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Graduate School Medal

We live in an increasingly globalized world, yet understanding the nature of international issues remains exceptionally difficult. It is clear that there are no easy answers to our world’s current problems — making it all the more important that we dedicate ourselves to understanding the complicated answers. The Graduate School at the University of Washington is dedicated to training the next generation of individuals who can understand the complicated answers — in laboratories and classrooms, in business and government, at home and abroad. Compelled by the world around them, our graduate students are positioned at the leading edge of learning and discovery, seeking new approaches and innovative solutions to some of our most intractable problems. To recognize and honor the “scholar-citizens” in our midst, The Graduate School offers The Graduate School Medal. This medal is given to recognize Ph.D. candidates whose academic expertise and social awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates an exemplary commitment to the University and its larger community.

About the Graduate School Medal

The Graduate School Medal is a $5,000 award to a Ph.D., DMA, Au.D., DNP, DPT, or Ed.D. candidate who displays an exemplary commitment to both the University and its larger community. The Graduate School Medal recognizes the “scholar-citizens” whose academic expertise and social awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates active civic engagement and a capacity to promote political, cultural and social change. The Medal recipient will be announced in spring quarter. The Medal is funded from the UW Graduate Fellowship Fund, which is supported primarily by annual gifts from alumni and friends of the UW.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 13, 2017, 11:45 p.m. (PDT)

Eligibility

Any graduate student who has achieved candidacy for a Ph.D., D.M.A., Au.D., D.N.P, D.P.T., or Ed.D. and who expects to receive his/her degree by August 2018 is eligible for the Graduate School Medal; however, departments can nominate only one student.

Nomination Process

Submit nomination via catalyst >

Departments may nominate only one student.

Doctoral candidates may be nominated from departments or programs that lie within the jurisdiction of the Graduate School. These are the Ph.D., D.M.A., D.N.P., Au.D., D.P.T. and Ed.D. programs. Not included are the J.D., M.D., Pharm.D., and D.D.S. programs.

Each nomination consists of the following and must be submitted electronically via the link above:

  • a nomination cover sheet;
  • a 1–2 page nomination letter from a dean/director/chair;
  • a 1–3 page (double-spaced) personal statement from the student;
  • a 1–2 page letter from the chair of the nominee’s doctoral supervisory committee;
  • an unofficial UW transcript;
  • a curriculum vitae from the student.

These materials are mandatory; however, if the nominee wishes to include additional references that address the impacts of their work, up to two additional letters of recommendation may be appended (electronic).

Nominations meeting initial review requirements will be examined by a committee consisting of Graduate School deans and a current member of the Graduate Council. The committee will select a pool of finalists to be forwarded to the Graduate School Council for consideration. The Council will review the finalists’ applications, conduct interviews at the April 20, 2017 meeting, and make the final selection.

Nominations must be submitted to the Catalyst drop box by 11:45 p.m. (PDT) on March 13, 2017, to be accepted for consideration.

Criteria for selection

In addition to the minimum criteria listed above, nominees will be expected to have demonstrated — and/or show potential to demonstrate — an ability to integrate intellectual insight and social concern.

Nominees will:

  • have applied their disciplinary expertise to the world around them,
  • be committed to “problem-oriented” scholarship and its requisite interdisciplinary nature, and
  • be integrating their work in the academy with engagement in the public/private sectors.

The Graduate School Medal recipient will be a scholar-citizen who illustrates the synergy between graduate-level achievement in the University and social or cultural productivity outside.

Terms of Award

The award will be paid as a lump sum. Medal recipients may be asked to participate in various Graduate School events but are not required to provide work or service to the University.

Means of Support

Funds for the Graduate School Medal are provided by the UW Graduate Fellowship Fund, which receives annual giving campaign gifts to the Graduate School.

Past Medalists

2016: Erica Sanchez, Molecular and Cellular Biology
2015: Cuauhtemoc Mexica, Comparative Literature (runner-up: Carol Warrior, English)
2014: Shiri Azenkot, Computer Science and Engineering
2013: Chris Bassett, Mechanical Engineering
2012: Jill Woelfer, Information School
2011: Yaw Anokwa, Computer Science and Engineering
2010: Anna Cavender, Computer Science and Engineering
2009: Renee Byrd, Women Studies
2008: Caroline Faria, Geography
2007: Thomas Robey, Bioengineering
2006: Laura Certain, Genome Sciences and Karen Rosenberg, Women Studies
2005: Mae Henderson, Women Studies and Melanie Roberts, Neurobiology and Behavior
2004: Vibha Sazawal, Computer Science and Engineering and Jeanette Bushnell, Women Studies
2003: Selina Mohammed, Nursing and Maha El-Taji, Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Fellowships and Awards at gradappt@uw.edu or 206.543.7152.

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