The outstanding accomplishments of our graduate students and graduate assistants are honored each year through a series of awards.

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award

Recognizing exemplary TA performance at the master’s level, this award competition occurs in the fall.

Distinguished Thesis Award

Recognizing distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.

Outstanding Graduate Assistant Awards

Recognizing excellent administrative, teaching and research graduate assistants, along with graduate mentors. Competition for these awards take place in the spring.

Outstanding Thesis Advisor

This award recognizes thesis advisors who have demonstrated a high level of interest in and expectation for their students. These faculty members have shown continued dedication to both student thesis productivity and thesis quality. Note: Candidates for this award are not nominated by students. Students who wish to nominate their thesis advisor for an award should submit a nomination form for the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award.

Interdisciplinary Research Forum Awards

Recognizing outstanding visual and oral presentations of research.

3 Minute Thesis

Recognizing those students' oral presentations as well as their time management skills.

Outstanding Graduate Mentor

This award, nominated by students, recognizes one faculty member who has taken an active role in students’ graduate pursuits. The recipient of this award has mentored graduate students not only as an academic advisor but has influenced students’ lives personally.