Superior Teaching and Research (STAR) Award

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The STAR award is a scholarship award given to a graduate student in the College of the Liberal Arts. This award is to recognize students who have excelled in all aspects of their graduate program. Funds are provided to support specific projects or activities that will advance the student’s professional and scholarly development.

Preference is given to doctoral candidates. While this award may support activities that enhance the student’s dissertation, the award is not intended to support dissertation research. Students can apply for dissertation support through the RGSO dissertation support competition:


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year (i.e., there is no specific call for nomination or deadlines). Applications received after June 1st cannot be awarded until the next fall semester.


The director of graduate studies of the program in which a student is enrolled nominates a student on the basis of merit, considering both the student’s record of accomplishment and the impact of the award on future achievement.


Applications, which include a cover sheet and nominating statement, should be submitted in hard copy or as a pdf to , 105 Sparks. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lynn Sebulsky at (814) 867-4357 .

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