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Division of Graduate Studies Accepting Nominations for Two Graduate Awards

Posted Feb. 18, 2013

Kent State University’s Division of Graduate Studies is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Graduate Dean’s Award (GDA) and the Graduate Dean’s Travel Award (GDTA).

The Graduate Dean’s Award seeks to enhance Kent State’s recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse backgrounds. The Graduate Dean’s Award supplements stipends offered by an applicant’s graduate program, and the total award for each recipient is $5,000. Recipients agree to a two-year commitment with the award broken up by $2,500 each year.

The Graduate Dean’s Travel Award is a new award designed to support departments in their recruitment of academically talented students from diverse backgrounds. The Graduate Dean’s Travel Award provides applicants up to $400 toward the cost of travel to Kent State for campus interviews and visits. 

Kate McAnulty, director of Graduate Student Services, says faculty members nominate students whom they feel are deserving of the awards. McAnulty says the faculty members who make nominations build a relationship with the nominee through interviews and application materials. Both awards require a form for faculty members to fill out.  Nominees may submit supporting documents for the committee to review.  

McAnulty says that Graduate Student Services decided to add the Graduate Dean’s Travel Award following last year’s feedback.

“We saw a need after speaking with them about their experiences,” says McAnulty. “We asked if they had visited Kent State and what their departments did to help with costs. After reviewing their responses, Dean of Graduate Studies Mary Ann Stephens was very committed to supporting the costs of visits.”

Nominees for both awards must be new graduates enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program and underrepresented in their discipline. Submissions are open throughout the spring semester, and the awards will be given to the recipients starting in the fall semester.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and the nomination form for the Graduate Dean’s Award, visit www.kent.edu/graduatestudies/faculty-staff/deanaward.cfm.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and the nomination form for the Graduate Dean’s Travel Award, visit www.kent.edu/graduatestudies/faculty-staff/deantravelaward.cfm.

If you have questions, contact McAnulty at kmcanult@kent.edu