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Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

KAWSE Recognition Award

This award is currently being planned to resume in Spring 2022. 

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.

RFN Spring 2020 (PDF)

KAWSE Award Rubric (PDF)

List of Previous Awardees 


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 Monday, March 2nd 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 diversity and efficacy of STEM universally may include, but is not limited to, two or more of the following:

  • Outstanding contributions to GROW, EXCITE, SUCCEED, or ADVANCE programs
  • Development of new, innovative programs
  • Development of activities that support partnerships across programs
  • Published research on girls and women in STEM
Nomination Process

Any K-State faculty or unclassified professional staff member, may 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 from an administrator or faculty or staff member 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

Mid-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 January announcement. 

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

End of April - announcement of KAWSE Award recipient

September - honoree(s) recognized at KAWSE’s Women’s Recognition Ceremony