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Dornsife Annual Awards

Every year Dornsife hosts an annual awards celebration which acknowledges the successes of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members during the academic year.

Annual Awards

Every spring, we invite our community to join us in recognizing students, faculty, professional staff and alumni who have made significant contributions to Dornsife School of Public Health. Faculty, professional staff and students are encouraged to nominate individuals for any of the awards. Individuals are also encouraged to self-nominate for awards. People can be nominated for multiple awards, but are only eligible to receive one award.

The 2017 year's awards were divided into two categories:

Dornsife Awards: Annual end-of-year awards recognizing Dornsife student, faculty and professional staff contributions to the school. The student awards are presented at the school's Commencement Ceremony.

Graduate College Awards: These awards recognize graduate students (master’s and doctoral students) for excellence. Only one nomination per school is permitted. Applicants for these awards are reviewed by a Dornsife Selection Committee and one finalist moves forward to the Graduate College/University competition.

Deadline and Nomination Forms

Nominations deadlines vary each year but usually occur in April. Faculty members can nominate themselves or another faculty member for the Distinguished Paper Award. Students, faculty, and professional staff may self-nominate or submit nominations for all other awards. Alumni can nominate themselves or other alumni for the Alumni Awards.

Selection Process

The Dornsife Selection Committee reviews the nominations and the Dornsife Awards Committee will select the finalist. If the Awards Committee judges that no nomination is outstanding in any category, no award will be given in that category

Awards Selection Committee

Every year we look for volunteers to assist in the awards review and selection process. These committees include faculty, professional staff and students who review the award nominations and select the finalists. All faculty, professional staff, and students are encouraged to sign up to volunteer for the awards selection committee.

Dornsife Awards

Alumni Awards

Award description

The outstanding alumni awards recognizes the contributions and achievements of alumni who have had distinguished careers in public health as outstanding representatives in the field of public health.

These awards recognize outstanding alumni in two categories. Graduates who have completed their degree at Dornsife School of Public Health within the last 5 years and distinguished alumni for accomplishments throughout their career.

Criteria for outstanding recent alumni award

  • Have completed a DSPH educational program and received an academic degree in the past five years (2011 or later)
  • Have achieved important and promising accomplishments in the past five years and have exceptional promise for future success; and
  • Have demonstrated strong interest and commitment to the mission, vision and values of DSPH.

Criteria for distinguished alumni award

  • Have completed a DSPH educational program and received an academic degree offered by the School of Public Health
  • Have made significant contributions throughout their career in any of the following categories: leadership, practice, teaching, research, community or to DSPH
  • Have attained recognition and respect for their accomplishments, and
  • Have demonstrated strong interest and commitment to the mission, vision and values of DSPH.

Nomination

Please write a brief paragraph (500 words or less) explaining why you would like to nominate this alum. Please explain at least one way this person made a contribution or has achieved an important accomplishment.

 

Community Service Awards

Award description

This award is presented to a graduating student who actively participates in service initiatives. The ideal nominee would have exhibited dedication to community or volunteer service and genuine commitment to the community during his/her time at Dornsife School of Public Health. Bachelor, master, and doctoral students are eligible to be nominated for this award.

Nomination

Please write a brief paragraph (500 words or less) explaining why you would like to nominate this student. Please explain at least one way this person made a contribution to the community and the impact or result of this contribution.

Please note: a masters or doctoral student is eligible to be nominated for both the Community Service Award and the Civic Engagement Award, but additional materials are required in order to be considered for the Civic Engagement Award

 

Delta Omega

Award description

Dornsife School of Public Health is the home to the Beta Omega Chapter of Delta Omega, the Honor Society in Public Health. Membership in the Delta Omega National Honor Society is awarded to those students who have achieved by their performance, the highest grades in their class and who reflect a commitment to excellence in the application and synthesis of public health principles as well as to the protection and improvement of population and community health. They shall be chosen with due regard to their scholarly attainments and the honorary character of the Society, and approved by a current Delta Omega faculty member. Graduating students who are eligible* will receive an email from the school informing them as such.

*The chapter is authorized to induct up to 10% of the graduating student body (masters and doctoral only). Student inductees must be in the upper 25% of their class academically. No more than 10% of graduating baccalaureate students can be elected to associate membership.

Nomination

Nominations may come from faculty, staff and students of the school. Each nomination must include a brief paragraph (no more than 750 words) providing justification for the nomination. The paragraph should include comments about academic and research achievements and contributions to practice and service. For self-nominations: please include why you decided to pursue a career in public health, your major accomplishments in research and practice, and your career aspirations.

Distinguished Paper of the Year

Award description

This award will be given to a DSPH faculty member, who published a paper or book within the preceding academic year that substantially contributes to our knowledge and understanding of an important public health issue. Faculty members can nominate themselves or another faculty member for this award.

Nomination

Please write a brief explanation (500 words or less) as to why the research paper or book is significant.  For nominated books, an additional one page synopsis of the book is required along with a pdf of a selected chapter from the book.   For the 500 word significance statement, please address the paper or book’s merit in terms of (a) creativity or originality of research topic or methods, (b) quality of the research, (c) potential for societal impact and/or (d) exceptional timeliness.

