Outstanding Graduate Assistant Awards

Each spring, the Graduate Council and the Graduate Student Senate recognize excellent administrative, teaching and research graduate assistants. A separate award for "Distinguished" Teaching Assistants is given by the Graduate College in the fall, and that student is our nominee for the MAGS TA award.

These awards are presented at the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum.

Outstanding Administrative Graduate Assistant

Many administrative and academic offices could not run effectively if it were not for the dedicated help of graduate assistants. This award recognizes one graduate student who has proven to be capable of taking on responsibilities beyond the job requirements.

Nominees will be asked to submit electronically the following to complete the application process:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One to three letters of recommendation from supervisor or peers
  • One page reflection of responsibilities and contributions

Outstanding Teaching Graduate Assistant

Teaching assistants educate students about the fundamentals of their areas. An exceptional TA encourages students to succeed, while modifying the curriculum to enrich course application and takes on responsibilities beyond the job requirements.

Nominees will be asked to submit electronically the following to complete the application process:

  • Copy of teaching evaluation form and scores for all available classes and semesters
  • One to three letters of recommendation from students, previous or current
  • One letter of recommendation from supervisor, who has observed teaching
  • One page reflection of teaching philosophies, responsibilities and contributions

Outstanding Research Graduate Assistant

This award recognizes one graduate student who primarily works as a research assistant. The graduate student earning this award plays an integral role in a professor’s research and takes on responsibilities beyond the job requirements.

Nominees will be asked to submit electronically the following to complete the application process:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One to three letters of recommendation from supervisor or peers
  • One page reflection on responsibilities and contributions

Outstanding Graduate Mentor

This award recognizes one individual 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.

Nominees will be asked to submit electronically the following to complete the application process:

  • One letter of recommendation from a past or current graduate student mentee
  • One to two additional letters of recommendation from colleagues and/or students, past or present
  • One to two page reflection on philosophies and mentoring contributions

Nomination process

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to submit nominations for these awards. Nominations are due by noon on March 15th.

Nominated students and faculty members will be contacted via email with instructions for completing their application. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 3rd.