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Grad students sought to set new award criteria

Oct. 6, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University department chairs and program directors have the opportunity to recruit master's students to help set scoring criteria for a new cash award on campus and qualify these students for a prize up to $1,000.

Nominations due by Oct. 21

The University Assessment Steering Committee is asking for teams of master's students from a broad array of majors to develop a rubric, or scoring criteria, for a new award that supports the efforts of graduate students engaged in research-related assessment. Each master's program should nominate one student to participate in the effort, the Rubric Award Team Competition, by Wednesday. Oct. 21.

Rubric Award Team Competition

Students chosen to work on the criteria will be put on interdisciplinary teams of two to three members during a mandatory orientation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the President's Dining Room in the Bernhard Center. Dinner will be provided free of charge.

Team members will be expected to work no more than two hours per week on the award criteria for the new University Assessment Steering Committee Assessment Award. Drafts are due Friday, Dec. 4. At that time, a team of doctoral students will review the drafts and provide input in January. Final criteria proposals are due from teams Feb. 25.

Cash prizes

Winners will be announced during the annual Research Day celebration in April, and cash awards of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be given to the top three teams. Winning proposals will be used to compile criteria for the first UAA honor, which is scheduled for the 2010-11 academic year and also awards cash prizes.

For more information or to make a nomination, contact Dr. Amy Curtis, College of Health and Human Services, at amy.curtis@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8447.

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