Graduate School automates awards nomination process

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The Graduate School has just introduced a comprehensive, online system designed to make the nomination, review and award processes for faculty and student financial and recognition awards much more streamlined. From faculty development awards such as the Faculty Research Assignment (FRA) to the Graduate School's student fellowship competition to student recognition awards, each competition will convert from a paper-based process to the new web-based one. The FRA application is the first of these awards to make the transition and it is available for immediate use.

Marvin Hackert, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, says that the new system is designed to meet the needs of faculty and staff who participate in the process of nominating students, prospective students, or themselves, for awards. The electronic forms auto-populate many of the necessary fields, leading to fewer errors and less time spent entering information.

"It's not just a green effort, but a comprehensive award system that will hopefully make life easier for our nominees, nominators, and reviewers," says Hackert, who spearheaded the project.

The Graduate School offers a myriad of financial support options for faculty and students. Approximately two award competitions will convert to the online awards system each month over the next year, and thanks to Student Information Systems, the whole process should now be much smoother for everyone involved.

"It should be far easier on the staff and faculty who are doing the nominations," says Hackert.

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