GSGA Excellence Awards

Looking for greater recognition in your research and graduate endeavors? Want something that will boost both your confidence and your resume? Your Graduate Student Goverment Association is providing amazing opportunities for you through their Excellence Awards, which are now receiving nominations in full swing.  

This year, awards include:

Graduate Student Association of the Year Award: This award honors a departmental and/or college-level GSA that has been particularly active in helping its students through workshops and/or community-building activities. This award is offered as a way to encourage community-building across the entire campus.

Exemplary Service Awards: There are four awards in this category. These awards honor students who portray compelling and outstanding acts of community building, global engagement, collaboration, and service. Students should have worked hard in serving UC or the Cincinnati community. Examples include non-profit work and other volunteer efforts. The GSGA loves to honor the many different ways that students choose to help others by volunteering their time.

Exemplary Scholarship Awards: There are four awards in this category. These awards recognize students who have reached high academic achievement either in the classroom or in their research. The GSGA wishes to encourage students to attain high scholarly standards. 

Exemplary Initiative Award: This award is bestowed upon the student who exhibits the guiding principles of leadership, citizenship, and partnership. It is meant for students who come up with new ideas implemented to better UC or the Cincinnati community. An example would be starting a new program or activity at UC that has been extremely helpful for other students. By offering this award, the GSGA wishes to promote leadership initiatives and encourage students to develop leadership skills.

Outstanding International Graduate Student Awards: There are two awards in this category. These awards carry a monetary value of $200 and recognize students who have demonstrated the unique ability to excel in graduate school while adjusting to a different culture. The recipients of this award not only excel academically, but also demonstrate exceptional leadership capabilities.

Risk Management Awareness Award: The award with the highest monetary value is the Risk Management Awareness Award, which is a new award just introduced this academic year. The winner of this award will receive $1000, and the runner up will receive $200. This award is meant to recognize students who effectively manage the risk involved when doing their research and projects. 

For each award, the nominee is expected to write a cover letter explaining why they would be a good candidate for the award. Additionally, each nominee is required to submit two letters of recommendation and a CV. All application packets should be emailed to Abigail Richard at 

All winners of the excellence awards will be recognized at the annual GSGA charity spring ball on Saturday, April 6th, 2019. The deadline to apply for these awards is February 15. Please follow application instructions carefully.