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Outstanding Student Research or Creative Activities Award

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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. 

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 $500 in coyote cash and will present their research during the “Meeting of the Minds”. Students are not permitted to self-nominate and should request support from their faculty mentor. 


  1. The student must have been enrolled in a graduate program during the current academic year.
  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 application process includes three parts: 1) faculty nomination 2) nominee documentation and 3) committee decision. Nominations must be submitted online through InfoReady no later than 5:00 pm on the deadline date. The application consists of general questions about the nominator and nominee.  However, the nomination statement should consist of the following: 

  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 are 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.


Nominations Opens: February 1st, 2022

Nominations Closes: March 1st, 2022

Congratulations to the 2020 - 2021 Outstanding Student Research & Creatives Activities Awardees

Outstanding Graduate Student Awardee

Miles Valencia, Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Angela Horner


Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awardee

Milli Patel, Supply Chain & Transportation Management

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nasrin Mohabbati