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Drexel Common Good Award

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Award Overview

In partnership with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, the Drexel Common Good Award is presented to graduate students (master's or doctoral level) who demonstrate academic excellence and who are committed to improving the world around them by making contributions to local, national or global communities through either scholarship or civic engagement, including remotely/online.

New for 2021: COVID-19 brought with it many challenges, keeping most of us apart, learning remotely, but it also provided opportunities. In addition to recognizing students for scholarship and civic engagement, we also recognize those who have demonstrated perseverance and determination to build and foster community in these highly challenging times, including remotely/online.

Eligible graduate students must be fully matriculated in a graduate program or have graduated in the current academic year. Medical and law students may also be nominated. Self-nominations will also considered for this award, but must be supported by a faculty member, professional staff member, and/or an external supervisor.

Up to three awards will be presented for $250, one sponsored by the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement.

Nomination Process & Timeline

Faculty and professional staff members are encouraged to nominate eligible graduate students. External professionals who supervise the student in a related capacity may also nominate. Students may also self-nominate for this award, but self-nominations must be supported by a faculty member, professional staff member, and/or an external supervisor.

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Academic Year are due by 12 p.m. EDT Friday, April 30, 2021. Award winners will be notified and announced on or around May 12, 2021.

Required Materials

  1. Completed Nomination Form via Qualtrics
  2. Self-nominations will require a letter of recommendation or statement from a faculty member, professional staff member, or external supervisor.
  3. Resume/CV- Maximum of 2 pages (such as an NSF or NIH biosketch)

Evaluation Criteria

  • Originality, Creativity and Significance of Scholarship, Civic Engagement, and/or Community Building
  • External Recognition and/or Evidence of Enhancing Drexel’s Reputation
  • Internal Recognition and/or University Partnership
  • Impact on the Field and/or Community (Drexel, Local, Regional, National or Societal)

Award Selection & Distribution

The Graduate College appoints a diverse group of faculty and professional staff representing Drexel's Colleges and Schools to review nominations and select University-level awardees based on the evaluation criteria. Awards are usually distributed each year at a Graduate Student Day awards ceremony and reception; however, due to COVID-19, we will honor awardees by sending a University-wide announcement and distributing digital award certificates. Graduating awardees are also listed in the official Commencement booklet and may also be recognized during their College/School Commencement ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate College at gradawards@drexel.edu.

Visit the Graduate College website for more information about the Graduate Student Excellence Awards.