Western Kentucky University

2012-2013 OGS Awards and John D. Minton Award

Western Kentucky Unversity recognizes graduate students for exemplary academic and community achievements through the awarding of the Awards for Excellence and Achievement in Graduate Studies (Outstanding Graduate Student) and the John D. Minton Award. The Outstanding Graduate Student of each academic college and the John D. Minton Award winner will be individually recognized at the spring 2013 Graduate Commencement Ceremony. Each winner will also be honored with an engraved medallion.

Awards for Excellence and Achievement in Graduate Studies

Now is the time for the faculty of each graduate program to select the outstanding student and submit the name and supportive information to the Graduate School. Information on the outstanding award recipients from each program will be submitted to the College Graduate Committee for selection of the overall Outstanding College winner of each college.

Faculty in individual departments and programs may establish their own criteria in selecting students for awards. The Graduate Council suggests that the following general criteria be added to the departmental/program criteria:

  • Graduate student completing all degree requirements in the fall 2012 semester, or be a candidate for the spring 2013 or summer 2013 semesters.
  • Excellence in course work, reflected in an outstanding grade point average.
  • Excellence in commitment to degree work beyond participation in course work as reflected in original research for papers, thesis, etc.
  • Creative products, projects, papers or theses; participation in professional activities having to do with the student’s commitment to the area of the degree or the teaching in the discipline; and/or papers presented or awards earned during the time of the degree program.
  • Engagement activities as evidenced by community involvement and civic engagement.
  • Potential for accomplishment in the profession.
  • Other areas of excellence as deemed appropriate.

To enable our office to make the appropriate arrangements, please submit the name of program award recipients to the Graduate School by Tuesday, March 19, 2013 (4 pm).  Only complete application packages will be forwarded to the appropriate dean’s office. A complete application includes the nomination form attached and the student’s curriculum vitae/resume. Late entries cannot be accepted.  Please send all nominations to colette.chelf@wku.edu 

John D. Minton Award

The John D. Minton Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Contributions to Western Kentucky University is an award that recognizes a graduate student for outstanding contributions to the academic discipline while pursuing a graduate degree. This award is presented to the selected student at the spring 2013 Graduate Commencement Ceremony. The winner receives a medallion engraved with his or her name and the year. The award is designed to embrace the broader dimensions of scholarship as outlined by Ernest Boyer: discovery, including basic research; integration, emphasizing interdisciplinary development; application, focusing on the solution of problems as well as connecting theory with practice; and teaching, transmitting knowledge to others. The award recognizes the graduate student’s extension and application of discipline knowledge within and beyond the University.

Dr. Minton demonstrated outstanding scholarship by serving WKU as Professor of History, first Graduate Dean, Vice President, and President. His contributions have extended well beyond the University campus.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Graduate student completing all degree requirements in the fall 2012 semester, or be a candidate for the spring 2013 or summer 2013 semesters.
  • Nomination and letter of support from University employee via email.
  • Two additional letters of support from other University and/or community individuals who are familiar with the scholarship activities of the nominee via email.
  • CV/Resume via email

All nomination materials are to be submitted via email by Friday, March 22, 2013, to colette.chelf@wku.edu.

 Last Modified 9/27/13