The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students who are excelling in research and scholarly accomplishments. These may include laboratory research and analysis, journal article publication, paper/poster/abstract presentations at conferences, and grant funding.


Full-time graduate students advised by faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, with research and scholarly accomplishments.


$1,000 deposited into bursars account.

Selection Process

An award committee will be appointed by the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education to select the recipient.


  1. Complete the Paul Hand Award for Graduate Student Research Achievement Nomination Form.
  2. Faculty advisors/supervisors must provide a one page nomination letter detailing the student's engagement in research and scholarly accomplishments.
  3. The nomination should include no more than two additional letters supporting the nomination. Support letters could be from faculty members or research scholars.
  4. Individuals nominating a graduate student should send a unified pdf, containing all required components (1 - 3 above), to the Office of Research and Graduate Education (, by 5:00PM Thursday, January 31, 2019. Submissions that are received by the deadline will be given first consideration; late submissions will be maintained, but will be considered only if needed.

Office for Research and Graduate Education


217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802