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Each year, the Lehigh community is encouraged to honor the outstanding Lehigh students, faculty and staff who help make this community great. .  Winners are honored at the Deans' Awards Luncheon on Wednesday,  April 22, 2020 in the picturesque Wood Dining Room.  


Graduate Life Leadership Award 

Teacher Assistant of the Year Award 

Graduate Student Commencement Speaker 

Graduate Student Senate Champions Award 




Grad Student Awards and Grad Student-Nominated Awards

Graduate Life Leadership Award

Nominate a graduate student in good standing who has shown exemplary commitment, leadership and service to the Lehigh graduate student community and whose efforts have made significant contribution to graduate student life. Carries a $200 cash prize. Self-nominations will not be considered. Faculty, staff, and students (both undergrad and graduate) are invited to nominate.

The Graduate Commencement Speaker should be a doctoral student expecting to graduate in May ’20, or who has graduated in September ’19 or January ’20.  The speaker should be someone who has produced excellent and interesting research and would be an exemplar of the graduate experience. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to nominate.  Self nominations will not be considered.

Graduate Student Champion Award

This award is to recognize those individuals who on a regular basis serve as champions for graduate students. Some perform deeds that are simple, some extraordinary, but every recipient practices a care and concern for the well-being of graduate students that deserves a public thank-you.  Graduated students are invited to nominate faculty, staff, students and past students.  Self-nominations will not be considered.

Hillman Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising

Nominate a Graduate Student Advisor who has shown excellence in teaching, research or advancing the interests of Lehigh University. Guiding students through their exploration and pursuit of an academic course of study or assisting students in the development and/or completion of research related to their degree program.  Traditionally the University reserves this award for those who have distinguished themselves through long-term excellence or service to the institution. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible).    

Louis & Helen Zirkel Library Staff Award

Nominate a Staff-person associated with any of the Lehigh Libraries who has shown outstanding performance and service. The Library Users Committee will select the winner.

Graduate Student Merit Awards-Nominate a graduate student who represents academic excellence combined with exemplary character and leadership within the graduate student community and represents the traditions of Lehigh University. This is the highest honor bestowed upon a graduate student by the Alumni Association.  

Awards Receptions Open to Graduate Students

Dean's Appreciation Luncheon--Wednesday, April  22, 2020 -Noon to 1:30, Wood Dining Room at Mountaintop - Signups will open end of March 2020.

The recipients of the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, Graduate Life Leadership Award and Graduate Student Senate Champions Award will be honored during the Dean's Appreciation Luncheon.

Undergraduate Nominated Awards

TA of the Year Award

While Graduate students are not allowed to nominate, they should definitely know about this award!

" Do you know a fabulous TA graduate student that has made a difference? This award is given to a graduate student Teacher Assistant in recognition of extraordinary performance as a teaching assistant at Lehigh University. The following areas are used as a basis for evaluating outstanding performance: overall impact on Lehigh students and improving student, faculty and staff interactions."). Each will carry with it a $500 cash prize and recognition by the University. (Post Doc TAs are not eligible).