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Psychology & Human Development

Outstanding Student Awards

This year, the MSU Denver Department of Psychology is sponsoring Outstanding Scholar awards, Outstanding Researcher awards, and a Promising Teacher award jointly for Psychology and Human Development majors instead of separately for each major.

Additionally, students will be chosen for eligibility to apply based on a nomination process. If you would like to nominate a student for one or more of the awards, please do so below. Self nominations are allowed.

Nominations for these awards are due by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Once the nomination process is complete, students will have roughly one month to complete applications.

Nominate Students

Please nominate any students you believe would be good candidates for student awards at the link below. You may nominate more than one student, and each student can be nominated for multiple awards. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Chad Mortensen at cmorten2@msudenver.edu. The following awards are being offered this year.


Award Descriptions

Outstanding Scholar (Please note that the juniors will be judged against other juniors, whereas seniors will be judged against other seniors.)

Definition: This award recognizes the student who has shown outstanding academic achievement in the Psychology or Human Development major, as well as in his/her other coursework

Eligibility:

  • G.P.A. in MSU Denver Psychology and Human Development courses must be at least 3.75
  • Overall G.P.A. at MSU Denver must be at least 3.5
  • Must have completed two semesters at MSU Denver
  • Must have completed 12 credit hours in Psychology and/or Human Development at MSU Denver by the application deadline
  • Application must be sponsored by an MSU Denver Psychology or Human Development instructor (full or part-time)

Outstanding Researcher (Please note that the juniors will be judged against other juniors, whereas seniors will be judged against other seniors.)

Definition: This award recognizes the student who has shown an outstanding level of commitment to research in the field of Psychology and/or Human Development.

Eligibility:

  • Must have completed two semesters at MSU Denver
  • Must have completed 12 credit hours in Psychology and/or Human Development at MSU Denver by the application deadline
  • Application must be sponsored by an MSU Denver Psychology or Human Development instructor (full or part-time)

Human Development Promising Teacher Award (One award only)

Definition: This award recognizes the student who shows outstanding promise as a future teacher.

Eligibility:

  • Overall G.P.A. at MSU Denver must be at least 3.0
  • Must have completed at least 2 semesters at MSU Denver
  • Must have completed 12 credit hours in the Human Development major by the application deadline
  • Must want to pursue a career in teaching
  • Application must be sponsored by an MSU Denver Psychology or Human Development instructor (full or part-time)

General Considerations that Apply to Both the Outstanding Scholar and Researcher Awards

  1. The Outstanding Student Awards Selection Committee will be responsible for choosing the award recipients. For the Outstanding Student Researcher Award, the committee will select finalists and then may solicit verbal recommendations from the students' research supervisor for further clarification.
  2. For all awards, recipients will be chosen by a majority vote. Only one award in each category may be given in an academic year.
  3. Awards are to be given once per academic year. However, if no candidate meets the criteria for the award, it will not be awarded.
  4. There is no limit on the number of awards a single student may earn.
  5. Awards will be presented at the Psychology Department Awards Ceremony. All applicants will be notified in writing regarding their status prior to the ceremony.
  6. A faculty member may sponsor as many students as he/she believes merits the award(s).
  7. Students may apply for a single award more than once; however, they may only receive each award one time.
  8. December graduates are eligible to apply for awards given during the following spring semester (e.g., a student graduating in fall 2013 may apply for the 2014 award).
  9. Students will be encouraged to seek feedback on application materials from faculty members.
  10. When research activities are evaluated for the Researcher Awards, there are no research methods (e.g., correlational, archival, experimental) that are de facto preferred.

After the committee makes its decisions known, faculty sponsors may request oral feedback from the chair of the committee on behalf their students. If the faculty sponsor would like, the committee chair will meet with the student and/or the faculty sponsor to provide the feedback.


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