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Outstanding Graduate Student Awards: Master's and Doctoral, by College

Award Criteria

Each college must set its own submission guidelines and inform departments of its timeline for nominations, college review and selection of the top master’s and doctoral students. Graduate School guidelines for outstanding performance by a master's or doctoral student: Demonstrated excellence in one or more of the tripartite missions of Virginia Tech (teaching, research, and outreach).  Clear documentation of the exceptional achievement(s) should be provided.
Graduate students must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at the time of their nomination. Colleges must submit the names of their winners and description of their accomplishments to the Graduate School by February 12, 2021.

Award winners will receive a certificate and $500 at the GEW awards banquet.

Notification Requirements

Outstanding Master's Student Form

Outstanding Doctoral Student Form

  • Submit completed notification form with signature of college dean or designee confirming selection of one outstanding master’s student and one outstanding doctoral student, per college
  • Provide description of the specific criteria used by the college to select the top master’s student and top doctoral student, per college in the survey (see below)
  • Provide summary describing the student’s achievements in the survey (see below)

Submit notification, description of college criteria, and winning students' achievements through the following survey:

The signed form must be uploaded as a PDF as part of the survey.

Deadline:  February 12, 2021


Additional Information

For more information, contact 540-231-4558 or email (type GEW Awards in the subject line.)