Graduate Student Awards

These annual awards recognize excellence in research, teaching and leadership among our graduate students, and are presented at the Year-end Awards Reception held in late April each year.

Selected students receive a plaque and a $500 cash award. To be nominated, students must be in good standing, meet the eligibility criteria, and (PhD nominees only) must have submitted their academic progress reports for the academic year in which the nomination is submitted.

Faculty nominators are encouraged to consult with the awards committee and DGP for advice and support in making nominations.

Outstanding TA Award
  • Recognizes superior contributions by TAs in the classroom or lab.
  • Who Is Eligible: any student who has served as Graduate Teaching Assistant for at least one semester during the previous calendar year. A student may receive this award only once.
  • Qualities to consider in making nominations: in-depth knowledge of subject taught, enthusiasm for teaching, superb communication skills, responsiveness and availability to students, teaching evaluations/student comments.
  • Award amount: $500
  • Who may nominate: Faculty
Outstanding Research Award
  • Recognizes outstanding research contributions.
  • Who is Eligible: any Doctoral student for research contributions in the previous calendar year.
  • Criteria: publications, best paper awards, artifacts (e.g., software tools), invention disclosures, research presentations
  • Award amount: $500
  • Who may nominate: Faculty
Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Recognizes and encourages exceptional research and writing, and impact on the field.
  • Who is Eligible: any Doctoral student who has successfully defended their Dissertation in the previous calendar year.
  • Criteria: originality, novelty and creativity, scholarly excellence, significant contribution to the field.
  • Winner may be nominated for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • Award Amount: $500
  • Criteria: Publications, Best Paper Awards, Artifacts (e.g., software tools), Invention Disclosures, Research presentations
  • Who may nominate: Faculty
Masters Research Award
  • Recognizes exceptional research by a Masters student
  • Who is Eligible: any Masters student for research contributions in the previous calendar year.
  • Criteria: publications, best paper awards, artifacts (e.g., software tools), invention disclosures, research presentations
  • Award amount: $500
  • Who may nominate: Faculty
Graduate Student Leadership Award
  • Recognizes graduate student leaders who have made positive difference in their scholarly work, the department, campus, and community.
  • Who is Eligible: any graduate student for contributions made in the previous calendar year.
  • Criteria: leadership skills, engagement and efforts at the departmental, university, local, and national levels, impact
  • Award amount: $500
  • Who may nominate: Faculty