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Outstanding Research Award

Awarded to Ph.D. or Master’s students who conducted research in the 2022-23 academic year that is vital to their academic discipline and society at large.

2022 Winner

Valerie Yelverton, Health Services Policy and Management

The Award

One award of $1,000 given annually.


Nominees must be Ph.D. or master’s students enrolled in Spring 2023.


Graduate Directors must submit nomination packets as one PDF document to Wright Culpepper at Only one nomination per program is allowed. The package must include:

  • CV or resume from the student (not to exceed two pages)
  • 1-page research summary written by the student
  • 1-page letter from a faculty member contextualizing research

The committee will consider the following:

  • Research outputs relevant to the area of expertise (publications, grants, creative works, etc.)
  • Ability for the student to explain their research and its importance to a broad academic audience
  • Faculty assessment of student’s contribution to research outputs

Nomination Deadline

March 31, 2023


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.