GSA Recognition Awards

Recognition Awards

The purpose of the GSA Recognition Awards is to honor students who have gone above and beyond in the fields of teaching and service, as well as faculty members who excel in mentoring graduate students. The following awards will be distributed at each College's/School's Pre-Commencement Ceremony. Nominations for the 2020 GSA Recognition Awards will open on March 1, 2021.

Graduate Teaching Award

This award is intended for a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, either as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or as the primary instructor of a course. Students or professors who have observed the instructor in the teaching sector may make nominations. Nominators will be asked to provide a typed letter indicating how the nominee has performed above others in the classroom. To complete a nomination for the 2020 Graduate Teaching Award, complete the submission form found HERE.

Graduate Service Award

This award is intended for a graduate student who has demonstrated a high level of service to their department and/or the university community. Nominators will be asked to provide a typed letter describing the nominee's commitment to the university. To complete a nomination for the 2020 Service Award, complete the submission form found HERE.

Graduate Leadership Award

This award is intended for a graduate student who has demonstrated a high level of leadership to their department and/or the university community. Nominators will be asked to provide a typed letter describing the nominee's commitment to the university. To complete a nomination for the 2020 Leadership Award, complete the submission form found HERE.

Faculty Mentorship Award

This award is intended for a professor who has inspired students and enhanced students' graduate education. Nominators will be asked to provide a typed letter indicating the ways in which the nominee has improved students' graduate careers.

To complete a nomination for the 2021 Mentorship Award, complete the submission form found HERE.

To submit a nomination,

  • First, complete the appropriate submission form (links found below). Be sure to download each file by going to File > Download As > Microsoft Word (.docx).

  • Second, upload your nomination HERE. If you are having trouble accessing the form, log into MySLU first, click on Tools, click on Google Drive, then come back to this page and click on our link.

Previous Recognition Awards

2019 Recognition Awards

Graduate Teaching - Isaac Arten - Theological Studies - College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Student Service - Christopher Franco - Communication - College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Student Service - Emily Deeba - Earth and Atmospheric Sciences - College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Mentorship - Dr. Cara Wallace - Social Work - College for Public Health and Social Justice


2018 Recognition Awards

Graduate Teaching - Kathleen Walkowiak - History - College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Student Service - Garvaundo Hamilton - Student Personnel Administration - School of Education

Graduate Student Service - Stephanie Blagaich - Public Health - College of Public Health and Social Justice

Faculty Mentorship - Dr. Ryan McCulla - Chemistry - College of Arts and Sciences


2017 Recognition Awards

Graduate Teaching - Kathrine Bendtsen - Health Care Ethics - Center for Health Care Ethics

Graduate Student Service - Michelle Bach - Health Care Ethics - Center for Health Care Ethics

Faculty Mentorship - Dr. Scott Sell - Engineering - Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology