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Graduate Student Awards - Graduate Student Award Descriptions

Note: The following summaries of graduate student awards are abstracted from formal descriptions of funds, scholarships, and awards and also include additional information on eligibility and selection criteria per current College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture (NSFA) policy.

George F. Dow Graduate Scholarship Fund was established in the University of Maine Foundation in 1975 for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, with gifts from and in honor of Dr. George Dow ’27. Income from the fund is used to provide scholarship assistance to graduate students. The recipients shall be selected on the basis of academic proficiency and promise for future development. Financial need is preferred, but not required.

  • Eligibility: Student in a NSFA graduate program. Thesis or dissertation research must be related to the goals and objectives of an approved project of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station. Applicants must have a student status in December of the academic year they apply for awards and in the following spring semester to receive associated scholarship funds.
  • Selection criteria: Academic and research performance during the applicant’s current program of study and promise for future development. Financial need is a secondary criterion. Candidates are required to give a research presentation to the selection committee.

Fred Griffee Memorial Award was established in 1952 by co-workers and friends in memory of Dr. Fred Griffee, Director of Maine Agricultural Experiment Station from 1931 to 1951. The income from this fund shall be awarded to a graduate student in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture on the basis of research ability, character and scholarship.

  • Eligibility: Student in a NSFA graduate program. Thesis or dissertation research must be related to the goals and objectives of an approved project of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station. Applicants must have a student status in December of the academic year they apply for awards and in the following spring semester to receive associated scholarship funds.
  • Selection criteria: Academic and research performance during the applicant’s current program of study and character. Candidates are required to give a research presentation to the selection committee.

The Norris Charles Clements Graduate Student Award was established in the University of Maine Foundation in May 1997 for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, with a bequest from Laurel Clements ’48 in honor of her father, Norris Charles Clements, a distinguished Maine poultry farmer who in 1953 was honored by the University of Maine as Maine’s Outstanding Farmer. Income shall be used to provide financial assistance for rewarding outstanding graduate students in agricultural sciences and to recognize the accomplishments of graduate students whose studies have the potential to make a significant contribution to Maine agriculture. Candidates should have training and be doing research in disciplines related to Maine agriculture, such as agronomy, soil science, animal and veterinary sciences, agricultural economics, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural engineering and other disciplines the dean deems contribute significantly to the well being of Maine agriculture. Students will be chosen for awards on the basis of their high academic standing, the quality of their research and their personal integrity.

  • Eligibility: Student in a NSFA graduate program. Thesis or dissertation research must be related to the goals and objectives of an approved project of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and be related to Maine agriculture. Applicants must have a student status in December of the academic year they apply for awards and in the following spring semester to receive associated scholarship funds.
  • Selection criteria: Academic and research performance during the applicant’s current program of study and character. Candidates are required to give a research presentation to the selection committee.

Graduate Research Excellence Award was established in 2008 to recognize graduate student excellence in research in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.

  • Eligibility: Student in a NSFA graduate program. While all graduate students in NSFA are eligible note that one purpose of this award was to provide an opportunity to recognize students not eligible for the Dow, Griffee, or Clements awards, which are restricted to students associated with the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station. Applicants must have a student status in December of the academic year they apply for awards.
  • Selection criteria: This award is based solely on research performance and scholarly activity. Specific criteria include (1) research accomplishments during the applicant’s current program of study, (2) quality of research and scholarly activity, and (3) quality of a research presentation to the selection committee. Candidates are required to give a research presentation to the selection committee.

Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award and Outstanding Master’s Degree Student Award were established in 2008 to recognize outstanding graduate students at the master’s and Ph.D. levels who have distinguished themselves in multiple ways.

  • Eligibility: Student in a NSFA graduate program. Applicants for the master’s and Ph.D. awards must be matriculated in those respective programs in December of the academic year they apply for these awards.
  • Selection criteria: (1) research and scholarly activity, (2) teaching, (3) professional activity, (4) university and public service, and (5) academic performance during the applicant’s current program of study. Activity in all of the above areas is not required for these awards. The competition, however, is typically keen, and award recipients excel in several categories.

Outstanding Professional Master’s Degree Student Award was established in 2014 to recognize outstanding graduate students in nonthesis masters programs who have distinguished themselves in multiple ways.

  • Eligibility: Students in NSFA graduate programs. Applicants for this award must be matriculated in their nonthesis master’s program in the December prior to the award competition.
  • Selection Criteria: (1) academic performance, (2) professional development and professionalism, (3) leadership, (4) university service, and (5) public service during and directly associated with the applicant’s current program of study.

Outstanding Service Award was established in 2008 to recognize graduate students with a distinguished record of service to the university in the form of teaching and/or other university and professional service.

  • Eligibility: Student in a NSFA graduate program. Applicants must have a student status in December of the academic year they apply for awards.
  • Selection criteria: (1) teaching accomplishments and quality, (2) service contributions to the university, (3) contributions to profession, and (4) public service activities during the applicant’s current program of study. Activity in both teaching and other service is not required for this award.
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