Graduate Student Award for Service Projects that Enhance The Public Good

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  1. The relationship between graduate education and the public good is currently receiving increased attention and promotion by several national organizations including the Council of Graduate Schools. (e.g., see their publication Graduate Education and The Public Good, 2008)
  2. This award is designed to encourage and to recognize graduate student service projects at ETSU that enhance the public good, broadly defined as service to the community or university.


  1. One award is given out each year.
  2. The award consists of a plaque and a monetary honorarium of $250.


  1. Service must have "promoted the public good", not for personal or financial gain.
    • Common examples of public goods include: defense and law enforcement, environmental goods and environmental crises, health promotion, counseling and support services, public education, global needs, humanitarian aid, public history projects, information management, etc.
  2. Service should be directly related to the graduate student's educational experience at ETSU.
  3. No paid services may be considered.
  4. Service effort must have occurred during the student's graduate tenure at ETSU.
  5. Students may receive this award only once.


  1. The student is nominated by an ETSU graduate faculty member using the nomination form. Download the form here.
  2. Although individual departments may wish to develop their own nomination procedures, all nominations for the award must be routed through and approved by the Department Chair.
  3. All nomination materials must be sent to Associate Dean Karin Bartoszuk at the School of Graduate Studies, ETSU Box 70720, Johnson City, TN 37614 or via email at


  1. A letter of nomination from the Graduate Coordinator that includes a description of the service project, and it must be cosigned by the Department Chair.
  2. All nominees are required to submit a service portfolio that includes the following information:
    • A service philosophy statement written by the student.
    • A letter from the nominee describing the service including the time and/or level of commitment required to complete nomination project(s).
      • May include any additional service activities (e.g. , ETSU sponsored projects) that are not directly related to the nominee's program of study.
    • Two letters of endorsement that address significance of the impact of service(s) performed
      • One from the supervisor of the services performed.
      • One from anyone in the community who has had an opportunity to observe the performance of the service.


  1. The application deadline is March 1st each year.
  2. Decisions should be reached by the first week of April.
  3. A committee of one Graduate School dean; two Graduate Council members; and two regular, full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members with graduate status will evaluate the applications.
  4. Grant recipients will be notified through a letter from the School of Graduate Studies. Notification will occur by the beginning of April. Copies of the letter will be sent to their advisory committee chair and their departmental chair. An award ceremony will be held later in April to recognize award recipients.

List of Service Award Recipients

2012 - 2013

2011 - 2012

2009 - 2010

2008 - 2009