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2020-2021 University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Award

The Graduate School is accepting applications for the University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Award. Eligible graduate students must be admitted to candidacy at the time of application, in their last year of his or her doctoral degree program, be enrolled in the fall of the academic year of the award. The award is available to eligible students who meet the above criteria in any K-State college, department or program. Students may nominate themselves. K-State faculty may also submit nominations.

The award is intended to recognize exceptional achievement in graduate studies. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in scholarship through publications and other accomplishments appropriate for his or her academic field.

The recipient(s) will be selected by an interdisciplinary committee of graduate faculty and a member of the University Distinguished Professors group. Funds may be used for dissertation, research, travel, planning postdoctoral moves or other expenses.

The funds will be awarded without restriction to race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. The University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Award is intended for students with an outstanding record of scholarship and may not be awarded every year.

They are not a replacement for a GRA/GTA stipend, but may be used to support the recipient’s dissertation, e.g. costs associated with doing research off-campus or at another institution. Although a formal budget is not required, a general idea of how the recipient plans to spend the funds should be included in the statement, including estimated costs for each component of the award statement.

Application materials should be submitted as one Word or PDF file to udp@k-state.edu by April 1, 2020.

Read the news release about the 2019 UDP Graduate Student Award Winners

2015 UDP Student Awards Presentation

Submission Deadline

April 1, 2020

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2019 UDP Graduate Student Award Winners

Anastasia Cooper
Hojjatallah Fallahi
Jun Li
Santiago Tamagno