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University Awards

Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level

Chelsea Horne and Tofigh Maboudi are honored for their academic achievements.

(Two recipients named)

CRITERIA: This is a highly competitive award given to a master's or MFA student and a PhD student to recognize exceptional academic accomplishments and scholarly contributions to their fields. Such success should be evidenced by the nominee's academic record and by outstanding scholarly contributions in such forms as publications, distinguished research, creative work, or conference participation. Nominated students must be eligible to participate in the December 2016 or May 2017 commencement ceremonies.

Nomination Process

Nominations Open: Jan. 23, 2017

Deadline: March 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Nomination Instructions:

  1. Students, faculty, and staff of the AU community may nominate students for the Outstanding Scholarship award.
  2. Nominations must be submitted by March 24, 2017, at 5 p.m. via the online nomination form.
  3. Before completing the nomination, please review the criteria and submission process. On the nomination form, we ask for basic student information (Student ID, School/College, Major, Approximate GPA, and Graduation Date), a list of key achievements, a nomination narrative from the nominator, and supporting documents (current resume and up to three letters of recommendation, which may be collected and submitted by the nominator or uploaded by the nominee). Other supporting materials may include examples of student work on and off campus that show how the student meets the criteria of the award. Submit documents in PDF format.
  4. Each nomination letter must reflect the criteria identified in the award. We discourage letters that intend to capture nominations for more than one award.
  5. From this initial pool of nominations, the deans of CAS, Kogod, SIS, SOC, SPA, and WCL will select and forward two nominees to the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.

Contact: Denise Wilkerson, Office of the Provost, (202) 885-2128,