Ohio University

Graduate Student Award and Fellowship Opportunities

In addition to awards administered by individual colleges or programs, Ohio University offers several awards and fellowship opportunities to outstanding graduate students across the institution. The following opportunities are available for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.


The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS)/ProQuest
Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards

Overview:

The Ohio University Graduate College is soliciting nominations for the MAGS 2021 Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards. The Ohio University Graduate Council will select one nominee for each of the following two disciplines:

  • Social Sciences AND
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering

Members of the Ohio University Graduate Council will review all nominations and select a worthy nominee for each of the above-mentioned disciplines. These nominees will be forwarded on to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools for consideration.

According to the MAGS 2021 Distinguished Thesis Awards Guidelines, each recipient of a MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award will receive a $750 honorarium. Also, up to $500 will be available to each recipient for travel expenses to attend the MAGS 77th Annual Meeting.

Deadline:

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 5 P.M.

For consideration, nomination materials (the nomination form, the abstract of the nominated thesis, and the thesis) must be submitted electronically by the department/school via the nominating survey (coming soon) by Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 5 P.M. 
Please note, members of Graduate Council will select the nominees representing OHIO University.The OHIO University nominee's/s' materials will be submitted to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools by the Ohio University Graduate College on behalf of the Graduate Council.

Guidelines: 

An Ohio University graduate student must meet the following guidelines:

  • An Ohio University graduate student nominee must be recommended by a graduate chairperson or department/school chairperson AND
  • A nominee must meet the following MAGS 2021 guidelines:
    • To be considered, a thesis must contain original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. It must be in a format that conforms to accepted disciplinary standards, and it must have been accepted as final by the degree-granting institution. Theses submitted electronically will normally be in PDF format; hyperlinks to additional materials may be included but must be verified prior to submission.
    • Nominations will be accepted in the disciplines of Social Sciences and Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering in which the institution offers a master’s degree. Original works accepted by an institution “in lieu of thesis” (such as musical compositions, published books, works of art, computer software, etc.) may not be nominated.
    • The effective date of degree award, or the completion of master’s degree requirements, must fall in the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020, inclusive, for each nominee selected. Such degree award or completion is to be confirmed by the institution's graduate dean or other administrative officer responsible for master’s degree programs. Since the intent of the competition is to recognize scholarship by students who are pursuing their first graduate research degree, individuals who received a Ph.D. (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis are not eligible. However, recipients of a first professional degree awarded prior to the writing of the thesis may be nominated.

Nomination Link

Ohio University department/school may submit only one nominee.

Questions:

Please contact Becky Bushey-Miller at millerb3@ohio.edu with any questions.


The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Awards

Overview:

The Ohio University Graduate College is soliciting nominations for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 2021 Excellence in Teaching Awards competition.

The MAGS awards recognize the importance of excellence in teaching and mentoring as a component of graduate education and the preparation of graduate students for future service as college and university faculty. One award will be given to a doctoral student and one award to a master's student. Each recipient of a MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award includes a citation and a $750 honorarium that will be presented at the MAGS 77th Annual Meeting, March 24-26 2021 in Chicago, IL. More details are available on the MAGS website.

The Ohio University Graduate Council will select up to one doctoral student nominee and one master's student nominee. These nominees will be forwarded on to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools for consideration.

Deadline:

Thursday, January 21, 2021, by 5 P.M.

For consideration, nomination materials (the nomination form, letters of nomination and support, curriculum vitae, and teaching portfolio) must be submitted as a single PDF document with an embedded link to the teaching video. All materials must be submitted electronically by the department/school to the following email address (millerb3@ohio.edu) by Thursday, January 21, 2021, by 5 P.M. In the email, please use the following subject heading for all nominations:

  • Nominee's family name, institution name/initials, and graduate-level (M = Master's; D = Doctoral)
  • For example, Miller Ohio University D or Miller OU D

Ohio University Graduate Council will review the submitted nominations and forward the selected nominees to MAGS by the published deadline (before 11:59 P.M. CST, Friday, January 29, 2021)

Guidelines: 

An Ohio University graduate student must meet the following guidelines:

  • An Ohio University graduate student nominee must be recommended by a graduate chairperson or department/school chairperson AND
  • A nominee must meet the MAGS 2021 Excellence in Teaching guidelines available by clicking here.

Please note: Each Ohio University department/school may submit only one nominee for each award.

Submission Materials:

A single PDF must be submitted with the following items:

  • The nomination form,
  • Letters of nomination and support,
    • Letter of support from the dean of the Graduate School/College
    • Letter of support from the nominating department head/chair
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV), and
  • Teaching portfolio (limited to 6 double-spaced pages using 12-point font), including:
    • Statement of Teaching Philosophy,
    • Evidence of instructional design, innovation, delivery, course management, and student learning,
    • Video of "Teaching in Action" (for more information, click here),
    • Student Evaluation of Teaching,
    • Evidence of Effective Student/Colleague Mentoring, and
    • Evidence of Teaching/Learning Scholarship.

For more information about the Evaluation Criteria, click here.

Nomination Form:

The MAGS nomination form is available by downloading this PDF.

Questions:

Please contact Becky Bushey-Miller at millerb3@ohio.edu with any questions.


