This award recognizes three College of Education and Human Development students (one each at the doctoral or specialist, master’s and undergraduate levels) who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and/or professional leadership within Western Michigan University. The recipients shall have demonstrated a quality of performance that indicates that they will continue to develop into distinguished members of their profession.
One completed nomination form and one support form are required. Additional support forms are optional and will be accepted if submitted. If nomination and support forms are not fully complete, submissions will not be reviewed by Awards and Recognition Committee.
Full-time or part-time students who have been accepted into the degree program and who are enrolled in a College of Education and Human Development degree program for the current academic year. Students must be in good academic standing at the time of nomination.
- Demonstrates exemplary academic abilities.
- Produces high-quality professional materials (written assignments, course projects, dissemination of information, etc.).
- Assumes an active collegial role in course-related activities or professional associations at the local and/or national level.
- Each nomination and supporting letter must be at least 350 words, with a maximum of 500.
Three awards will be given annually, one to a doctoral or 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 and Human Development Awards and Recognition Committee. Award recipients will be notified by early April. Awards will be presented at the College of Education and Human Development Awards and Recognition Celebration.
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.
2021 award recipients
- Doctoral: Rena VanDerwall
- Masters: Pam Sward
- Undergraduate: Clare Bunton
2020 AWARD RECIPIENT (DOCTORAL)
- Alycia Sterenberg
2020 AWARD RECIPIENT (MASTERS)
- Amira Eldemerdash
2020 AWARD RECIPIENT (UNDERGRADUATE)
- William Wright
2019 AWARD RECIPIENT (DOCTORAL)
- Lisa Garcia
2019 AWARD RECIPIENT (MASTERS)
- Deniz Toker
2019 AWARD RECIPIENT (UNDERGRADUATE)
- Alex Bohr
2018 Award Recipient (Doctoral)
- Dustin Anderson
2018 Award Recipient (Masters)
- Ayumi Shinoa
2018 Award Recipient (Undergraduate)
- Samantha Howard
2017 Award Recipient (Doctoral)
- Xingyuan Gao
2017 Award Recipient (Masters)
- Gerica Lee
2017 Award Recipient (Undergraduate)
- Katherine Williamson
2016 AWARD RECIPIENT (Doctoral)
- Kourtney Bakalyar
2016 AWARD RECIPIENT (Masters)
- Fareed Shalhout
2015 AWARD RECIPIENT (Doctoral)
- Ms. Baochun Zhou
2015 AWARD RECIPIENT (Masters)
- Ms. Jennifer Armstrong