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Student Awards

Award winner receives a hug

Celebrate the faculty, professional staff, students, alumni, and community members who have made significant contributions to Dornsife School of Public Health.

All are encouraged to nominate individuals and self-nominate for any of the awards. Please note that individuals may be nominated for multiple awards, but can only receive one award per year.

Awards are divided into two categories: Dornsife Awards and Graduate Student Excellence Awards.

Dornsife Awards

Dornsife Awards recognize Dornsife faculty, professional staff, students, alumni, and community member contributions to the school.

Graduate Student Excellence Awards

Graduate Student Excellence Awards recognize graduate students (master’s and doctoral students) for their commitment to the University's mission. Faculty are encouraged to submit nominations for our excellent students to the Graduate College/University competition.

All nominations submitted by the deadline will be distributed to the Dornsife Selection Committee, and one finalist for each category will be selected to move forward to the University level. Anyone interested in serving on the Dornsife Selection Committee for the Graduate Student Excellence Awards should contact Jim Stimpson.

Deadline and Nomination Forms

Please visit the Graduate Student Excellence Awards website for more details on the nomination process and submission deadlines. Each Dornsife award is reviewed by a selection committee made of volunteers from the Dornsife community. For upcoming Dornsife Awards deadlines or to sign up for the selection committee, please visit the Events page.

Golden Apple

Award description

This award recognizes faculty for excellence in teaching. 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:

  • guides and inspires students, and stimulates intellectual interest and enthusiasm
  • displays a spirit of scholarly inquiry, which leads to developing and strengthening course content in light of developments in the field
  • improves methods of presenting material, including creative use of technology

Nomination

Please provide a letter of no more than 200 words in length, describing the faculty member's excellence in teaching by providing examples that highlight innovation and a commitment to pedagogical excellence.

Mentor Recognition

Award Description

This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a faculty, professional staff, student, or alumnus to the student body in the areas of mentorship, advisement, teaching, or other service to the School. A candidate who excels in mentoring is: committed to the individual growth of students empowers students to act as a facilitator of their own success provides thoughtful opportunities to connect to others and resources offers support to champion the confidence of students.

Nomination

Please provide a letter of no more than 200 words in length, describing the faculty, professional staff, student, or alumnus's contributions of mentorship by providing examples that highlight advising, teaching, or other service to DSPH.

Outstanding Promise

Award Description

This award recognizes students who have exhibited great promise for regional or national societal impact, and accordingly, for enhancing Drexel's reputation, now and in the future. This award is open to all students. A candidate who demonstrates outstanding promise has:

  • demonstrated originality, creativity, and significance of work
  • received external recognition
  • shown evidence of or potential for regional, national or societal impact and enhancing Drexel's reputation, now and in the future
  • demonstrated leadership and commitment to civic responsibility

Nomination

Please provide a letter of no more than 200 words in length, describing the graduate student's regional or national societal impact.

Public Health Practice Award for Community Preceptors

Award Description

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

Nomination

Please provide a letter of no more than 200 words in length, describing the community preceptor's commitment to the teaching and mentoring of students and partnership with DSPH.

Public Health Practice Award for Students

Award description

This award recognizes students who have demonstrated through either research or scholarship a commitment to the practice of public health and the improvement of health. 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.

Nomination

Please provide a letter of no more than 200 words in length, describing the student's commitment to the practice of public health and the improvement of health.

Staff Excellence

Award description

This award recognizes a professional staff member who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to the school through innovation or making significant contributions. A candidate who excels in service has:

  • demonstrated creativity or resourcefulness in accomplishing major assignments
  • possessed outstanding administrative or technical ability
  • exercised leadership and initiative above and beyond what is required of their role
  • exhibited qualities such as dependability, patience, collaboration, and a positive attitude toward their job and colleagues

Nomination

Please provide a letter of no more than 200 words in length, describing the professional staff member's contributions and service to DSPH.