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Outstanding Student Research or Creative Activities Award

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Program Description

The annual Outstanding Student Researcher Award was created in 2013 in connection with the annual “Meeting of the Minds” Student Research Symposium. The award is designed to acknowledge one graduate and undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary scholastic work in both their academics and research within any field. 

The Outstanding Student Researcher for graduate and undergraduate scholars are selected based on their research or creative activities (e.g., paper, equivalent presentation, exhibit, etc.), letter of recommendation, academic achievement, and participation in extracurricular activities. Awardees will receive $500 award and will present their research during the Academic Research Week.


Award Details 

The Outstanding Student Researcher Awardees are selected on the basis of their research or creative activities (e.g., paper, equivalent presentation, exhibit, etc.), letter of recommendation, academic achievement, and participation in extracurricular activities. Awardees will receive funds in coyote cash and will present their research during the “Meeting of the Minds”. Students are not permitted to self-nominate and must request support from their faculty mentor. 


Eligibility 

1. The student must have been enrolled as a student during the academic year of their nomination.
2. The research or creative activities must be conducted by the student.
3. The student must have a GPA of a 3.5 or higher
4. The student must have participated in extracurricular activities outside of the classroom.
5. The student must be nominated by a faculty member.


Submission Guidelines

The following submission guidelines should be followed:

NOMINATIONS:

Submission of nominations must be online through InfoReady and must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on the deadline date.

Nominations are due by February 26th, 2023.

  • The nomination should include a statement of nomination written by a faculty member.
  • The statement must be uploaded in PDF format.

The nominator should address the following questions in their statement:

  1. How long have you known the nominee and in what capacity?
  2. What has the student accomplished within the area of research and creative activities?
  3. What is the student’s short and long-term academic/career goals?
  4. Describe the student’s involvement in extracurricular activities on campus or within the community.
  5. Tell us why you believe your mentee deserves this award over other candidates.

NOMINEE DOCUMENTATION: 

Following nominations, the OSR will contact the nominees to solicit the following supporting materials in order to be considered for the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research or Creative Activities Award:

  1. A statement of purpose (not to exceed 2 pages) outlining the nominee’s goals, research or creative interests, and their academic achievements
  2. A resume/curriculum vitae
  3. A sample of their research or creative activities (e.g., a research paper, publication, poster, photographs and description of performance or exhibit, etc.)
  • All materials must be submitted online through InfoReady and must be submitted no later than 5:00pm on the deadline date.
  • Late or incomplete nominee packets will be evaluated at the discretion of the awards committee.

Award Obligations

All awardees agree to the following terms:

  • Nominees are asked to attend the Recognition of Faculty Mentors and Student Researchers Luncheon - April 14th, 2023, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

  • Awardees will be expected to give a talk about their research during Research Week (April 11th-14th, 2023)


Outstanding Student Researcher or Creative Activities Award Guidelines

Submit InfoReady Application

Deadline to submit an application is February 26, 2023

Students are not permitted to self-nominate; student must be nominated by a faculty member.