The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students who exhibit academic excellence and contribute to the diversity of the student body. Applications are due November 1.


Full-time graduate students, advised by faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, exhibiting academic excellence whose gender, race, ethnic, cultural and/or national background contributes to the diversity of the student body and have demonstrated leadership and/or contribution to activities that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible excluding recruitment awards.


Multiple $2,000 awards deposited into student's bursar account.

Selection Process

An award committee will be appointed by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Education to select the recipient.


  1. Complete the nomination and upload nominee CV via InfoReady by Wednesday, November 1, 2024. Submissions that are received by the deadline will be considered; late submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Nominating faculty must complete the Statement of Support in the nomination submission that highlights the nominee’s exhibiting academic excellence and contribution to the diversity of the student body. Consider impact, effectiveness, innovation, and/or significance of contribution. Please be sure to relate your comments to the award criteria and highlight specific examples.
  3. The nomination may include the optional Additional Support field in the nomination submission should describe any other reason(s) why this student is deserving of this recognition not noted above.
  4. Faculty Advisor Certification must be completed, regardless of the nominator, by Monday, November 6, 2024, for nomination to be considered by the award committee.