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

The application period for 2021 has not yet been announced.

 

Nomination form

Please visit the Graduate College website for the nomination form and additional information.

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

The application period for 2021 has not been announced yet

 

Nomination form

Please visit the Graduate College website for the nomination form and additional information.

Past Award Recipients

2020 Doctoral Student
Elizabeth Jensen

2020 Master's Student
Paige Greeley

 

2019 Doctoral Student
Anthony Gilbert

2019 Master's Student
Joy Kostansek