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Nominations & Awards

Thesis Awards

The Alumni Association has established thesis awards designed to support excellence in student research and are awarded on the basis of merit. Criteria considered in the selection of awardees include: originality of thought, strength of argument and a well planned research design. Proposals are evaluated in a blind-review process.

Deadline

The application deadline is March 31, 2015.

Roger Miller Dissertation Grant

The Roger Miller Dissertation Grant was established to support the highest level of scholarly dissertation research on at-risk populations by Doctoral candidates at Smith College School for Social Work. This annual grant was established by the Executive Committee of the School's Alumni Association as a tribute to, and in honor of, Professor Emeritus Roger Miller.

Deadline

The application deadline is May 9, 2015.

Day-Garrett Award

The Day-Garrett Award, established in 1978, is presented annually to one person or more who have been outstanding contributors to professional social work and who have been significant members of the Smith College School for Social Work educational community. By a member of the Smith community, we mean former administrators, part and/or full- three-quarter time faculty and graduates of the school.

The award is to be given to those who, in the judgment of the Committee, have personified in their lives and service to the community the high purpose of professional service for which the school is renowned. This can include publication, teaching, administration, direct service, innovative programming and creation of policy.

The recipient is chosen by a presidential appointed Award Committee consisting of two members of the Board of Trustees, two alumni, two full-time faculty members, two part-time faculty members, and two field faculty representatives. The Committee will select its own chair.

Deadline

Nominations must be postmarked by February 15, 2015.

Honorary Alumna/us Award

Beginning in 1997, the alumni of Smith College School for Social Work have honored individuals associated with the School who are not alumni by awarding the status of Honorary Alumna/us. The purpose of this award is to recognize those individuals who have rendered distinguished service to the Alumni Association and/or the School, or who have otherwise attained distinction deserving of recognition by the Smith College School for Social Work Alumni Association.

Nomination and Selection Process

Nominations are solicited in various ways from all alumni of the School for Social Work. Nominations must be made in writing using the nomination form and should be directed to the Honorary Alumna/us Award Committee, Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Alumni Affairs, Lilly Hall, Northampton, MA 01063. The deadline is February 15, 2015.

The Chair of the Nomination Committee also chairs the Honorary Alumna/us Award Committee. Nominations are reviewed and a recipient selected at the fall Executive Committee meeting. No more than two recipients will be chosen annually. Recipients will be notified in writing by the Alumni Association President and will be presented at the discretion of the Committee and at the convenience of the recipients.

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Alumni Volunteer Award

The purpose of the Alumni Volunteer Award is to recognize a Smith College School for Social Work alumna or alumnus who has rendered distinguished service to the Alumni Association, current students, and/or the School. Current faculty, staff and Executive Committee members are not eligible for this award.

Some examples of service might include providing psychotherapy at reduced rates to students in the field; service on the Executive Committee; supporting students in the field; supporting alumni relations; supervising and/or mentoring students or alumni; supporting continuing education; helping in recruiting new students; supporting the School's fundraising efforts.

Nomination and Selection Process

Nominations shall be made in writing using the nomination form and directed to the Alumni Volunteer Award Committee prior to the November Executive Committee meeting. Nominations for this award can be made by alumni or by other constituents. Nominations will be reviewed and the recipients will be notified in writing by the Alumni Association president. Awards will be announced to all alumni. Presentation of the award will be at the discretion of the committee and at the convenience of the recipients.