Individuals as well as teams can be nominated for all of the following categories except for the Undergraduate or Graduate Dean’s Medalists, which are individual awards.

Distinguished Staff Member

Criteria

Nominees should provide extraordinary service beyond the basic job description and demonstrate the University of Washington values of integrity, diversity, excellence, collaboration, innovation and respect.

Eligibility

Nominees must be College of the Environment staff members who hold a 50% or greater permanent appointment, have been employed at the University for a minimum of six months as of the nomination deadline, and have not previously received the College’s Distinguished Staff Member Award. Nominees who are not chosen in a given year may be nominated again in subsequent years.

Exceptional Mentoring of Undergraduates

Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate significant contributions to the development of undergraduate student research and the intellectual vibrancy of the College of the Environment.  Includes, but is not limited to one or more of the following:

  • Recruiting and engaging undergraduate students outside the formal classroom setting including research not encompassed within the objectives of a class
  • Inspiring independent and original thinking in students
  • Creating a supportive environment for students to engage in independent research
  • Promoting successful completion and showcasing of students’ research
  • Directing and connecting students to resources and networks necessary to take full advantage of academic and professional opportunities

Eligibility

Nominees must be current College of the Environment graduate students, staff or faculty who have not previously received the College’s Exceptional Mentoring of Undergraduates Award. Nominees who are not chosen in a given year may be nominated again in subsequent years. (For students, “current” includes students who were enrolled during this academic year but who have graduated this academic year, e.g., at the end of fall or winter quarters.)

Graduate Dean’s Medalist

Criteria

Outstanding academic achievement, including research, overall GPA and other measurable academic achievements, as well as outstanding leadership or service, including teaching, community service and leadership on or off campus.

Eligibility

Nominees must be a current College of the Environment graduate student who has not previously received the College’s Graduate Dean’s Medalist Award. Nominees who are not chosen in a given year may be nominated again in subsequent years. (For students, “current” includes students who were enrolled during this academic year but who have graduated this academic year, e.g., at the end of fall or winter quarters.)

Outstanding Community Impact: Faculty/Staff

Criteria

Stakeholder engagement within the past two years that stimulates, inspires, and drives interactive uses of environmental science and information to impact the broader community. Includes, but is not limited to one or more of the following:

  • Working with communities to change management of natural resources
  • Bringing diverse groups of people together to address a common problem
  • Developing business, economic or industry solutions through hands-on interaction and collaboration
  • Affecting or changing city, local or state policies and/or processes
  • Sharing research work with outside audiences through community presentations, open publication, citizen science, or other public engagement efforts in order to increase science literacy

Eligibility

Nominees must be current College of the Environment staff or faculty, acting within their role in the College, who have not previously received the College’s Outstanding Community Impact Award. Nominees who are not chosen in a given year may be nominated again in subsequent years.

Outstanding Community Impact: Student

Criteria

Stakeholder engagement within the past two years that stimulates, inspires, and drives interactive uses of environmental science and information to impact the broader community. Includes, but is not limited to one or more of the following:

  • Working with communities to change management of natural resources
  • Bringing diverse groups of people together to address a common problem
  • Developing business, economic or industry solutions through hands-on interaction and collaboration
  • Affecting or changing city, local or state policies and/or processes
  • Sharing research work with outside audiences through community presentations, open publication, citizen science, or other public engagement efforts in order to increase science literacy

Eligibility

Nominees must be current College of the Environment students who have not previously received the College’s Outstanding Community Impact Award. Nominees who are not chosen in a given year may be nominated again in subsequent years. (For students, “current” includes students who were enrolled during this academic year but who have graduated this academic year, e.g., at the end of fall or winter quarters.)

Outstanding Diversity Commitment

Criteria

Awardees’ contributions should include the following:

  • A leadership role in existing or developing inclusion efforts that connect to and/or support the College of the Environment.
  • An innovative approach to diversity and inclusion within one’s own scholarship, teaching or disciplinary community.
  • Short-term and long-term positive change.

Eligibility

Nominees must be a current College of the Environment student, staff, or faculty member who have not previously received the College’s Outstanding Diversity Commitment Award. Nominees who are not chosen in a given year may be nominated again in subsequent years. (For students, “current” includes students who were enrolled during this academic year but who have graduated this academic year, e.g., at the end of fall or winter quarters.)

For more information, please see the Outstanding Diversity Commitment Award page.

Outstanding Researcher

Criteria

Research or scholarship contributed within the past two years that has been or has the potential to be widely recognized by peers and whose achievements have had or may have a substantial impact of the profession, on research or the performance of others, or on society as a whole.

Eligibility

Nominees must be a College of the Environment tenure-track, WOT (without tenure), or research faculty; or lecturers, instructors, staff or students who are engaged in research, who have not previously received the College’s Outstanding Researcher Award. Nominees who are not chosen in a given year may be nominated again in subsequent years. (For students, “current” includes students who were enrolled during this academic year but who have graduated this academic year, e.g., at the end of fall or winter quarters.)

Outstanding Teaching Faculty

Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate:

  • Mastery of subject matter including the continued growth in their own teaching
  • Demonstration of enthusiasm and innovation in the teaching and learning process
  • Ability to engage students both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Aptitude to inspire independent and original thinking in students
  • Ability to stimulate students to do creative work
  • Innovations in course and curriculum design

Eligibility

College of the Environment tenure-track, WOT (without tenure), and research faculty; lecturers, and instructors, who have not previously received the College’s Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award. Nominees who are not chosen in a given year may be nominated again in subsequent years.

Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist

Criteria

Outstanding academic achievement, including research, overall GPA and other measurable academic achievements, as well as outstanding leadership or service, including community service and leadership on or off campus.

Eligibility

College of the Environment undergraduate seniors who are eligible  to participate in the annual UW Commencement Ceremony in June. The Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist will be invited to serve as the College of the Environment gonfaloniere, the student who carries the college’s gonfalon, or banner, and leads the college’s degree candidates in the procession at the UW Commencement Ceremony. The nominating unit should confirm the student nominee’s eligibility to participate in the Commencement Ceremony prior to submitting the nomination. Ineligible nominees will not be considered by the review committee.