Undergraduate Outstanding Achievement Award

The Dean’s Undergraduate Outstanding Achievement Award is given to the student who demonstrates an exceptional level of creative achievement throughout the student’s undergraduate studies in relation to peers within the student’s discipline. The criteria is based on the quality of both the student’s creative achievements and presentation. The student should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major.

Each student selected by the respective department to present his/her creative achievement to the CCFA Leadership Team will receive a $100 check and a plaque. The Dean’s Creative Achievement Award winner will receive $250 and a plaque. All selected students will be recognized at the university-wide Honors Assembly.

Selection criteria for departmental nominee

  • The chair of each department will send out a call for nominations to all faculty
  • The faculty should submit a brief statement detailing how the student meets the criteria
  • The nominated student will submit a curriculum vitae and summary of a specific creative project
  • The student nominations should be reviewed by the departmental scholarship/awards committee and the final recommendation should be forwarded to the department chair
  • The chair will forward that recommendation to the CCFA Dean and Honors Assembly Coordinator
  • Each chair should ensure that the department award nominee has a dedicated faculty member to advise the student in preparing for the presentation to the CCFA Leadership Team

Award criteria

1)  Creative Accomplishments (60%)
       A. Scholarship and creative outcomes throughout the course of undergraduate studies should:

  • Show increasingly complex levels of engagement with the nominee’s subject matter
  • Embrace innovative approaches to knowledge acquisition, critical analysis, and problem solving
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm for exploring different perspectives and developing new skills

       B. The featured creative project (which may be practice-based or academically focused) should:

  • Show a sophisticated understanding of, and critical engagement with, the nominee’s subject matter
  • Challenge, enhance or investigate the paramenters of the nominee’s discipline

2) Presentation (40%)

The presentation of the nominee’s creative achievement should:

  • include commentary on both the body of the nominee’s work throughout the course of the nominee’s undergraduate studies and on the nominee’s featured creative project
  • be informative, persuasive, coherent and articulate
  • include pertinent visual examples of the nominee’s creative accomplishments (e.g. via PowerPoint, film clips, images of art work, designs, musical/theatrical/dance performance excerpts, textual excerpts)