Awards

Awards Recognizing Graduate Students

Boka Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service by a Graduate or Professional Student

This award recognizes a graduate or professional student who has been judged the most outstanding in character, scholarship, leadership, and service to the University. The recipient will be recognized with a cash award and plaque at the Graduate School’s Student Recognition Ceremony each April. This award is also one of the few graduate awards to be recognized at the Chancellor’s Award Ceremony.

GEAB Impact Award

Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award recognizes and showcases graduate student research that has a direct impact on the state of North Carolina. Research can be in its early stages, currently ongoing, or completed. Research that impacts society in general, including North Carolina, will also be considered. IMPACT Award winners will receive a cash prize and recognition during the Graduate School's Annual Student Recognition Event held each April.

Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award

To recognize the scholarly contributions of UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral students as revealed through their dissertation projects and to highlight the timely completion of doctoral training. Students cannot apply directly for this award but are nominated by their graduate program. The selection criteria include the following: originality, innovativeness, scholarly excellence, methodological sophistication, and significant contribution to the discipline. Award winners will receive a cash prize and a recognition plaque during the Graduate School's Annual Student Recognition Event in April.

Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society

The Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society (FPGHS) recognizes outstanding service provided to the University and community by graduate and professional students enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Honor Society also recognizes faculty and staff who have contributed to graduate and professional education at the University.

Awards Recognizing Graduate Faculty

Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring recognizes graduate faculty who provide outstanding support and guidance to their doctoral students. We encourage the nomination of both senior and junior faculty for this award. When appropriate, The Graduate School will present two awards — one award to a senior faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a seasoned mentor and one award to a junior faculty member who has exhibited outstanding mentoring at an early stage.

The award(s) will be presented during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. All graduate students who receive their doctoral degrees during the current academic year are invited to nominate faculty members for this award.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Student and Academic Program Support

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Student and Academic Program Support recognizes graduate faculty currently in the Director of Graduate Studies role, who provide outstanding support for graduate programs and their students.

Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society

The Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society (FPGHS) recognizes outstanding service provided to the University and community by graduate and professional students enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Honor Society also recognizes faculty and staff who have contributed to graduate and professional education at the University.

Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society Nominations

Awards Recognizing Excellence in Student Services

Excellence In Graduate Student Services Award

Co-sponsored by The Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF), this award recognizes the significant work that Student Services Managers do within programs, departments, and schools to: support the graduate student experience, cultivate graduate student community, and help students navigate the challenges and successes of graduate life. The recipient will be recognized with a cash award and plaque at the Graduate School’s Student Recognition Ceremony in April.