GPSS Awards for Graduate Students & Faculty


The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) hosts multiple awards each year. Selected graduate/professional student recipients are presented certificate and a financial award at the annual GPSS spring Conference. This amount is subject to change on a yearly basis; multiple students are selected for each award/fellowship.


For FY2022-2023, there will be 5 selected winners for each category (teaching, research, and leadership) and an associated financial award of $200.
Wakonse will support approximately 10 individuals.







Directions for Submitting Nominations

The application deadline for the Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award is on Monday, December 5th, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

The application deadline for GPSS Teaching, Research, and Leadership awards is on Monday, March 6th, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

  • Submit completed applications to GPSS President,
  • Nominations must be submitted by an ISU faculty, staff, or student (this means you CAN self nominate if you choose!)
  • Applications are submitted in ONE PDF document
    • Nothing outside of the one document will be reviewed, so do not submit any additional statements 
    • ALL letters of recommendation must be in the one pdf, they may NOT be submitted separately or after the deadline
    • You will receieve an email confirmtion of 'received' - if you do not get a response, email until someone confirms your application is received. 

Decision/Grading Criteria 

  • It is up to the discretion of the Awards chair and the Awards committee as to how applications will be assessed and grading criteria each year.
  • Reponses to questions MUST fall within the word limit; reviewers will not read past the allotted word count and the score might be affected.
    • It is in the submitter's best interest to keep responses concise and clear.
  • To prevent bias, those Award committee members who either work with, have a prior opinion on, or know considerably well are recused from scoring this person's application. This means that they will not read, score, or offer comments on the application and the application will be read, scored, and commented on by someone else.
  • Please note that while you may meet eligibility requirements, competitive applications go above and beyond the eligibility criteria. For example, past winners of the Leadership Award demonstrate initiative in creating or expanding leadership roles, and are involved in their department, ISU as a whole, and the wider community. Past Research Award winners have numerous first-author publications (un-shared first authorships) completed at the time of submission, and present at a wide range of conferences. Past Teaching Award winners often are instructors of courses, have designed their own courses, or significantly add to existing courses - as well as having taught several classes over many semesters. Note that having these qualities does not necessarily guarantee winning an award; it is all how well you can describe your achievements and provide a concise, concrete application to demonstrate your skills.
  • We strongly encourage any and all candidates to take the time in their nomination form responses and highlight achievements and skills, as this area of the scoring rubric is weighted higher than the CV.
    • Do not just reiterate what is in your CV!
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to successfully convey the materials in their application. If something is unclear within the application to the Awards Committee, we will not reach back out to individuals to clarify and we will not seek additional material. 
    • All reviews are final.
  • Please see this PDF with the criteria for each of the three awards: CRITERIA
  • Award decisions are released at the Graduate & Professional Student Conference, in April, in a special ceremony. 
    • Selected applicants are notified the week prior, so that they may schedule this time and be present to receive a certificate 
    • Non-selected applicants are not notified 
    • The GPSS Treasurer handles financial disbursements