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Nominate Outstanding Graduate Alumni

As the President of the Graduate School Alumni Society (GSAS), I have the privilege of meeting so many of our amazing graduate school alums. Be it during Board Meetings, the Career Exploration Workshop, the Graduate Exhibition, or the Doctoral Alumni Reunion, I’m always awed and amazed by the quality of the individuals who have received a graduate education and degree from Penn State University.

With that said, the event I look forward to each and every year (and circle on my calendar!) is the GSAS Recognition Dinner. This annual spring event recognizes Graduate School alumni recipients of the GSAS Lifetime Achievement Award, the GSAS Early Career Award and the GSAS Humanitarian Award.

For those who are not familiar with the awards, please take a moment to read their descriptions below. I’ve provided the links to the respective recipients of the 2017 awards.

  • Graduate School Alumni Society Early Career Award: Matthew S. Hall, Ph.D. '07, Sociology
    The Early Career Award recognizes Graduate School Alumni who have demonstrated exceptional success in their chosen field. Eligibility is limited to Graduate School Alumni (master’s or doctoral degrees) who received their graduate degree within the 10 years preceding the deadline for this year’s nominations. Submit your nominations.
  • Graduate School Alumni Society Lifetime Achievement Award: Conrado M. Gempesaw, II, Ph.D., '85, Agricultural Economics
    The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Graduate School Alumni who have achieved exceptional success in their profession and have demonstrated loyalty to the University and Alumni Association. All alumni of the Graduate School at Penn State who hold a master’s or doctoral degree are eligible for consideration. Submit your nominations.
  • Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award: James E. McClure, '94 M.A., American Studies
    The Humanitarian Award recognizes Graduate School Alumni who have made a positive societal impact on the welfare of humankind. Eligibility is limited to Graduate School Alumni (master’s or doctoral degrees) who received their graduate degree 10 years or more prior to the deadline for this year’s nominations. Submit your nominations.

The accomplishments of the above three recipients are truly inspiring, and I take great pride and joy in knowing that their graduate education at Penn State played a part in their success.

The best part of all is that we get to do it again each and every year, honoring the Graduate School’s best and brightest. Interested in nominating a deserving Graduate School alum? Follow the instructions below!

Nomination Process/Timeline:

  • Nominations are being solicited from Penn State alumni, Penn State faculty and administrators, and friends of the University. The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2017.
  • The nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee, and selections will be made by November 1, 2017.
  • The awardees in all categories will be recognized at the annual Graduate School Alumni Society Recognition Dinner to be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Nittany Lion Inn. 

Before getting started you'll need:

  • the nominee's contact information (including professional contact information); 
  • the nominee's education and career history; 
  • two letters of recommendation; and
  • additional supporting documents, such as a curriculum vitae, news articles, and publicity items. 

More information about each of the awards, along with lists of past recipients, is available on the Graduate School’s website. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni and External Relations at 814-865-2514.

For The Glory,
Krishna C. Nadella ’04
President, Graduate School Alumni Society

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