Ohio University

Presidential Graduate Student Medals

Presidential Medal for Outstanding Research or Creative Excellence Demonstrated by a Doctoral Student

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.

Award Amount
$1000 (one-time)

Frequency
Once annually

Eligibility and Nomination Process
Each applicant:

  • Must be a currently enrolled doctoral student at Ohio University at 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
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.

Timeline

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

Presidential Medal for Scholarly or Creative Excellence Demonstrated by a Master’s Student

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.

Award Amount
$1000 (one-time)

Frequency
Once annually

Eligibility and Nomination Process
Each applicant:

  • Must be a currently enrolled master's student at Ohio University at 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
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.

Timeline

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

Past Award Recipients

2019 Doctoral Student
Anthony Gilbert

2019 Master's Student
Joy Kostansek