KAWSE Recognition Award

This award honors exceptional efforts undertaken by a K-State faculty or staff member to enrich girls’ and women’s lives in STEM disciplines. Recipients will be recognized with an engraved plaque and a $500 award.

KAWSE Award RFP 2023-2024 Academic Year (PDF)

KAWSE Award Screening Rubric (PDF)

List of Previous Awardees (webpage)


Any K-State faculty or unclassified professional staff member

Deadline for Nominations

Please send all nomination materials to kawse@k-state.edu by 5pm on Thursday, February 29, 2023, with the subject line "Nomination for KAWSE Recognition Award."

Criteria for Nomination

Evidence of demonstrated exceptional efforts to enhance women’s lives in STEM, and thereby to enhance the justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) and women in STEM may include, but is not limited to, two or more of the following:

  • Outstanding contributions to KAWSE’s GROW, EXCITE, SUCCEED, or ADVANCE programs
  • Development of new, innovative JEDI programs in STEM
  • Maintenance of current JEDI programming in STEM
  • Development of JEDI activities that support partnerships across programs to include STEM programs
  • Published research on girls and women in STEM

Nomination Process

Any K-State faculty or unclassified professional staff member may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague, department head or other administrator. The nomination must include information on how the individual has enriched the lives of women in STEM disciplines. Nominations will be reviewed by a screening committee. Individuals who have previously received this award will generally not be eligible for a subsequent award within a three-year time period.

Contents of Nomination Packet

  • Letter of nomination describing in detail why the nominee is deserving of the award (maximum of two pages)
  • Relevant materials, such as published research, program or activity descriptions

Time Frame

December/January - call for nominations on ADVANCE listserv & K-State Today

End of February/Beginning of March - nomination materials due to kawse@k-state.edu. Subject line should read "Nomination for KAWSE Recognition Award." See exact due date in request for nominations announcement.

March/April - review of materials by KAWSE Award Screening Committee

End of April - announcement of KAWSE Award recipient

September - honoree recognized at KAWSE’s Annual Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony