • Originality in selection and formulation of research topic
  • Skill and creativity in the use of methodology or research techniques

Nomination Process:

  1. Theses of those who graduated only in calendar year (May, August, or December) prior to the spring in which the award is presented are eligible for nomination.
  2. A nomination packet (with all components submitted electronically through InfoReady Review) must include:
    • The web link to the electronically published thesis, or PDF of the thesis
    • A single letter of support signed by all members of the nominee’s committee is required. Support from other faculty either here or elsewhere is welcome but optional. The letter must be signed before being scanned (no letters without signatures or with digital or typed signatures).
  3. Nominations will be reviewed by the Department Head/Chair. Upon endorsement, it will be reviewed by The Graduate School.

Description: This award acknowledges the contributions of graduate students to teaching and instruction at UNCG. This award is significant to student teachers as it is an affirmation of their dedication to education by their specific department. It reminds the campus community that teaching is central to the university’s mission and that inspiring students increases our global reach.


Selection needed by Monday, March 2, 2020. Please send the student name, school/college, and department of your winner to The Graduate School. Kristi Crowther.


Award$200 award  and recognition at the Honors Convocation in the spring will be given to selected TA from each College/School.

Guidelines: Each of the five academic units that have graduate teaching assistants will develop procedures for selecting its outstanding graduate student TA.

  • Award recipients must be selected for high-quality instruction done during the current academic year.
  • Units are free to develop their own selection process, as long as one variable used is the written evaluation by the designated departmental faculty supervisor of the TA.