The Graduate School at Grand Valley State University is preparing to host the Graduate Showcase and the Citations for Academic Excellence.
These events serve to recognize and honor the achievements of senior graduates who have produced outstanding scholarly work in their field of study.
For more than 10 years, the Graduate School and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence have organized the Graduate Showcase, an event where graduate students have the chance to share the knowledge they have accumulated during their time in the program.
Nominated students are asked to prepare a poster detailing their area of interest and present it to graduate faculty and other students.
Irene Fountain, the administrative assistant to the Associate Vice Provost of the Graduate School, said being selected for the showcase is a great honor.
“Capstone projects, academic research, internships, graduate theses and dissertations, professional publications and conference presentations are some of the areas in which students showcase their experiences,” Fountain said. “These experiences represent the breadth, variety, and rigor of graduate study at GVSU.”
In addition to the Graduate Showcase, the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association organize the Citations for Academic Excellence.
Since 2006, the citations have provided an opportunity to recognize outstanding students who have shown diligence while completing their studies, and dedicated faculty who have helped students complete their graduate studies.
However, Fountain said there are also several additional categories to consider.
“Graduating students are recognized for excellence in their academic programs, for their research and scholarship, in service to their communities and professions, in service to GVSU, and for promoting diversity and inclusion or sustainability,” Fountain said. “Graduate faculty are recognized as mentors to their graduate students, for their exceptional teaching, and for their commitment to inclusion.”
Citation award winners are selected from a pool of applicants by the Associate Vice Provost of the Graduate School and other graduate faculty.
The event itself will include a preliminary reception and awards ceremony where selected students will receive a certificate of recognition and a lanyard of honor to wear at the start.
While being invited to these events is a great honor, many students consider earning a master’s degree the greatest reward of all.
The Graduate School has produced a variety of successful alumni across disciplines, preparing them for high-level careers and educational paths.
“Former GVSU graduates are well prepared to enter or continue their profession,” Fountain said. “Mid-career graduates are equipped with the knowledge to move into leadership positions in their chosen career, while other alumni continue on to doctoral studies. programs.”
Fountain said the graduate school administration has made it a goal to maintain student-centered education by providing research opportunities, community connections and service-based learning.
“We offer highly specialized instruction in small class sizes that allow students to not only enhance their knowledge in their chosen field, but also engage with their teachers, mentors and peers in ways that broaden their understanding of their academic community and their discipline,” said Fountain.
The Graduate Showcase is scheduled for April 12 from 3-5 p.m. and the Academic Excellence Citations are scheduled for April 15. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Both events will take place at the Loosemore Auditorium and Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.