Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence Award

Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence Award

The Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence Award will be given to three students during the spring commencement ceremony.

During this year’s spring commencement ceremony, a few select graduate students will receive a prestigious honor awarded by the university president. If you graduated in the summer or are planning to graduate this academic year, one of those exceptional students could be you.

The 2018 Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence is an award given to three students who best exemplify the university’s core values of scholarship, leadership, diversity and engagement. Recipients of this award will be recognized at both the All University Recognition Ceremony and the Doctoral Hooding and Master’s Recognition Ceremony in April 2018.

Am I eligible for this award?

To be considered for this award, students must have graduated from a master’s or doctoral program in Summer 2017, or be eligible for graduation in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018 with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better. There is no limit to the number of applicants per program.

Nominees should exhibit high achievement within their respective academic field. This could include research work or publications that have the potential for a global impact. Creative arts, performance and projects show the quality of the student’s culminating experience, as well as any local or international recognition for academic achievements.

Award recipients show significant leadership contributions within an organization or their discipline of study. This could include advocacy, governance, service or athletic organizations. Participation in community activities and service to the country also demonstrate strong leadership qualities.

The nominee’s work during their time as a graduate student should also be impactful, giving back to the university and the community through effective mentoring and unique contributions to the academic community. Job offers, book/article contracts, study grants, speaking engagements or patents demonstrate the student’s potential for future success after graduation.

How do I apply?

Graduate students can nominate themselves for this award, or receive a nomination from faculty or staff. Finalists must be available in January for an interview with the selection committee.

Application packets must be submitted electronically to the GSGA president, vice president, or campus ambassador by November 30, 2017. The application must contain: 

  1. The completed Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence form.
  2. Nominee’s basic information.
  3. A current resume or CV, no more than three pages.
  4. An essay of no more than four typed, double-spaced pages, explaining, in terms of the criteria, why you think you should be named a recipient of this award and reflecting on your involvement illustrating innovation, initiative, independence, a positive peer impact and contributions to a group for sustainability and growth.
  5. A completed nomination form and corresponding letter of recommendation from a faculty, staff or administrative member of the University of Cincinnati.
  6. A second nomination form and corresponding letter of recommendation from a faculty, staff or administrative member of the University of Cincinnati. If the first nomination is by a faculty member, the second letter should be from a member of the UC staff or administration, and vice-versa.
  7. One further letter of support is permitted (maximum of three).

You’ve worked hard on your path to a master’s or doctoral degree, and receiving a prestigious award from the president could be the icing on your graduation cake. Fill out the Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence application form for a chance to gain notable recognition as a celebration of your achievements.