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University Awards

Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level

2014 Graduate Scholarship Award

2014 Award for Outstanding Graduate Scholarship recipient Kia M. Q. Hall (SIS '14).

(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 2015 or May 2016 commencement ceremonies.


  1. Students, faculty, and staff of the AU community may nominate students for the Outstanding Scholarship award.
  2. Nominations must be submitted to the nominee’s school/college dean by Friday, March 18, 2016, at 5 p.m. via the AU portal nomination form. Supporting materials (letters, resumes, examples of student work) should be attached to the portal nomination form in PDF format and as one document.
  3. Before completing the nomination, please review the criteria and submission process. 
  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 by March 28, 2016.

To nominate a student, fill out the nomination form through the AU portal beginning February 19, 2016. Your nomination forms can be saved and edited until the nomination deadline.