Award applications for the 2021-2022 academic year have closed. Check back in mid-February 2023 for next year’s application!

The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) awards Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA) and Collegiality and Scholarship Excellence Awards (CSEA) each academic year during the spring semester. Each award comes with a monetary prize of $400 paid to recipients through a scholarship applied to their student accounts. Awardees will also be highlighted on GPSG media.

These awards are intended to recognize broad definitions of teaching and scholarship since we know that not all students have the same opportunities. Many of our applicants are TAs, GPTIs or RAs but any student who is involved in mentoring or other informal teaching, research, creation of creative works or other original scholarship activity is welcome to apply!

Questions about the GPSG Excellence Awards can be directed to gpsg@colorado.edu.

Eligibility

  • All students pursuing graduate and professional degrees are eligible to apply, including international students
  • Students currently holding a position within GPSG as a Senator, Representative, Officer or Executive are ineligible to receive an award. Students who have previously held one of these positions are eligible.

Awards Timeline

  • Applications will open in mid-February and be open for four (4) weeks.
  • Applicants will be notified of their decision by mid April.

Award Criteria

  • Awards are graded using the following rubrics out of a total possible 10 points
  • Each application is graded blind by two independent graders. The two scores are averaged for a final score out of 10 points total. Graders are GPSG Senators, Representatives, Officers or Executives
  • Award procedures and criteria are governed by the GPSG Excellence Award Bylaws

TEA Application Procedure

  • Students should self-nominate themselves for this award
  • Applicants will be asked to submit:
    • A short essay describing your commitment to teaching. (3000 characters or less)
    • A short essay describing your ability to engage students in the classroom or other environment. (3000 characters or less)
    • A short essay describing how you create a positive learning environment. (3000 characters or less)
    • An OPTIONAL letter of recommendation
      • Anyone who is not a current student or mentee of the applicant may write a letter of recommendation for the applicant
      • Other acceptable supporters could be advisors, PIs, professors familiar with the applicant’s work or teaching style, etc.
  • Applications materials other than letters of recommendation should be free of any identifying information such as names and student ID numbers. 
  • All essay materials must be submitted as pdf uploads through the application form. Please do not include names in the filename.
  • Letters of recommendation may be submitted by email to administration.gpsg@colorado.edu  with the subject line: Excellence Award Letter of Recommendation [Applicant Name]

TEA Application Form

CSEA Application Procedure

  • Students should self-nominate themselves for this award
  • Applicants will be asked to submit:
    • A short essay describing your contributions to research/creative works and how you have grown/improved. (3000 characters or less)
    • A short essay describing how you have improved your research community. (3000 characters or less)
    • A short essay describing how you have contributed to a positive scholarly environment. (3000 characters or less)
    • An OPTIONAL letter of recommendation
      • Anyone who is not a current student or mentee of the applicant may write a letter of recommendation for the applicant
      • Other acceptable supporters could be advisors, PIs, professors familiar with the applicant’s work or teaching style, etc.
  • Applications materials other than letters of recommendation should be free of any identifying information such as names and student ID numbers. 
  • All essay materials must be submitted as pdf uploads through the application form. Please do not include names in the filename.
  • Letters of recommendation may be submitted by email to administration.gpsg@colorado.edu with the subject line: Excellence Award Letter of Recommendation [Applicant Name]

CSEA Application Form