Outstanding Graduate Program Coordinator Award

About the Award

Graduate Studies recognizes the vital role graduate program coordinators play in supporting UC Davis graduate students. Graduate program coordinators are often a graduate student’s first point of contact and can advise students on nearly every aspect of the graduate program from orientation to graduation. They also provide an invaluable role in directing graduate students to personal and professional resources that help them successfully fulfill their academic goals. They also play an important role in the life of their program(s), by maintaining institutional memory and building community.

Awardees will receive a plaque, acknowledgement at the annual Advising Graduate Students Conference, a $1,000 award, and a one-year membership in NACADA.

Eligibility

  • Serve as the primary graduate program coordinator for one or more graduate programs.
  • Have been a coordinator for at least one year.

Who May Nominate

UC Davis graduate students, staff, or faculty.  Graduate program coordinators may self-nominate. 

Qualifications

The award committee will look for the following criteria in making the award:

  • ability to work as an effective advocate for graduate students and graduate causes in the program
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • ability to create a welcoming, supportive, and culturally inclusive environment for graduate students
  • ability to work as an effective liaison between graduate students and their graduate advisors, and between the graduate program and Graduate Studies
  • record of collaboration with different units
  • record of instituting innovative or new ways to advise or support students
  • record of campus-level impact or leadership

Nominations

Nominations can be submitted using the form below. Initial nomination materials will follow NACADA guidelines and consist of:

  • Nomination letter. The letter should outline the nominee’s qualifications and provide evidence and specific examples that demonstrate outstanding performance. We encourage the letter to include quotes or comments from faculty, colleagues and/or students. The letter should be no more than three pages, single spaced. (Upload as one document below).
  • As many as three letters of support, including at least one from a current or former student. Other letters may come from faculty, staff, or graduate students who can further support the nomination. Letters should be no more than two pages single spaced. (Upload as one document below).

Nomination deadline: August 19, 2022

Please send nominations as a single compiled pdf to Nicole Rabaud, Executive Director of Student and Postdoctoral Support, at nerabaud@ucdavis.edu

Selection

Selection of finalists and recipients will be made by the Outstanding Graduate Program Coordinator Award Review Committees.

If selected, awardee will be asked to provide a Resume/CV and a statement on their advising philosophy.

Questions can be sent to Nicole Rabaud, Executive Director of Student and Postdoctoral Support, at nerabaud@ucdavis.edu