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Honors and Awards

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Our graduate students and graduate alumni excel in all areas of teaching, research and service, supported by outstanding faculty mentors, within the academy, and in all areas of society and industry. The Graduate School acknowledges the breadth of these accomplishments and contributions with a number of awards and recognitions. Graduate honor society memberships are also available to graduate students who have distinguished themselves in academic and leadership roles. 

View a slide show of 2022 winners
View a sortable list of past winners since 2001

Graduate Student Awards

Honors that recognize graduate student achievement in research, scholarship, and service.

Outstanding Mentor Award

The Graduate School honors faculty members who mentor graduate students for their role in supporting, encouraging, and promoting a positive and inclusive scholarly and teaching environment, and for contributing to professional and personal development of graduate students within or outside their research or degree programs.

Faculty Mentor of the Month

With this program we recognize and highlight the important role faculty members play in supporting, encouraging, and promoting an affirmative, inclusive scholarly and teaching environment. 

Award for Alumni

Graduate Alumni Achievement Award that recognizes exemplary achievement and contributions to profession, discipline, community or society.

Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society commemorates the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university (Physics, Yale University, 1876). Virginia Tech chartered a chapter in 2014, which will be inducted at the April 2015 ceremony at Yale University. We join a group of elite doctoral-granting institutions, including founding institutions Yale and Howard University. We were granted a charter because of our outstanding track record of training scholars traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

Alpha Epsilon Lambda

Chartered March 2005, Alpha Epsilon Lambda is Virginia Tech's first honor society devoted exclusively to graduate students. The society recognizes academic excellence and leadership by graduate and professional school students, while striving to enrich the intellectual environment of their education institutions.

Iota Delta Rho

Chartered in 2011, IDR is the world's first interdisciplinary research honor society. It promotes and recognizes interdisciplinary research at VT and facilitates communication among researchers.

View the 2019-2020 graduate student and faculty award winner video!