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Rising Star Award

This award recognizes three College of Education students (one each at the doctoral/specialist, master’s and undergraduate levels) who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and/or professional leadership. The recipients shall have demonstrated a quality of performance that indicates that they will continue to develop into distinguished members of their profession.

Full-time or part-time students who have been accepted into the degree program and who are enrolled in a College of Education degree program for the current academic year. Students must be in good academic standing at the time of nomination.

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrates exemplary academic abilities.
  2. Produces high-quality professional materials (written assignments, course projects, dissemination of information, etc.)
  3. Assumes an active collegial role in course related activities or professional associations at the local and/or national level.
  4. Each nomination and supporting letter must be at least 200 words, with a maximum of 500.

Selection process
Three awards will be given annually, one to a doctoral/specialist level student; one to a masters level student; and one to an undergraduate level student.

Nominations are reviewed and selected by the College of Education Awards and Recognition Committee. Award recipients will be notified by early-April. Awards will be presented at the College of Education Awards and Recognition Celebration.
Nomination process
Nominations may originate from the Dean or other College administrators, department chairs, program directors, department committees, individual faculty, staff or students. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations and letters of support should clearly identify and document how the nominee meets each of the criteria listed above. A minimum of one supporting letter must come from a faculty member.

Submit by the deadline

Questions? Contact Amy Burns
College of Education and Human Development Awards and Recognition Committee
Office of the Dean, 2301 Sangren Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5322
Phone: (269) 387-2966, Fax: (269) 387-2882