Nominations are open for Graduate Education Excellence Awards

The University of Oregon Division of Graduate Studies and the Office of the Provost are preparing to recognize a select group of faculty members and staff for their excellence in graduate education. Nominations are open for the Graduate Education Excellence Awards now through April 15.

The awards celebrate mentors and academic leaders and their ability to coordinate essential graduate programs and drive student success. With these awards, the Division of Graduate Studies hopes to highlight and reinforce practices that enhance the quality of graduate education at UO.

“Faculty and staff leaders in graduate education nurture the personal and professional development of the graduate students they work with, ensuring that students excel while at the UO and leave prepared to make their unique contributions to their professions and communities,” said Krista Chronister, vice provost for graduate studies. “Our graduate students’ excellence and impact drive our scholarly contributions and advance our ability as an academic community to make a difference in the world.”

The Graduate Education Excellence Awards include:

  • Excellence Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship, recognizing faculty members who provide outstanding mentorship practices that are culturally responsive, network based, reciprocal and adaptive.
  • Excellence Award for Directors of Graduate Studies, recognizing a faculty member charged with managing the essentials of a graduate program.
  • Excellence Award for Graduate Coordinators, recognizing a coordinator who has provided exceptional support and has pushed student advancement and cultivated an inclusive graduate learning environment.

Those nominated should exceed expectations by making innovative contributions that positively impact the quality of their graduate programs and/or students’ experience. Nominations can be submitted using this form.

Winners will be chosen by the Graduate Education Excellence Awards Committee, made up of past excellence awards winners. This committee is responsible for screening, reviewing and recommending the final candidate.

Each winner will be awarded a $2,000 research or travel award in their name granted to a graduate student or students in their department, a commemorative plaque and recognition at their individual awards ceremony.