 Ohio University Graduate College
Named Fellowships

Overview:

The Ohio University Graduate College funds up to five fellowships. The fellowships are awarded through a competitive nomination process. Each award provides a fellowship of $15,000, plus a full-tuition scholarship for fall and spring semesters.

The Graduate Council Student Affairs and Fellowships Committee reviews submitted materials. The Committee reserves the option to request additional information or conduct personal interviews. Following its deliberations, the committee will make its recommendations for the recipients of the fellowships to Graduate Council.

Project Plan Examples:

Deadline:

Friday, February 5, 2021, by 5 P.M.

For consideration, all nomination materials must be uploaded as a single nomination packet in the one PDF file by 5 P.M. on Friday, February 5, 2021. The nomination packet must include:

  • The nomination form,
  • A project plan,
  • An abbreviated student CV,
  • A copy of the student's latest DARS report, and
  • Three (3) letters of support (one {1} nomination and two {2} recommendations).

The nomination packet must be submitted electronically by the department/school to the following email address: namedfellows@ohio.edu.

Please use the following naming convention for the nomination packet: First and last name of the student_Department (e.g., RufusPutnum_Mathematics.pdf).

Guidelines: 

An Ohio University graduate student nominee must meet the following guidelines:

  • Have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00,
  • Be a truly outstanding student, and
  • Be eligible for an Ohio University graduate appointment for the entire year. This would exclude those students who will exceed their term of funding eligibility limit at any time during the year of the award.

Note: The nominated student will normally have completed at least one full year of graduate study at Ohio University before the upcoming fall term.

Nomination Form:

The Named Fellowship nomination form is available by downloading this PDF (COMING SOON).

Questions:

Please contact Becky Bushey-Miller at millerb3@ohio.edu with any questions.


Presidential Graduate Student Medals

Overview:

The Ohio University Office of the President announces the following two (2) Graduate Student Medals:

  • Presidential Medal for Outstanding Research or Creative Excellence Demonstrated by a Doctoral Student and
  • Presidential Medal for Scholarly or Creative Excellence Demonstrated by a Master’s Student.

Doctoral Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a doctoral student who has demonstrated academic excellence in research or creative activity, as it relates to their field of study. This may include, but is not limited to, a project, publication, or body of work. In addition, the committee will consider additional criteria:

  • Their research’s contribution (e.g., educational, economic, physical, social, or cultural well-being) to a given community, locally or around the globe. Note, special consideration will be given to those with research or creative activity focused on Appalachia.
  • Their personal contribution to a given community, locally or around the globe, during their time as a graduate student at Ohio University. Note, special consideration will be given to personal contributions to the Appalachian region.

Master's Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a master's student who has demonstrated academic excellence in research or creative activity, as it relates to their field of study. This may include, but is not limited to, a project, publication, or body of work. In addition, the committee will consider additional criteria:

  • Their research’s contribution (e.g., educational, economic, physical, social, or cultural well-being) to a given community, locally or around the globe. Note, special consideration will be given to those with research or creative activity focused on Appalachia.
  • Their personal contribution to a given community, locally or around the globe, during their time as a graduate student at Ohio University. Note, special consideration will be given to personal contributions to the Appalachian region.

Amount of each Award:

$1000 (one-time)

Frequency:

Once annually

Deadline:

More information COMING SOON!

Eligibility:

Each nominee:

  • Must be a currently enrolled student at Ohio University at the time of application.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00.
  • Must have shown strong potential to conduct high-level, original work and make contributions to the scholarly literature in their field.

Nomination Process:

A student must be recommended to the graduate chairperson or department/school chairperson by a faculty member. The department/school will select its nominee from the list of recommended students. Each department/school may forward only one nominee for each category (doctoral and master’s).

To nominate a student, the department/school must upload the complete nomination packet as a single PDF file (containing the following five documents) no later than 5 P.M. on the day of the deadline. The following naming convention should be used for the nomination packet: First and last name of student_department_status (e.g., RufusPutnum_Mathematics_doctoral.pdf).

The file must include:

  • A scanned copy of the completed/signed nomination form.
  • A statement by the applicant highlighting their accomplishments and activities as related to the criteria of the award (max. 1,000 words).
  • An abbreviated CV (two-page limit).
  • A copy of the student’s latest DARS report.
  • Two letters of support (two-page limit per letter). One letter should be from the student's primary advisor. The letters should address the quality of the student’s work and their personal contribution to a given community.

All materials must be submitted electronically by the department/school to millerb3@ohio.edu by Friday, February 21, 2020, by 5 P.M.

Nomination Forms:

  • Doctoral Student Nomination Form
  • Master's Student Nomination Form

Timeline:

Application Opens -- January 20, 2020
Application Deadline -- February 21, 2020, 5:00 p.m

Questions:

Please contact Becky Bushey-Miller at millerb3@ohio.edu with any questions.

 


Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards

More information COMING SOON!

Overview:

More information COMING SOON.

Deadline:

More information COMING SOON!

Guidelines:

An Ohio University graduate student must meet the following guidelines:

  • An Ohio University graduate student nominee must be recommended by a graduate chairperson or department/school chairperson AND
  • A nominee must meet the 2021CGS/ProQuest guidelines. More information COMING SOON.

Please note: Each Ohio University department/school may submit only one nominee.

Nomination Form:

More information COMING SOON.

Questions:

Please contact Becky Bushey-Miller at millerb3@ohio.edu with any questions.