Nominations Open for College of the Environment Awards

The College of the Environment is now seeking nominations to honor students, staff and faculty who make exceptional and meaningful contributions to the College community. Award categories include distinguished staff member, outstanding teaching faculty, outstanding researcher, outstanding community impact, and Dean’s medals for undergraduate and graduate students. Check out last year’s winners, and see below for specific requirements and eligibility for each award!

To nominate an award recipient, all you have to do is submit a letter of nomination, via catalyst, to Dean Lisa Graumlich (you must have a UW NetID to participate). Letters should be no more than two pages in length and may be from a single nominator or group of nominators. The deadline for all nominations is Friday, February 28, so don’t delay in recognizing your worthy SEFS classmates and colleagues!

Distinguished Staff Member

Criteria: Nominees should provide extraordinary service beyond the basic job description and demonstrate the University of Washington values of integrity, diversity, excellence, collaboration, innovation and respect.

Eligible: College of the Environment staff members who hold a 50 percent or greater permanent appointment, and have been employed at the University for a minimum of six months as of the nomination deadline.

Outstanding Teaching Faculty

Criteria:  Nominees should demonstrate:

* Mastery of subject matter including the continued growth in his/her own teaching
* Demonstration of enthusiasm and innovation in the teaching and learning process
* Ability to engage students both inside and outside of the classroom
* Aptitude to inspire independent and original thinking in students
* Ability to stimulate students to do creative work
* Innovations in course and curriculum design

Eligible: College of the Environment tenure-track, WOT (without tenure) and research faculty; lecturers and instructors.

Outstanding Researcher

Criteria: Research or scholarship contributed within the past two years that has been or has the potential to be widely recognized by peers and whose achievements have had or may have a substantial impact of the profession, on research or the performance of others, or on society as a whole.

Eligible: College of the Environment tenure-track, WOT (without tenure) and research faculty; lecturers, instructors, staff or students who are engaged in research.

Outstanding Community Impact

Criteria: Stakeholder engagement within the past two years that stimulates, inspires and drives interactive uses of environmental science and information to impact the broader community.  Includes, but is not limited to, one or more of the following:

* Working with communities to change management of natural resources
* Bringing diverse groups of people together to address a common problem
* Developing business, economic or industry solutions through hands-on interaction and collaboration
* Affecting or changing city, local or state policies and/or processes

Eligible (two awards):

1.  Staff or faculty, acting within their role in the College, who did not receive the College of the Environment’s Outstanding Public Engagement Award the previous year.
2.  College of the Environment student who did not previously receive the College of the Environment’s Outstanding Public Engagement Award.

Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist

Criteria: Outstanding academic achievement, including research, overall GPA and other measurable academic achievements, as well as outstanding leadership or service, including community service and leadership on or off campus.

Eligible: College of the Environment undergraduate students

Graduate Dean’s Medalist

Criteria: Outstanding academic achievement, including research, overall GPA and other measurable academic achievements, as well as outstanding leadership or service, including teaching, community service and leadership on or off campus.