Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Awards

Nominations Due

Nominations for the annual Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Awards will be accepted from February 15, 2024 through March 15, 2024. 

Description of the Award

The Shaheen Awards recognize one outstanding doctoral student from each of the four divisions of the Graduate School: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, and Engineering. 

See a list of past Shaheen Award winners.

Eligibility Criteria

The Shaheen Awards recognize excellence as a doctoral student in one or more of the following 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. 

Doctoral students who graduated in August 2023 or January 2024 and those in good standing who will graduate in May 2024 are eligible for this award.

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 categories 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).

Nominations should be submitted here.