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Dean's Award for Excellence & Innovation in Graduate Education

The Dean's Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education recognizes measurable outcomes and innovation in graduate education, from admissions through degree completion, by a graduate program. Applications may relate to any facet of the graduate education process, including outreach, recruitment through selection and admission, retention, and degree attainment, including the following:

  • increasing the diversity of applicants to the graduate program.
  • using technology to communicate with and attract prospective applicants in new and effective ways.
  • increasing the number of international students enrolled in the graduate program.
  • demonstrating success in enhancing the quality of the entering class.
  • improving retention of students in the graduate program.
  • programmatic efforts to improve degree completion.

One award, in the amount of $1,000, will be presented to the selected Graduate Program to be used for recruiting or student programming purposes.

Submit a Nomination

The Google Form link above includes entry fields/document upload sections for the following:

  • A letter of nomination from a Dean, Department Chair or Graduate Program Director.
  • A document (up to 1,500 words) that describes the pertinent graduate education innovation and explains why it is significant. The document should also provide a description of the measures of success and provide data relevant to those metrics.
  • Letters of support (at least ONE) by a collaborating department, Center, external institution/organization, student, alumni, faculty or staff.


Past Recipients

2016: Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program

2014: Geosciences: Career Path for African-American Students from HBCU's to National Laboratories

2013: Molecular and Cellular Biology