Outstanding Master's Awards

Four awards are available to be presented to master’s degree students at Drexel who demonstrate the highest standards of scholarship, leadership ability and strong commitment to civic responsibility among their peers.

The awards are designed for those who are receiving their master’s degrees and leaving Drexel. Students who are PhD and doctoral students collecting a master’s along the way are not eligible.

A prize of $500 and a certificate of recognition will be awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies to one master’s student in each of the following categories:

Arts and Humanities (for students in Media Arts and Design, Humanities).
Social Sciences (for students in Business, Education, Information Science, Psychology).
Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (for students in Mathematics, all Engineering programs).
Physical and Life Sciences (for students in Bioscience, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Biomedical Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, Public Health)

The department groupings given are not exhaustive (for reasons of brevity) and should not be considered to be set in stone. For example, a Biomedical Engineering student or one in Information Science who has written a praiseworthy thesis as part of the requirements of the degree may be nominated in the Mathematical Sciences and Engineering category if the student’s thesis topic is thought to fall in this area. If you have questions regarding the appropriate group placement, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Nomination Procedures

Only one nomination per award offered is allowed per department (or college with no departments) – unless the program is graduating an unusually high number of students in which case two nominations will be allowed- and must be submitted by the department head/chair (or dean, for colleges with no departments) to the Office of Graduate Studies. Nomination materials in a single pdf file should be e-mailed to limtk@drexel.edu by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 and should include:

  • Two letters of recommendation (with one from the applicant’s department head or graduate advisor);
  • An expanded abstract of the applicant’s thesis or portfolio (between 5 and 10 pages), if applicable;
  • A curriculum vita that lists educational and research training, publications *(if any), awards received (if any) and other pertinent information;
  • A 2-3 page statement in the nominee’s own words indicating how he or she meets the award criteria
  • Evidence of extracurricular activities and service to the University and the community, if any;
  • A filed application for degree.

Application packages that are not complete or are late will not be considered.

*In the graduate student’s CV, in the section highlighting papers published, presentations made and conferences attended, the details of the papers/posters should conform to the, wherever appropriate:
For meeting/conference contributions:

  • Meeting Type (National/International/Regional)
  • Format of presentation (Poster, Oral); allowed time if oral
  • Published in Proceedings?
  • Invited or accepted
  • Author order (first, last, .. ) and workload (100%, 50%, .. )

For published work:

  • Peer-reviewed paper/book chapter (by invitation or submission)
  • Acceptance rate
  • Impact factor of journal or audience of circulation (International, National, Regional)
  • Number of citations
  • Author order (first, last, .. ) and workload (100%, 50%, .. )

Award Selection Procedures

  1. The Office of Graduate Studies has appointed an awards committee that will review nominations and submit names of prize winners to the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.
  2. If the award committee judges that no nomination is outstanding in any category, no award will be given in that category.
  3. Winners will be informed ahead of time and will receive their awards at Commencement.