Outstanding Graduate Support Staff Award

The quality and continuity of graduate programs at the University of Kansas, as well as the experience of the graduate students in the programs, depend in large measure on the talent and commitment of the graduate support staff. Staff members provide invaluable service to the University and its community of students, faculty, and staff. The Outstanding Graduate Support Staff Award recognizes the incredible contributions to graduate education made by these individuals.

Nomination Period: November 14 - December 9, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST


Nominees must have served as a graduate support staff for a minimum of two years by the award deadline. Past awardees are not eligible.   

Award Details

Awardees are presented with a cash prize.

Nomination/Application Process & Documents

Departments/programs must submit the following materials using an online form that can be accessed below.

Materials should address the nominee’s significant impact, which may involve some or all of the following:

  • Efficiency and effectiveness in administrative aspects of the graduate program—fiscal, programmatic, and personal—from the time students are recruited to the time they graduate
  • Proactive in exploring alternatives to current practices   
  • Responsiveness to faculty and student needs
  • Attention to accuracy and effective communication
  • A willingness to engage in professional development opportunities, such as learning new technology or new systems that enhance recruitment, admission, retention, progress toward degree, mentoring, and annual reviews of students, etc.
  • Provide a welcoming and supportive environment for students in their graduate studies.


  • 2021 | Charly Edmonds, Business

  • 2020 | Aagje Ashe, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

  • 2019 | Martha Kehr, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

  • 2018 | Anna Paradis, Engineering

  • 2017 | Jammie Johnson, Journalism and Mass Communications

  • 2016 | Denise Bridwell, Bioengineering

Nomination Form

Outstanding Graduate Support Staff Award
Deadline to Nominate: December 9, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST
Nominate Here