The Deans' Awards for Academic Achievement

Nomination Deadline

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Please send all nominations to Nominations can be in the form of a PDF, word document, or in the body of the email. More details can be found on the email solicitation sent out by each dean of the three schools (H&S, Earth Sciences, and Engineering). For any questions regarding the Deans' Award, please email

About the Dean's Award

The Deans' Award for Academic Achievement, inaugurated in Spring 1988, is given each year to between five and ten extraordinary undergraduate students. These students deserve campus recognition for academic endeavors that might not otherwise be celebrated.

The Deans' Award honors students for exceptional, tangible accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Independent research
  • National academic competitions
  • A presentation or publication for a regional or national audience
  • Superior performance in the creative arts

Students selected for the awards have more than a high grade point average or success in coursework. Outstanding transcripts are usually recognized by honorary societies (Phi Beta Kappa, for example, or Tau Beta Pi). Also excellent honors theses are rewarded with prizes, such as the Firestone or Golden Medals.

Faculty nominate students for the Deans' Award. The award recipients are honored at a ceremony and receive a gift card.

Past Awardees