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Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

Each year, the Graduate Education Office, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, presents two awards to exceptional graduate students: the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Outstanding Thesis Award. The recipients receive special recognition at commencement, including a framed certificate, and are honored at an awards reception. If you feel that you qualify for either award or if you want more information, please contact your graduate coordinator or email us at grad@calpoly.edu

Criteria for the Outstanding Graduate Student Award

  • Academic Excellence
  • Creative Achievement
  • Scholarly/Professional Potential
  • Service to the University Community
  • Other notable or outstanding characteristics which make the nominee exceptional

Criteria for the Outstanding Thesis Award

  • Creativity and Originality
  • Depth
  • Significance
  • Clarity of Expression
  • Methodology
  • Overall Quality

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