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The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) gives awards to Masters and Ph.D. students for travel to conferences and educational programs. This award aims to help students with limited funding to further develop professional skills and contacts.
Conference travel: For travel to present work at a conference with a poster, oral presentation, or other acceptable formats.
Educational programs: For travel to field research sites, language or artifact research, or any research or educational course NOT offered at the University that are essential to their program of study.
Applicant must be a degree-seeking student in a Ph.D. or Master's degree program enrolled in one of COGS constituent units, must in good standing with their department at the time of their application, and must be registered for at least one credit. For a list of constituent units, see the COGS website.
Student must travel a minimal of 1.5 hours and/or stay a minimum of one night at their destination.
Travel must occur between September 1, 2012, and January 21, 2013, to be eligible during the 2012-13 Fall award period.
Travel must occur between January 22, 2013, and August 31, 2013, to be eligible during the 2011-12 Spring award period.
Previous COGS travel award winners may apply, but preference will be given to those who have not received a travel award in recent years.
Due Date: Nov 9 –Fall, March 15 2013 -Spring
Awards will be announced to the applicant by Friday, December 7, 2012 (Fall) and Friday, April 30, 2013 (Spring) and will be presented at the 2013 COGS Awards Ceremony 2 May 2013
Since 1996, COGS has presented an annual student Leadership Award recognizing the recipient's leadership and service on behalf of their fellow graduate students, the University and broader communities. The first prize winner receives a $500 check, and up to 4 runners up each receive $250. All winners will receive a certificate of award. These items of recognition will be presented to the award recipients at the 2013 COGS Awards Ceremony on 2 May 2013.
Any student who is represented by COGS and enrolled in one of COGS constituent units may nominate and be nominated for this award. Students can (and are encouraged to) self-nominate. Students represented by the other member Councils of GAPSA are not eligible to nominate students or receive this award.
Candidates must be graduate students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus and be in good standing in their program.
Candidates cannot be current COGS Executive Officers; including the immediate Past President.
Only leadership activities undertaken during their time as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota are eligible for consideration.
A student may receive this award once every three years. To ensure the nominee has not recently won, see our list of previous winners.
Nominees will be judged on the quality of their leadership and the extent to which they have made significant contributions to the University Community in the current academic year, 2012-2013. This information must be identified and explained in the nomination letter. Consideration of personal knowledge of the nominee's contributions is permitted in deliberations of the selection committee.
All nomination letters must conform to the Nomination Letter Rules (see below) or they will be returned to the nominator.
The selection committee shall consist of no less than three current COGS Executive Officers.
The nomination letter must not exceed three (3) single spaced pages.
All nomination letters must be type written. No hand written nominations will be accepted.
The name of the nominee and nominator must appear on every page of the letter.
Students may (and are encouraged to) nominate themselves.
If a nominator submits more than one nomination letter, each nomination letter must be unique to the individual nominee.
Due Date: Friday March 8, 2013
The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Faculty Award recognizes faculty members for their exceptional contributions to graduate education. This is the only faculty award that expresses the appreciation of the graduate student body – it was created by graduate students, nominations are made by graduate students, and the winners are selected by graduate students.
Up to twelve awards will be presented at the 2013 COGS Awards on 2 May 2013
Any student who is in a graduate program that is one of COGS constituent units may nominate a faculty member, i.e., any student represented by COGS. Students represented by the other Council members of GAPSA are not eligible to nominate faculty for this award. A student may nominate only one faculty member.
All faculty members at the University are eligible, including full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty, research associates and lecturers. Faculty are eligible to win once every five years. To ensure the nominee has not recently won, see our list of previous winners. The nominated faculty member does not need to be an advisor of the nominating students, or even be in the same department.
Due Date: March 1, 2013
Any questions or comments about the awards can be emailed to email@example.com.
Nominees will receive consideration without discrimination of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, public assistance status, or sexual orientation.