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Stanford Report, March 11, 1998

Nominations sought for Commencement Awards: 3/98

Nominations sought for Cox medal and Gores, Dinkelspiel and Cuthbertson Awards

Nominations are currently being sought for the Gores, Dinkelspiel and Cuthbertson awards. Any member of the Stanford community may nominate for one or more of the awards, and nominations received by April 3 will be considered for the awards presented at commencement June 14. Nominations are also sought for the Allan Cox medal.

The Walter G. Gores Awards, the university's highest honor for teaching, recognize excellence in lecturing, tutoring, advising and discussion leading in both graduate and undergraduate teaching. The annual awards are usually made in the following categories: associate or full professor, or senior lecturer; junior faculty member or member of the teaching staff; and teaching assistant, undergraduate or graduate.

The Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Awards recognize distinctive and exceptional contributions to undergraduate education in areas such as curriculum design, program development, advising excellence, residential education, committee leadership and extracurricular education. Two awards are given to graduating seniors who have combined outstanding academic achievement with significant contributions to undergraduate student life. The awards are usually made in the following categories: a graduating senior woman; a graduating senior man; a faculty or staff member with 10 or more years of service at Stanford; and a faculty or staff member with less than 10 years of service at Stanford.

The Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award recognizes all types of exceptional contributions to the university, including administrative, professional or educational efforts. These might include distinguished and continuous service to the university and inventiveness in meeting broad institutional objectives. One award is generally made each year.

Nominations should be sent to the Subcommittee on University and Departmental Honors. c/o Office of the Registrar, Old Union Room 135, mail code 3005. The letter may be brief, but it must clearly explain why a candidate is deserving of an award. Nomination packages with multiple letters and supporting documentation are most successful, but individual nominations are also welcome. Nominations, which remain active for two years, are reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff and students.

The Allan Cox Medal is awarded annually to a faculty member who has established a record of excellence directing undergraduate research. It may also go to a faculty member who has done an outstanding job with just one or two undergraduates whose work is unusually superior. Faculty nominees may be from any school in the university. In addition to a bronze medal, the winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize.

Letters of nomination should be sent to Laura Selznick, Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities, 122 Sweet Hall, mail code 3088 (or send e-mail to Laura.Selznick@forsythe) by May 8. The Cox Medal will be presented at the Firestone/Golden Medal award ceremony on June 13. SR