Student Research Award

Each year, the School of Public Health selects one masters level and one doctoral level student to receive the Award for Research Excellence. These awards recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the design, conduct, execution, and impact of research stemming from thesis, dissertation, or a portfolio of research projects in which they have been involved during their research experience at the school. The winning students, nominated by each department and selected by the Research Committee, are recognized in May.


All students who are eligible to participate in the graduation ceremonies are eligible to compete for the award. Student eligible for graduation include those who have completed their core courses, are completing concentration courses the semester they participate in commencement, and have completed the MHA capstone course, the MPH comprehensive exams, the MSPH thesis, or the doctoral dissertation. Students that graduate later than spring semester will be eligible for consideration at the following spring graduation ceremony.

Students should review the application procedures and application as listed below:

Important Dates

January 31: Notice of intent to complete due to Office of Research and department head.

February 2020: Student nominees complete the nominee application form and verify commencement eligibility.

February 28, 2020: Completed applications are submitted to respective department heads for vote by the department; each department may nominate up to two masters and two doctoral students.

Monday March 17th, 2020: Departmental winning applications are sent by department chair to the SPH Office of Research.

Friday March 21, 2020: The SPH Research Committee reviews the departmental winning applications and selects one masters and one doctoral level winner for recognition during the May awards ceremony.

May: pre-Commencement Award Ceremony.

Application Information

Student Research Award Procedure
Student Research Award Application