Doctoral Awards

The School of Information offers several opportunities for doctoral students to be recognized for their achievements while in the Ph.D. program. To be considered for an award, students must submit the online self-nomination form and provide the required supporting documentation by the nomination deadline. The available awards are:

Outstanding Doctoral Student Award – This annual award is given to a doctoral student who, throughout the entire doctoral program has:

  • Demonstrated a superior commitment to intellectual development and academic scholarship in the field of library and information studies
  • Participated as a colleague to other doctoral students and faculty, and
  • Been actively involved in the School of Information and contributed to the overall quality of the School.

This attitude and work is reflected in coursework, research, and professional activities in the School, in the university and in the profession. This honor is conferred upon the recipient in recognition of achievements, and in appreciation of outstanding efforts and for commitment to excellence in the field of library and information studies.

Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistant Award – Nominees must be full-time doctoral students who have held the designated assistantship during the calendar year 2015 (either spring, summer or fall semester or all three semesters). Up to two awards will be given.

Self-nominations for the Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistant will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Successful performance on TA tasks

  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • Satisfactory progress toward a degree
  • Mentoring other TAs or graduate or undergraduate students

Optional Documentation: letters/emails from graduate or undergraduate students for whom the applicant is/was a TA or mentor.  Consolidate all optional documentation into one document.

Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant Award – Nominees must be full-time doctoral students who have held the designated research assistantship within the School of Information and/or its affiliated research centers and institutes during the calendar year 2015 (either spring, summer or fall semester or all three semesters).

Self-nominations for the Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant Award will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Contributions to research project(s)
  • Future promise as a researcher
  • Satisfactory progress toward a degree
  • Research mentoring to other graduate and/or undergraduate students

Optional Documentation: letters/emails from graduate or undergraduate students for whom the applicant is/was a research mentor.  Consolidate all optional documentation into one document.

Outstanding Doctoral Research Award – Nominees must be full-time doctoral students during the calendar year 2015. The research project(s) the student seeks an award for must be completed in 2014 and the student must be the sole or lead researcher of the project.

Self-nominations for the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Quality and significance of the research
  • Future promise as a researcher
  • Satisfactory progress toward a degree

Optional Documentation: copies of publications and presentations resulted from the research project.  Consolidate all optional documentation into one document.

Outstanding Dissertation Award – This award may be conferred as deemed appropriate by the Doctoral Program Committee for a dissertation completed and defended between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.  The award is given to a doctoral student who has completed and defended a truly outstanding dissertation that is distinguished by its overall importance, rigorous methodology, innovative approach, significance of findings, and potential impact on the field.

Outstanding Graduate Lead Instructor Award – Nominees must be full-time doctoral students who held the designated assistantship during the calendar year 2015 (either spring, summer, or fall semester or all three semesters). Up to two awards will be given.

Self-nominations for the Outstanding Lead Graduate Instructor will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Successful performance on student evaluations
  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • Satisfactory progress toward a degree
  • Mentoring other TAs or graduate or undergraduate students

Optional Documentation: letters/emails from graduate or undergraduate students for whom the applicant is/was a lead instructor or served as a mentor.  Consolidate all optional documentation into one document.