Do you ever get that feeling that other students are nominated for honors, awards and funding but you are always overlooked? Well, let me ask you this: when was the last time you thought about your role and responsibility when it comes to being nominated?
That’s right—I’m suggesting that you think about how and when it’s appropriate for you to suggest to others that they nominate you for honors, awards and funding. This should only be done, of course, when you are qualified to a degree that would make you truly competitive. Think about how often you put together the documentation to support your application for a Fulbright or similar outside awards. If you can provide the supporting material for your nomination for particular funding opportunities, awards and honors, perhaps it’s time to schedule a meeting with your advisor or mentor to discuss the possibilities. There is nothing inappropriate about pointing out an opportunity for you and explaining why you feel you are qualified and would like to be considered as a potential nominee. Show that you are ready to provide the supporting materials needed for a nomination.
Here is an example of such an opportunity. Rackham annually provides Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Awards. The GSIs have to be nominated by their faculty and must have completed at least two terms (not necessarily consecutive) as GSIs. If you’re someone who truly enjoys teaching as a GSI, and have the kudos to prove your talents as an instructor, let your faculty know about these awards and your suitability.
Nominations for the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor awards are due on Monday, January 23, 2012. You’re welcome to give me a call at 647-4559 if you have questions about this or any of the awards here at Rackham.
About the Author
Pat McCune, Senior Project Manager, Rackham Graduate School
Published in: Graduate School News