Phoenix Awards


Nominations for Phoenix Award sought: The Graduate and Professional Student Government Association (GPSGA) is seeking nominations of outstanding master's students, doctoral students, and faculty members to receive its highest honor, The Phoenix Award. The Phoenix Award is given annually to one master's student and one doctoral student who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in leadership and scholarship, community  and university service, and professional involvement; especially as service and involvement relate to the OSU graduate student body.  A Phoenix Award is also given annually to one faculty member in recognition of excellence in mentorship of graduate students. The student award winners each receive a $350 monetary award from the GPSGA and the Graduate College, and all winners will receive formal recognition during an awards ceremony and have their names engraved on the Phoenix Awards plaque located outside the Graduate College offices in Whitehurst Hall.

Eligibility: Master's and doctoral student applicants must be enrolled as a graduate student in the current academic year, require no more than 6 credit hours for degree completion after the spring semester, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Faculty nominees must be employed by OSU and members of the Graduate Faculty.

Nomination Procedures: 

Nominations of master's and doctoral students may be initiated by any faculty member, administrator, or graduate student (including self nominations) and should include the following items:

  1. Curriculum vitae/resume including name, major, campus address, e-mail address, home phone number, major advisor, and list of leadership activities, scholastic achievements, professional involvement, and teaching and/or research accomplishments.
  2. OSU transcript showing overall GPA. This can be either an official transcript from the registrar’s office or an unofficial transcript from SIS website.
  3. Three letters of nomination/recommendation. Each of these must be provided in a sealed envelope signed across the seal by the person providing the letter. At least one letter of recommendation/nomination must be from a graduate student.
  4. Doctoral student nominees must narrate separately, in 1 page or less, their professional philosophies (e.g., teaching, leadership, research, etc.), major accomplishments in the field of study and in service activities, and future goals.

Nominations of faculty members may be initiated by graduate student and should include the following items:

  1. One copy  of curriculum vitae, particularly highlighting activities related to graduate students.
  2. A statement from the nominee describing his/her outstanding contributions in the following categories: graduate student advising and counseling, developing innovative curriculum and teaching methods in graduate studies, peer reviewed scholarly contributions, OSU campus services, local/regional/national activities, collaborative efforts, and relevant grants/contracts/publications/patents (no more than 2 pages in length).
  3. Three letters of nomination/recommendation. The nomination letters/recommendation must illustrate the nominee’s major accomplishments including the evidence of impact on his/her relevant area of work. These must be provided in a sealed envelope signed across the seal by the person providing the letter. At least two letters of recommendation/nomination must be from graduate students.

Award Deadlines and Timeline: Nomination packages including all materials are April 8th, 2018 by 5:00PM and should be mailed via campus mail to:

Graduate and Professional Student Government Association

ATTN: Awards Committee 

211N Student Union

Finalists will be notified within a week after the due date of application submission and interviews as the finalists will occur the following week. The winners in each category will be announced during Graduate Student Appreciation Week and presented with a certificate.

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