Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award

The Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award recognizes the exemplary service of a graduate coordinator. Graduate coordinators provide an invaluable service to the university and its community of students, faculty and staff, and the award is one of the few opportunities available to recognize these individuals.

One award is presented, and nominees must have served as a graduate coordinator for two years as of Sept. 1 of the current year to be eligible. Past recipients of the award are eligible for nomination if five or more years have elapsed since they received the award. All prizes will be announced in spring of 2023.


The award committee will look for the following criteria in making the award:

  • The nominee’s ability to work as an effective advocate for graduate students and graduate causes in the program
  • The nominee’s availability/accessibility to graduate students
  • The nominee’s ability to work as an effective liaison between graduate students and the graduate adviser, and between the graduate program and the Graduate School
  • The nominee’s effectiveness in helping students become aware of and follow rules and regulations governing graduate degrees
  • The nominee’s record of preventing as well as resolving problems
  • The nominee’s ability to carry out administrative functions effectively and efficiently
  • The nominee’s skill in organization and communication
  • The nominee’s record of working with other graduate coordinators and graduate advisers to promote a more efficient and effective administration of the graduate program


Nominations must be submitted using the Graduate School’s online awards system. Nominations may be initiated by academic deans, department chairs, program directors or graduate advisers.

To complete the online application, collect the following:

  • A nomination letter from the academic dean, department chair, program director or graduate adviser briefly describing why this individual is being nominated.
  • As many as five letters of support, including at least one from a current or former student. Other letters may be from faculty, staff or others familiar with the nominee’s administrative record.
  • Graduate program materials relevant to the nomination, including information describing the nominee’s role in their production or development (e.g. conceptualization, design, writing, editing, etc.) or a written statement from the nominee describing projects, initiatives and achievements relevant to the graduate program.
  • The nominee’s dates of service as a program graduate coordinator.