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Office of Graduate Studies

Graduate Recognition Award Nominations

The deadline for nominations has passed.

Refer to our award information page for deadlines and annual nomination schedules.

See Folsom and Graduate Studies Awards for deadlines, guidelines, and additional information.

Before you begin

Make sure you have the following:

  1. Your letter of nomination in plain text format, ready to be copied and pasted digitally into our form.
  2. A valid email address for the person you are nominating. Submitting this form will automatically generate an email to the nominee. If you provide an invalid address, the nominee will not receive our message and will not be able to complete the rest of the nomination materials.
  3. If nominating for Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education: The name and valid email address of a graduate faculty member, a peer of the nominee, who agrees to compose and submit a letter of support before the deadline for supporting materials.

Graduate Recognition Award Nomination


Selecting an award will deactivate items below that are not relevant to your selection.


(E.g., advisor, dept. chair, etc.)



Graduate Faculty Peer (to write letter of support)

This letter is important in helping the awards committee determine the nominee's qualifications.

Length: Not more than 2 pages. We recommend that you compose your letter in a text or word-processing document (with Notepad, TextEdit, MS Word, or similar software) and paste it into this form when it is complete.

Note that this form accepts plain text only, so text formatting (bolding, centering, superscript, etc.) will be lost, and some special characters (symbols, foreign letters, etc.) may be lost or distorted.

Please include a "signature" with your name, title, and department.

Form Submission

What happens next

Supporting materials are required.

As soon as a nomination form is submitted, the system sends an email to the nominee (and the graduate faculty peer, if applicable) with instructions and a customized link enabling submission of the supporting materials required for consideration for the award.

No videos, binders, or other materials will be accepted.

A nomination is incomplete until all required materials have been received by Graduate Studies. When making selections, the awards committee will consider only those nominations which are completed before the deadline.

Required for the Excellence in Graduate Education Award:
  • From the nominee: Current curriculum vitae
  • From the nominee: One- to two-page statement describing the nominee's goals, methods, and accomplishments in mentoring graduate students
  • From the graduate faculty peer: One-page letter of support
Required from students nominated for the Outstanding GRA Award:
  • One-page summary of research activity/project in non-specialist language, emphasizing the timeliness, significance, and uniqueness of the project/activity
  • Two-page vitae including descriptions of recent research and creative activities
Required from students nominated for the Outstanding GTA Award:
  • One-page summary of teaching evaluations from at least two courses or labs (both quantitative and qualitative)
  • One-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • Two-page vitae including descriptions of any creative teaching materials developed, exceptional instructional responsibilities, or innovative instructional techniques used