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Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Awards

Each year we select a group of graduate students to receive the Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Awards in one of two categories: Excellence in Research-Doctoral and Excellence in Teaching-Master’s and Doctoral. Student nominations arrive from faculty advisors or departments, and nomination represents a true honor and accomplishment, due to strenuous eligibility requirements. A panel of reviewers including faculty and administrators chooses award recipients.
 

Nomination Guidelines

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 18, 2022 at 12pm noon CST.
 
Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award – Excellence in Research (Doctoral) 
Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award – Excellence in Teaching (Master’s and Doctoral)

Students CANNOT self-nominate.
 

About the Award

Each awardee will receive a:
  • framed certificate
  • watch engraved and valued at $500
 

Excellence in Teaching (Master’s and Doctoral)

  1. The nominee must have taught on a half time basis for a minimum of two semesters or 10-week summer sessions during his or her graduate enrollment at Texas A&M University, or must be completing the second semester of teaching at the time of nomination for the award.
  2. At the time of teaching the courses in item 1, the nominee must have been classified as a Graduate Assistant or a ½ time lecturer/instructor with teaching responsibilities.
  3. The nominee must, at the time of nomination, be enrolled full-time.
  4. The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  5. Previous nominees may be nominated again but prior awardees are not eligible for re-nomination.
  6. The nominee cannot be a full-time member of the Texas A&M University faculty or staff at the time of nomination for the award.
  7. The nominee must have had independent authority to assign grades for course work or laboratory sections taught.
  8. Persons who have had more than five years of full-time, professional teaching experience are excluded from the competition.

 

Required Information Submitted by the Nominating Department

  1. A cover sheet (first page of the nomination packet) that includes:
    • Title stating: Nomination for Excellence in Teaching
    • Name of nominator, department, and nominator’s email
    • Student’s biographical information: Full name, email address, current physical address, phone number, gender (male/female)
    • Student’s preferred first name
    • Student’s UIN
    • Class year for anticipated completion of current program (required by the Association of Former Students) i.e., class of 2021
  2. A letter of nomination, summarizing the student’s qualifications and why this student should be selected for the award.
  3. Personal information about the nominee, such as an academic curriculum vitae.
  4. Evaluations of the nominee’s teaching by faculty members of the nominating department, peers of the nominee, and students previously taught by the nominee at Texas A&M University. No more than two letters of evaluation in each of the preceding categories should be submitted.
  5. Information about grade distributions for each class taught by the nominee.
  6. Information about courses taught, number of students enrolled, and type of preparation required for teaching courses.
 

Excellence in Research (Doctoral)

  1. Eligible students include those who graduated in August 2021 or December 2021 and those on schedule to graduate no later than May 2022. Students who graduated prior to the August 2021 commencement are not eligible.
  2. Previous nominees may be nominated again but prior awardees are not eligible for re-nomination.
  3. The student’s approved research proposal must be on file with the Graduate and Professional School.
  4. Please do not submit copies of theses, dissertations, or manuscripts.
 

Required Information Submitted by the Nominating Department

  1. A cover sheet (first page of the nomination packet) that includes:
    • Title stating: Nomination for Excellence in Research
    • Name of nominator, department, and nominator’s email
    • Student’s biographical information: Full name, email address, current physical address, phone number, and gender (male/female)
    • Student’s preferred first name
    • Student’s UIN
    • Class year for anticipated completion of current program (required by the Association of Former Students) i.e. class of 2021
  2. A letter of nomination, summarizing the student’s qualifications and why this student should be selected for the award.
  3. The student’s specific research and scholastic achievements. This information should appear as a separate list.
    • Academic awards, scholarships, fellowships, or other scholarly recognition since becoming a graduate student.
    • Presentation at local, state, national, or international meeting of professional societies or topical conference. Please do not include manuscripts (identify meeting or conference, title of presentation, place, date, and role played by student).
    • Reviewed publications. Please do not include manuscripts (document those accepted but not yet published). List a complete bibliographic citation with authors in the published order.
    • Other publications.  Please do not include manuscripts (books, book chapters, conference proceedings, abstracts, etc.).
    • Submitted publications (please do not include manuscripts; document those still in review).
    • Other research-related, scholarly, creative or innovative activities (techniques, devices or concepts developed; grant proposals written, etc.
  4. Letter of support/recommendation from faculty or colleagues (limit to three) who can attest to nominee's research quality and productivity.
  5. Student-written “layman’s summary” of research project, its scientific or scholarly significance and the relationship to student’s career goals (limit to two pages, double spaced; use separate sheets).  Faculty are requested to refrain from editing. Append also the thesis or dissertation abstract, if available.

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