Excellence Awards: Categories and Criteria

GSA of the Year
Graduate Student Awards for Exemplary Service
Graduate Student Awards for Exemplary Scholarship
Graduate Student Award for Exemplary Initiative
Outstanding International Graduate Student Awards
Graduate Student Risk Management Awareness Award


Graduate Student Association of the Year

Any current graduate student or advisor may nominate a GSGA-registered graduate group for GSA of the Year.

Included in the nomination should be a narrative explaining the outstanding contributions that the group has made to the quality of graduate student life within its department/college and the larger UC community. The statement should also clearly identify how the nominated GSA’s actions reflect any/all of the nine UC2019 Operational Principals:

  • Learning
  • Discovery
  • Community
  • Economy
  • Sustainability
  • Global engagement
  • Diversity
  • Health care
  • Collaboration

The same group cannot win this award for 2 consecutive years.

 


 

Graduate Student Awards for Exemplary Service

There are four awards in this category:

  • Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities

Any current graduate student or advisor may nominate a graduate student for the Graduate Student Awards for Exemplary Service.

Included in the nomination should be a narrative explaining the outstanding contributions that the graduate student has made to improve graduate student quality of life and education within his/her department and within the University. The statement should also clearly identify how the nominated graduate student’s actions reflect the nine UC2019 Operational Principals:

  • Learning
  • Discovery
  • Community
  • Economy
  • Sustainability
  • Global engagement
  • Diversity
  • Health care
  • Collaboration

 


 

Graduate Student Awards for Exemplary Scholarship

There are four awards in this category:

  • Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities

This award is bestowed upon those students that exhibit in their respective fields of study the highest degree of scholarship as defined by the UC2019 Academic Master Plan:

 

“Through experiential education and research, we will build rigorous learning experiences that will integrate theory and practice, produce a sense of contextual complexity and community engagement, and create learning that is exceptionally self-directed, integrative and transformational."

 

 


 

Graduate Student Award for Exemplary Initiative

This award is bestowed upon the student that best exhibits the guiding principles of leadership, citizenship, and partnership:

  • Leadership: Motivating others to take actions that would not otherwise have been taken.
    Leadership is measured by the extent to which an individual or group of individuals can influence and energize the ideas, actions, and capabilities of others toward the betterment of society.
  • Citizenship: The ability to apply knowledge and skills towards responsible civic life and action. UC’s emphasis is on public engagement and ethical purpose.
  • Partnership: Working collaboratively to address complex issues and problems, both within and beyond the boundaries of UC. A university cannot solve problems by working in isolation. Rather, it must interact with others. By working in partnership, we gain an understanding and appreciation of what can be accomplished as a team that could not have been accomplished alone. We also affirm the importance of diversity, since constructive change often occurs when individuals and groups with different identities and various priorities come together.

 


 

Outstanding International Graduate Student Awards

These awards are sponsored by UC International, of $200 each. There are two awards in this category:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • All non-S.T.E.M. fields

The Outstanding International Graduate Student Award has been developed by UC International and the Graduate Student Governance Association to recognize and honor international graduate students who show promise of exceptional academic, intellectual and leadership abilities. This award uniquely symbolizes the synthesis of the spirit of Global competence along with the UC2019 core value of Global Engagement, which is defined as follows:

Scholarship: The creation and application of knowledge, with an emphasis on scholarly inquiry, research, experimentation, investigation and creative production.

Global Citizenship: The ability to apply knowledge and skills for responsible civic life and action. UC’s emphasis is on public engagement and ethical purpose.

Stewardship: The responsibility of the university to carry out its unique place in society, which is to conserve intellectual inquiry. Members of the university community are stewards of knowledge and instill in students an appreciation for the responsibilities that accompany education.

Leadership: Motivating others to take actions that would not otherwise have been taken. Leadership is measured by the extent to which an individual or groups of individuals can influence and energize the ideas, actions and capabilities of others toward the betterment of society.

Partnership: Working collaboratively to address complex issues and problems, both within and beyond the boundaries of UC. A university cannot solve problems by working in isolation. It must do so by interacting with others. By working in partnerships, we gain an understanding and appreciation of what can be accomplished together that could not have been accomplished alone. We also affirm the importance of diversity, since constructive change often occurs when individuals and groups with different identities and various priorities come together.

Global Competence: To foster a student’s ability to appreciate, investigate and understand a cultural background different from his or her own. Cultural competency promotes tolerance, understanding and respect for a variety of cultures, domestic and international, and facilitates opportunity for interaction, communication and engagement.

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a full-time, currently enrolled graduate student on a non-immigrant student visa, and in good standing at the University of Cincinnati. Graduate students finished with all required course work who are writing a thesis or dissertation, are also eligible. Special consideration is given to applicants who will graduate during this commencement. The awards sponsored by UC International carry a cash value of $200.

 

Graduate Student Risk Management Awareness Award

First established in 2018, this $1000 award is to recognize graduate students at UC whose research or project demonstrates the student has excelled in taking a more holistic approach to managing the risk inherent in their work. The award is sponsored by the UC Department of Enterprise Risk Management and is given to a graduate student whose efforts have promoted a culture of risk management awareness that can positively influence a group or community. These efforts could be part of the student’s research, or a personal effort that complements their academic work.

A risk-aware culture shares values or beliefs that tie to a common purpose of reducing or managing risk while still positively promoting opportunity and mission.

Award Criteria Rubric

Project or research should demonstrate the following attributes:

 Principle: Demonstrates key aspects of the risk management process as outlined by ERM. (25 points)

 Influence: Shapes knowledge, attitudes and behaviors influencing a particular risk, such that outcomes may inform decision-making, objectives and strategies. Particular preference given to cross college or cross-disciplinary projects. (20 points)

 Innovation: Develops or utilizes new techniques to cope with the risk or engage a community. (20 points)

 Effectiveness: Takes actions that lead to measurable progress in impacting the risk or opportunity and/or culture directly. (20 points)

 Scope: Addresses risks to individuals (e.g. addiction, bankruptcy, challenges of aging), groups (e.g. health disparities, incarceration) or populations (e.g. cybersecurity, privacy). All academic disciplines are eligible to apply. (15 points)

There will be an additional $200 award for the runner up. Complete submission per “Guidelines for GSGA Risk Management Award Submissions.”