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Graduate Student Leadership and Service Award

Rationale for the award

Graduate students are presently afforded multiple opportunities to be recognized for outstanding academics or scholarship. In contrast, there are few opportunities for them to be recognized for their leadership in service. The College of Education Graduate Student Leadership and Service Award is intended to recognize students who exhibit leadership through service as a means of improving the quality of graduate student life in the College of Education and making the graduate experience better for all. The intentional focus on service leadership acknowledges that student representation and contributions to university, college and program initiatives provide benefits for the student body as a whole. In addition, service through informal mentoring of peers creates a cohesive and collaborative climate in which graduate students can feel connected and supported. 

Nomination criteria 

The recipient shall be a graduate student in good standing in one of the five programs in the College of Education who exhibits exemplary leadership and service.  Such leadership and service may be within or across college programs (such as student representative to program meetings and informal mentoring of graduate students in the college) and can also be to the college as a whole (such as diversity initiatives), to the profession (such as serving as a university professional organizational representative) or to the university as a whole (such as service on the Graduate Student Council).  Students demonstrating outstanding scholarship may also be nominated, but such students must demonstrate exemplary leadership or service in addition to their scholarship. The award covers the calendar year PRIOR TO its being awarded (in this case, 2017).  Thus, any deserving student, including those recently graduated, who provided exemplary leadership and service in the previous calendar year is eligible to be nominated. Downloadable nomination application.

Nomination process 

The deadline for nominations is 5:00 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Each of the five programs in the college will be asked each year to nominate deserving students. In a typical year, each program will nominate at least one student. While programs are most likely to nominate students working in their own programs, they may also nominate students in other programs in the college. In addition, a call for nominations will be sent out to all COE faculty, students and staff, soliciting their nominations as well. Nominations of students from all graduate degree levels (master's, educational specialist, and doctoral) will be considered. Nominations may be submitted by graduate students, faculty and staff.  Self-nominations will not be considered. Nominations may be submitted only by attaching the completed PDF nomination form to an email to the associate dean (Tom Hammond: hammond@lehigh.edu). 

Selection process 

The COE selection committee consists of five members: two faculty members, two graduate students, and one representative from the dean's office.  Student representatives may not be nominees, although they may be previous winners. The dean appoints the members of the committee.  The two faculty representatives this year will be appointed shortly.  The Associate Dean will chair the committee. By convention, when a previous winner who is not a current nominee is available, he/she is asked to serve as one of the student representatives.  The dean will shortly ask the previous winner(s) if they would be willing to serve and will appoint an additional student representative, if needed. In most years the selection committee selects a single winner, although co-winners may be selected where warranted. The selection committee will meet once during the last week of February or first week of March. 

Award process 

The winner, or co-winners, will receive $250 in professional development funds.  In addition, the names of each year's winner(s) are engraved on a publicly posted institutional plaque listing previous winners.  The award will be given at the Student Life Award Celebration in April and the winner will be acknowledged during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

Separate award: University Grad Student Life Leadership Award 

A student nominated for the COE Graduate Student Leadership and Service Award is also eligible to be nominated for the university Graduate Student Life Leadership Award. The two awards are not mutually exclusive, but the winner of the College award will automatically be nominated for the university award. To nominate someone directly for the university Graduate Student Life Leadership Award, please go to:  https://gradlife.web.lehigh.edu/programs/awards. Please check this webpage for deadlines.