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Nominate Students, Faculty, Staff, or Postdocs for TGS Awards

Modified: October 23, 2014

Dear Members of The Graduate School's Community,
As Dean of The Graduate School (TGS), I recognize the quality of our programs and services depend heavily upon our faculty, student, postdoc, and staff partners.  That is why we honor key individuals each year who have partnered with TGS to improve diversity, service, and engagement in the graduate community at Northwestern. These individuals were honored at our Awards and Recognition Dinner in March 2014.
It gives me great pleasure to announce the opening of the nomination process for this year’s awards cycle. The Graduate School is seeking nominations of faculty, student, postdoc, and staff for awards in the following categories:
Diversity is an integral part of TGS's Strategic Plan.  TGS cultivates an environment that values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives—essential ingredients for true academic excellence.   Our aim is to become a national leader in diversifying our population of enrolled students, as well as fostering best practices for recruiting, retaining, and encouraging the success of underrepresented minority students. Awardees in this category typically work closely with graduate students and/or prospective graduate students, or are very active in student groups or organizations, which contribute to the diversification of the graduate student and postdoctoral population.

Service a key component of any successful enterprise.  In our role as advocate for graduate students and graduate education, we identify and engage with appropriate partners to address process, policy, technology, and infrastructure improvements to better serve our diverse constituents. Awardees add value through participation in boards and committees, creation of resources that assist graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, or provide support to students or postdoctoral fellows in a notable capacity.
An engaged community is a productive and collaborative community. However creating community does not happen by accident, rather it takes conscious and thoughtful actions.  TGS strives to build a strong, collaborative, and connected community with stellar curricular, research, educational, and social opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  The ideal recipient of an Engagement award is a person who helps build networks that strengthen collaboration within the graduate and postdoctoral communities.
Click here to begin the nomination process: http://forms.tgs.northwestern.edu/view.php?id=19770.  Nominations must be submitted by November 18, 2014 at 5:00pm.
As an extra incentive, every person who submits a nominee for award consideration will be entered to win one of several $20 Amazon gift cards. In addition, those who nominate a successful candidate will be invited to join the recipient at the TGS Awards and Recognition Dinner on March 3, 2015.
I look forward to reading the nominations and to honoring the 2015 recipients at the dinner in March.
With Warm Regards,
Dwight A. McBride
Dean of The Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education

From the Dean