Graduate School Annual Awards Ceremony

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2017 Graduate School Award Winners (Far left Dr. Roger Leblanc, third from left Xu Han, fourth from left Dr. Alex Wilson, fifth from left Danny Forster).

Each spring semester the Graduate School hosts an Annual Awards Ceremony to showcase the important contributions and achievements made during the academic year by our graduate students and faculty in support of graduate education and the teaching, research, and service missions of our institution.


Graduate students may be nominated by current faculty members or adminstrators.


Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant

Eligibility: Currently enrolled master’s or doctoral students with a research assistantship and research responsibilities at the University of Miami during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Description: This award recognizes a graduate student who has distinguished himself/herself in scholarly or research pursuits in a graduate program at UM. The award winner would have made a distinctive and discernible contribution to his/her field during his/her tenure or in the 2016-17 academic year.


Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

Eligibility: Currently enrolled master’s or doctoral students with a teaching assistantship at the University of Miami during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Description:  This award recognizes a graduate student for enhancing undergraduate education at UM. The award winner would have demonstrated superior effectiveness or innovation in teaching undergraduates while serving as an instructor or teaching assistant in a classroom, laboratory, studio or other setting, as well as demonstrated interest in professional development as a teacher.


Graduate Student Exemplar

Eligibility: Master’s or doctoral students graduating during the 2016-17 academic year. 

Description: This award recognizes a graduating student who excelled academically and has either overcome tremendous odds to be successful, or has consistently made contributions that benefits others. This student’s service, leadership or other distinctive efforts may have been to the campus, local, national or international community.



Faculty may be nominated by faculty members, administrators, or graduate students. 


Outstanding Graduate Program Director

Eligibility: All Graduate Program Directors (GPD) for the 2016-17 academic years are eligible for the Outstanding Graduate Program Director award.

Description: This award recognizes a GPD who has made a significant impact on graduate education, and/or in support of graduate students in his/her program during the 2016-17 academic year. The outstanding GPD may have made innovations and/or contributions to enhance curriculum, programming, recruitment, retention or placement.


Faculty Mentor of the Year

Eligibility: All faculty are eligible to be nominated for the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

Description: This award recognizes a faculty member who has shown tremendous commitment to mentoring, advising and supporting graduate student advisees during the 2016-17 academic year. A faculty member who has made distinctive efforts in mentoring and advising graduate students to 1) become professionals in their field, 2) shape the graduate work of a graduate student, or 3) provide exceptional personal support and development to a graduate student.


Call for Nominations / Nomination Forms

Click here to view and download the Call for Nominations and Nomination Forms for 2016-2017.

The nomination deadline was April 3, 2017.  We no longer are accepting nominations at this time.


Submission and Selection Procedures

Please complete and submit the nomination form and required supporting documents to Tiffany Plantan at

The Graduate School leadership will convene an ad hoc selection committee to review and select award winners. The committee will be tasked with selecting awardees whose nomination materials clearly demonstrate the exemplary contributions in each category.


2017 Graduate School Annual Awards Ceremony and List of Winners

All nominees were invited to attend the ceremony on Thursday, April 13, in the Tower Room of the Alumni Center where award winners were announced. Click here to view the event program and list of nominees. 

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant: Xu Han, Chemistry

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: Danny Forster, Psychology

Graduate Student Exemplar: Lis Marie-Alvarado, Community and Social Change

Outstanding Graduate Program Director: Dr. Alex Wilson, Biology

Faculty Mentor of the Year: Dr. Roger Leblanc, Chemistry