Golden Apple

Award description

Dornsife School of Public Health will award the Golden Apple to faculty for excellence in teaching. Two awards will be presented to DSPH faculty: (1) for faculty with less than 5-years of teaching experience at Drexel University and (2) for faculty with 5 or more years of teaching experience at Drexel University. All full-time tenure track, tenured, and teaching faculty are eligible. Innovation and a commitment to pedagogical excellence are the primary criteria by which the candidates will be judged.  A candidate who excels in teaching is one who guides and inspires students and stimulates their intellectual interest and enthusiasm; one who displays a spirit of scholarly inquiry which leads him/her to develop and strengthen course content in light of developments of the field, as well as to improve methods of presenting material, including creative use of technology.

Nomination

Please provide a letter of no more than two pages in length, describing the faculty member’s educational accomplishments and providing examples that highlight innovation and a commitment to pedagogical excellence. The letter should be saved as a pdf and submitted via Qualtrics.

 

Mentor Award

Award Description

This award is given by students in recognition of outstanding contributions to the student body in the areas of mentorship, advisement, teaching or other service to Dornsife. Nominees can be faculty, professional staff, teaching assistants, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, or others.

Nomination

Please write a brief paragraph (500 words or less), explaining why you would like to nominate this individual for the Mentor Recognition Award.

 

Public Health Practice Awards

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) has defined public health practice as "the strategic, organized, and interdisciplinary application of knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to perform essential public health services and other activities to improve the population’s health."

Distinct from service, public health practice is the application of public health scholarship, knowledge and skills to practice settings through collaboration with government entities, policy makers, community and advocacy organizations, non-governmental organizations, and health care delivery systems.

 

Public Health Practice Award for Community Preceptors

Award description

For DSPH community preceptors who have shown commitment to the school and the advancement of public health practice through the hosting of student practical experiences (practicum or CBMP/ILE), teaching and mentoring of students, overall partnership with to DSPH to improve the health status or our communities.

Criteria for nomination

  • Served as preceptor for a student practicum project, community based masters project or integrated learning experience
  • Demonstrated through the below a commitment to the school and the advancement of public health practice:
    • Hosting of student practical experiences (practicum or CBMP/ILE)
    • Teaching and mentoring of students
    • Overall partnership with DSPH

Nomination

Please write a brief paragraph (500 words or less), explaining why you would like to nominate this individual for this award.

 

Public Health Practice Award for Faculty

Award description

For the faculty member who has demonstrated through research/scholarship, teaching, and/or mentorship of students, commitment to the practice of public health and the improvement of health.

Criteria for nomination

  • Full time, part time, or adjunct faculty member
  • Demonstrated through any of the below a commitment to the practice of public health and the improvement of health
    • Research/scholarship
    • Community engagement
    • Teaching
    • Mentorship of students


Nomination

Please write a brief paragraph (500 words or less), explaining why you would like to nominate this individual for this award.

Public Health Practice Award for Students

Award description

For an undergraduate or graduate student or student team who has demonstrated commitment and achievement and advanced the cause of public health practice.  This can be through a project or experience completed during the academic year or summer, as part of a degree requirement or not, or from extracurricular experience outside of the classroom.

Criteria for nomination

  • Full time, Part time, or Executive student
  • Demonstrated commitment and achievement to public health practice and advanced the cause of public health practice through:
    • Practicum or Community Based Masters Project
    • Experience can be completed during academic year or summer
    • Can be part of a degree requirement or an extracurricular experience

Nomination

Please write a brief paragraph (500 words or less), explaining why you would like to nominate this individual for this award.

Please note: a masters or doctoral student can be nominated for both the Public Health Practice and the Civic Engagement Award, but additional materials are required in order to be considered for the Civic Engagement Award

 

Staff Excellence Award

Award description

The school wishes to recognize professional staff for outstanding contributions and service. Deserving individuals must show dedication and commitment to the school through innovation and by either making significant contributions over a period of time or by having made an exceptional contribution to a specific project which has had a significant, positive impact on the school or department. Any full- and part-time regular, non-faculty employees in the school, who has made an exceptional contribution to the school or their department are eligible for nomination. This includes all office, technical, research, and administrative staff. Nominations will only be accepted for individual staff. The award will be presented annually.

Criteria for nomination

Temporary employees, students, faculty, the previous year's award winner, and the Staff Excellence Award Selection Committee members are not eligible for nomination. Eligibility questions should be addressed to the Awards Committee or the Office of Student Services.
 
The nominee should be an imaginative and creative individual who possesses outstanding administrative or technical ability and exercises leadership and initiative above and beyond what is required of their role. The nomination should explain what specifically the nominee contributes to the school/department. The Committee will look for examples of excellence in the nominees’ service such as: Demonstrated mastery of their job duties; Demonstrated support for personnel internal and/or external to the school/department; Demonstrated creativity or resourcefulness in accomplishing major assignments above and beyond required tasks; Exhibits qualities such as dependability, patience, commitment and a positive attitude toward their job and co-workers; Fosters collaboration and cooperation among colleagues.

Nomination

Please be specific while preparing nomination materials by providing examples and details of what your candidate has done that highlight each of the selection criteria. Avoid general statements such as: “The nominee has a pleasant personality,” “The nominee is a seasoned professional,” or “The nominee is always helpful”.  These statements do not provide the specific information necessary for ranking nominees.