Graduate Studies Council: Teaching and Research Awards

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The Graduate Studies Council has established two annual award programs to recognize graduate student contributions at Western Michigan University: the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards and the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards. The Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards were established in 1986 to acknowledge graduate students' contributions to the scholarly and artistic productivity of Western Michigan University. The Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards were established in 1998 to recognize effective teaching at WMU by graduate students as assistants to faculty, as independent instructors, or in other capacities that directly promote and facilitate student learning.

Nominations for both programs are sought on an annual basis by the Graduate College. Departments are contacted early in the Spring semester regarding nomination procedures and deadline. Each department or unit with a graduate program may nominate one master's degree student and, where appropriate, one specialist and/or doctoral degree student for each of the awards.

Nominations are submitted by the departments. Please see your advisor or department chair for strategies to become competitive for these awards.