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Student Research Excellence Award

Each year, the School of Public Health selects one graduating senior, masters level and 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 of the current calendar year 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 should review the application procedures and application as listed below:

Important Dates

Jan. 31 2021: Notice of intent to complete due to Office of Research and department head.

February 2021: Student nominees complete the nominee application form and verify commencement eligibility.

Monday, March 1, 2021: 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 15, 2021: Departmental winning applications are sent by department chair to the SPH Office of Research.

Friday, March 19, 2021: 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 2021: pre-Commencement Award Ceremony.

Application Procedures and Application