AFS Distinguished Graduate Student Award

Each year we select up to 15 graduate students to receive the Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Awards in one of three categories: Excellence in Research-Doctoral, Excellence in Research-Master’s, and Excellence in Teaching. Student nominations arrive from faculty advisors or departments, and nomination represents a true honor and accomplishment in itself, due to strenuous eligibility requirements. A panel of reviewers including faculty and administrators chooses award recipients.

Nomination Guidelines

Deadline for submission: 5pm February 17, 2017

Submit all nominations through the OGAPS e-proposal system at http://gsf.tamu.edu.
Students CANNOT submit/upload their own nominations.
 

Excellence in Teaching

  1. The nominee must have taught on at least a one-half time basis for two semesters or summer sessions (10 weeks) during his or her graduate enrollment at Texas A&M University, or must be completing the second semester of teaching at the time of nomination for the award.

  2. At the time of teaching the courses in item 1, the nominee must have been classified as a Graduate Assistant or as a one-half time lecturer/instructor with teaching responsibilities.

  3. The nominee must, at the time of nomination, be enrolled for a minimum of nine hours of course work.

  4. The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

  5. Previous nominees may be nominated again but prior awardees are not eligible for re-nomination.

  6. The nominee must not be a full-time member of the Texas A&M University faculty or staff at the time of nomination for the award.

  7. The nominee must have had independent authority to assign grades for course work or laboratory sections taught.

  8. Persons who have had more than five years of full-time, professional teaching experience are excluded from the competition.

Required Information Submitted by the Nominating Department

  1. A cover sheet (first page of the nomination packet) that includes:

    • Title stating: Nomination for Excellence in Teaching

    • Name of nominator, department, and nominator’s email

    • Student’s biographical information: Full name, email address, current physical address, phone number, male/female

    • Student’s preferred first name (if different from what appears in Compass)

    • Student’s UIN

    • Student’s title (Mr., Ms., Mrs.)

    • Class year for anticipated completion of current program (required by AFS) i.e. class of 2015

    • Please indicate full name as desired to appear on certificate (and if they prefer to have Ph.D. listed after name) in case student is selected

  2. A letter of nomination, summarizing the student’s qualifications and why this student should be selected for the award.

  3. Personal information about the nominee, such as an academic curriculum vitae.

  4. Evaluations of the nominee’s teaching by faculty members of the nominating department, peers of the nominee and students previously taught by the nominee at Texas A&M University. No more than two letters of evaluation in each of the preceding categories should be submitted.

  5. Information about grade distributions for each class taught by the nominee.

  6. Information about courses taught, number of students enrolled and type of preparation required for teaching courses.
     

Excellence in Research

  1. Eligible students include those who graduated in August 2016 or December 2016 and those on schedule to graduate no later than May 2017. Students who graduated prior to the August 2016 commencement are not eligible.

  2. Previous nominees may be nominated again but prior awardees are not eligible for re-nomination.

  3. The student’s approved research proposal must be on file in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

  4. Please do not submit copies of theses, dissertations or manuscripts.

Required Information Submitted by the Nominating Department

  1. A cover sheet (first page of the nomination packet) that includes:

    • Title stating: Nomination for Excellence in Research

    • Name of nominator, department and nominator’s email

    • Student’s biographical information: Full name, email address, current physical address, phone number, male/female

    • Student’s preferred first name (if different from what appears in Compass)

    • Student’s UIN

    • Student’s title (Mr., Ms., Mrs.)

    • Class year for anticipated completion of current program (required by AFS) i.e. class of 2014

    • Please indicate full name as desired to appear on certificate (and if they prefer to have Ph.D. listed after name) in case student is selected

  2. A letter of nomination, summarizing the student’s qualifications and why this student should be selected for the award.

  3. The student’s specific research and scholastic achievements. This information should appear as a separate list.

    • Academic awards, scholarships, fellowships or other scholarly recognition since becoming a graduate student.

    • Presentation at local, state, national or international meeting of professional societies or topical conference. Please do not include manuscripts (identify meeting or conference, title of presentation, place, date and role played by student).

    • Reviewed publications. Please do not include manuscripts (document those accepted but not yet published). List a complete bibliographic citation with authors in the published order.

    • Other publications.  Please do not include manuscripts (books, book chapters, conference proceedings, abstracts, etc.).

    • Submitted publications (please do not include manuscripts; document those still in review).

    • Other research-related, scholarly, creative or innovative activities (techniques, devices or concepts developed; grant proposals written, etc.

  4. Letter of support/recommendation from faculty or colleagues (limit to three) who can attest to  nominee's research quality and productivity.

  5. Student-written “layman’s summary” of research project, its scientific or scholarly significance and the relationship to student’s career goals (limit to two pages, double spaced; use separate sheets).  Faculty are requested to refrain from editing. Append also the thesis or dissertation abstract, if available.
     

For information on previous winners, click on the link(s) below.

2011-12 Award winners
2012-13 Award winners
2013-14 Award winners
2014-15 Award winners
2015-16 Award winners