College of Arts and Sciences Student of the Year Awards
The College of Arts and Sciences Graduate and Undergraduate Student of the Year Awards seek to recognize overall achievement. It is expected that the student receiving each award will demonstrate excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service to the FGCU College of Arts & Sciences and to the community.
Dear Colleagues, It is time, once again, to recognize our most outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. This year we are recognizing one undergraduate and one graduate student from our college for the College of Arts and Sciences Student of the Year awards.
CAS will present two College of Arts & Sciences Student of the Year (CAS SoTY) awards to students who demonstrate outstanding collegiality and commitment to the mission and guiding principles of FGCU's College of Arts & Sciences. These awards include:
- Undergraduate Student of the Year: Awarded to an undergraduate student who is in academic good standing, has completed a minimum of 12 credits in the College of Arts & Sciences and is registered for, and successfully completing, at least nine (9) credits in both the fall and spring semesters during the academic year in which the award is given. For example, for the award given in the spring of 2015, they must have taken at least nine (9) credits during the fall of 2014, and at least nine (9) credits during the spring of 2015.
- Graduate Student of the Year: Awarded to a graduate student who is in academic good standing, has completed a minimum of 9 credits in the College of Arts & Sciences and is registered for, and successfully completing, at least one (1) credit in both the fall and spring semesters during the academic year in which the award is given. For example, for the award given in the spring of 2015, they must have taken at least one (1) credit during the fall of 2014, and at least one (1) credit during the spring of 2015.
Nomination/ Selection Process and Criteria for College of Arts & Sciences Student of the Year
Criteria The student receiving each award will demonstrate excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service to the FGCU College of Arts & Sciences and to the community.
Selection Committee The College of Arts & Sciences Student Affairs Committee will review all CAS SoTY submissions and select one undergraduate and one graduate CAS SoTY.
Nominations should be submitted to the office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, care of Dr. Mary Ann Zager firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday February 8th, 2016. Nominations must come from individuals with direct knowledge of the nominee's qualifications and achievements. This may include students, peers, administrators, staff, or community members. Students may not solicit nominations, nor may they nominate themselves. Nominators can only nominate one person for each award and may do so in writing (on paper or email).
The one-page nomination letter must include:
- How the nominator knows the nominee (relationship between the nominator and nominee)
- How long the nominator has known the nominee
- How the nominee meets the award criteria
- Complete contact information for the nominee, including telephone numbers and the email address, to facilitate SOTY committee contact with the nominee.
Student Portfolio Submission
All who accept the nomination must submit an electronic file with their portfolio to the office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, care of Dr. Mary Ann Zager email@example.com, by Monday March 14th, 2016, accepting the nomination and authorizing the committee members to access their academic file.
Candidates for the College of Arts & Sciences Student of the Year Awards prepare a portfolio containing materials which demonstrate their achievements. All portfolios must contain:
- A statement (no more than 2 pages in length) from the student that supports his/her nomination. This statement demonstrates the achievements of the student in leadership, scholarship, and service.
- At least one letter of reference from a faculty member in the student's major who supports and can describe to the SoTY committee how this student's efforts, projects, presentations, or other output in their major exemplifies the qualities of a student in this program.
- At least one reference contact person (including name, title, email address, and phone numbers) should be from a person who has direct evidence of the student's commitment to service.
- Evidence (letters, articles, web pages, videos, collages, etc.) as to the achievements of the student in the categories of leadership, scholarship and service.
Additional optional materials:
- A Two minute video uploaded to YouTube showcasing commitment to leadership, scholarship, and service. Provide the YouTube link in the submitted portfolio.
- A project, presentation, or other form of output that the student feels best exemplifies their accomplishments in their chosen program of study, along with an explanation of their choice of project/presentation/other.
Evidence of achievement in the categories of leadership, scholarship and service may include (but is not limited to):
- Evidence that the candidate upholds the standards of the university
- Evidence of initiative
- Evidence of significant participation in organizations
- Evidence of time management skills
- Evidence of honor and integrity
- Evidence of respect for peers
- Evidence of leadership within the student's program or college
- Academic honors
- Letters from faculty
- Evidence of the spirit of intellectual curiosity in the learning environment
- Enthusiasm for learning
- Conference participation
- Conference attendance
- Class projects
- Submissions to journals, including Ampersand, The Eagle, or others within the broader university community.
- Submissions/presentations/performances/etc. in more discipline-specific contexts
- Student Government
- The Eagle News
- Greek Letter Organizations
- Participation in student organizations
- Participation with University Services
- Peer tutoring
- College organizations
- Department organizations
- Fund raising opportunities
- Habitat for Humanity
- Red Cross
- March of Dimes
- Homeless shelters
- Activities at area schools (K-12)
- Local service learning opportunities
- Participation in environmental issues
- Participation in the global learning community (i.e. web pages)
- Study Abroad Experiences
- International Service Learning Opportunities