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The Graduate School Awards and Recognition Reception

Modified: November 2, 2015

Each year, The Graduate School celebrates key individuals who have worked to improve diversity, service and engagement in the graduate community at Northwestern at The Graduate School’s Awards and Recognition Reception. 

Recipients will be honored at the Awards and Recognition Reception on March 8, 2016. Nominations are open from November 2 - December 13. As an extra incentive, every person who submits a nominee for consideration will be entered to win one of several $20 Amazon gift cards.
All Northwestern University faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows and staff who are affiliated with The Graduate School are eligible for these awards. To nominate a faculty member, staff member, student, or postdoctoral fellow, please complete the nomination survey, which includes the submission of a brief narrative explaining how the nominee fulfills the selection criteria. In addition, we recommend that you include letters of support from current or former graduate students. For more details, read our Nomination Procedures

Nominees are evaluated for consistent and outstanding academic and administrative support of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Individual awards will be given to faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral fellows 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.   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.  TGS identifies and engages 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. 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. If you recognize a faculty, staff, students, or postdoctoral fellow who fall in line with the criteria mentioned above, please consider nominating them for an award.