Pioneering Spirit Awards Banquet
During the month of April the GCS hosts the annual Pioneering Spirit Awards banquet to celebrate graduate students and those who support them. This event allows the GSC to recognize distinguished graduate students, graduate faculty, and staff members by awarding them for their outstanding contributions in the graduate community at Texas Woman’s University.
Watch a video of the 3rd annual Pioneering Spirit Awards Banquet from April 2017.
Pioneering Spirit Award Winners for 2019
Graduate Assistant Award of Excellence - Joseph Reyes, MA Music Therapy & MS in Counseling
Graduate Research Assistant Award of Excellence - Patricia Flint, PhD in Special Education
Graduate Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence - James Fraley, PhD in Rhetoric
Master’s Student Award of Excellence - Kalia Aparicio, Master’s in Healthcare Administration
Doctoral Student Award of Excellence - Heather Gerling, PhD in Sociology
Distinguished Staff Member - Dr. Lionel Faure, Biology
Distinguished Graduate Faculty Member - Dr. Camelia Maier, Biology
Distinguished Department - Department of English, Speech & Foreign Languages
Graduate Faculty, Staff, and Department Awards
The following awards offer graduate students an opportunity to highlight faculty, staff, and departments for outstanding support of our educations at TWU and beyond:
The Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award
This award honors an outstanding faculty member for extraordinary teaching and contributions to graduate education. Mentorship is foundational to the mission of TWU and is of great consideration in this award. Faculty distinguished by this award display a devotion to graduate students that marks the utmost dedication to our educational community.
The Distinguished Staff Supporting Graduate Students Award
This award recognizes support staff members who help create the behind-the-scenes foundation of our learning community. This is distinguished through excellence in job performance, a positive, supportive attitude, and other contributions made to enable TWU to fulfill its educational mission.
The Distinguished Department Supporting Graduate Students Award
This award recognizes a department for overall contributions to the support of graduate students. These contributions might include excellence in teaching, availability of research opportunities for students, TWU community relations, graduate mentoring, outreach and professional development, administration, and staff support.
Graduate Student Awards
The following awards offer departments an opportunity to highlight students for their outstanding work as graduate students:
The Graduate Student Teaching Award of Excellence
This award recognizes the contributions of a graduate student to teaching and learning at TWU. This is a tremendously important award as it honors outstanding graduate students, reminds the campus that teaching is a central part of the university’s mission, and can inspire students and professors to give increased attention to the educational process.
The Graduate Assistant Award of Excellence
This award recognizes a graduate student who has served in positions of administrative and educational support to other faculty and staff members. This award pays tribute to the behind-the-scenes efforts of an exceptional individual and her/his contributions to the undergraduate learning community here at TWU.
The Graduate Research Assistant Award of Excellence
This award recognizes a student for outstanding contributions to the research community here at TWU. The award focuses on both the student’s independent research experience and collaborative research projects. The novelty and implications of research performed are also considered.
The Doctoral Student Award of Excellence
This award honors an exceptional doctoral student for their significant contributions and accomplishments in the experiential learning of a doctoral program here at TWU. This award confers honor upon individuals who, by their contributions to their field and the community, have brought recognition to themselves and the university.
The Master's Student Award of Excellence
This award recognizes a distinguished Master’s student for their scholastic aptitude, creative contributions beyond the degree or departmental requirements, and commitment to igniting potential, purpose and a pioneering spirit. This award bestows honor upon a scholar who intentionally develops the learning community at TWU in such areas as cohort leadership and community citizenship.