The Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Awards

Nominations Due

Nominations for Commencement 2015 awards are now closed. The 2016 awards cycle dates TBA.

 

Description of the Award

The Shaheen Awards recognize one outstanding graduate student from each of the four divisions of the Graduate School: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, and Engineering. Students selected will receive a $2,500 cash award and a commemorative plaque.

For a list of past winners, see our past winners page.

 

Eligibility Criteria

The Shaheen Awards recognize excellence as a graduate student in any one or a number of areas: grades, research and publications, fellowships or other awards, teaching, and mentoring. Postgraduate positions offered/accepted can be noted as evidence of a nominee’s talents and abilities. Only doctoral students are eligible for the Shaheen Awards.

Eligible students are those who graduated in August 2014, January 2015, and those in good standing who will graduate in May 2015.

Award winners must be able to attend the Graduate School Awards Dinner on Friday, May 15, 2015, when the awards will be presented, and the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

 

Nomination Procedure

Each department may nominate one student for the award in its division.

The nomination packet should include the following information:

  • Letter of nomination from either the Director of Graduate Studies, the Department Chair, the student’s adviser or another faculty mentor. The letter should provide context for the importance of the nominated student’s awards, publications, and research in general.
    Note: One letter is required. A second letter from one of the faculty members named above is optional.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae. Refereed and non-refereed publications should be clearly identified in curricula vitae; please do not include copies of publications.
  • The nominee’s mailing (and e-mail) address and phone number
  • OPTIONAL: Statement from nominee. No more than two pages in length; the nominee should discuss the significance of her/his research to the relevant field of study. In addition, if the nominee has taught, the statement could include a discussion of his/her pedagogical philosophy. The statement should not replicate the CV; rather, it should interpret it by contextualizing specific aspects of work in a larger intellectual framework (roughly equivalent to a faculty member’s personal statement in a renewal/promotion package).