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Research Excellence Awards

Image of Elizabeth Lampe, one of the Research Excellence 2022 awardees

Anne Converse Willkomm, Assistant Dean of the Graduate College (left), presenting a Research Excellence Award to PhD student in clinical psychology, Elizabeth Lampe (right), at Graduate Student Day on June 1, 2022.

Award Overview

Research Excellence Awards are presented to graduate and professional (master's and doctoral level) students who have completed original, innovative research, scholarship and/or creativity during their career at Drexel. The awards are designed to recognize widely disseminated student research with significant impact on the field or society. Eligible graduate students must be fully matriculated in a graduate program. We also encourage nominations for online students.

Up to four awards are presented to:

  • A post-candidacy doctoral student (earned 45 or more credits toward his/her degree) for $750
  • A pre-candidacy doctoral student or master’s student continuing through a doctoral program (earned less than 45 credits toward his/her degree) for $500
  • A master’s students not continuing through a doctoral program for $500
  • A graduate student for most original and creative work for $500

Nomination Process & Timeline

Full-time faculty are encouraged to nominate eligible graduate students.

The 2021-2022 awards cycle is complete.

View the 2022 award winners. View a complete list of 2022 award winners on the Graduate Student Day page.

Required Materials

  1. Completed Nomination Form (2022-2023 Link TBA)
  2. Student’s Personal Statement- Maximum of 2 pages
  3. Student's Resume/CV- Maximum of 2 pages (such as an NSF or NIH biosketch)

Evaluation Criteria

  • Originality, Creativity and Significance of Research
  • External Recognition (peer-reviewed papers published, presentations, awards, recognition by professional associations, etc.)
  • Internal Recognition (Drexel awards, standing of the student among peers, etc.)
  • Impact on the Field (through citations, H-index, etc.)

Award Rubric

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. Graduating awardees are also listed in the official Commencement program and may also be recognized during their individual College or School Commencement ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate College at

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