Outstanding Graduate Program Coordinator Award

About the Award

Graduate Studies recognizes the vital role graduate program coordinators play in supporting UC Davis graduate students. Graduate program coordinators are often a graduate student’s first point of contact and can advise students on nearly every aspect of the graduate program from orientation to graduation. They also provide an invaluable role in directing graduate students to personal and professional resources that help them successfully fulfill their academic goals.

Awardees will receive a letter of recognition from the Dean of Graduate Studies, acknowledgement at the annual Advising Graduate Students Conference, a gift card, and one year membership to NACADA (the global community for academic advising). 


  • Serve as the primary graduate program coordinator for one or more graduate programs.
  • Have been a coordinator for at least one year.

Who May Nominate

UC Davis graduate students, staff, or faculty.  Graduate program coordinators may self-nominate. 


Nominees must have an outstanding record of advising and supporting graduate students in their program. Selection will recognize the following principles (based on NACADA Region Awards):

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Professional practices
  • Documented success at the program level
  • Documented coordinator development

Also encouraged are coordinators who have:

  • Instituted innovative, new, or effective ways to advise or support graduate students.
  • Shown a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Made a positive impact on graduate students and/or the graduate program.


Nominations can be submitted using the form below. Initial nomination materials will follow NACADA guidelines and consist of:

  • Nomination letter. The letter should outline the nominee’s qualifications and provide evidence and specific examples that demonstrate outstanding performance. We encourage the letter to include quotes or comments from faculty, colleagues and/or students. The letter should be no more than three pages, single spaced. (Upload as one document below). 
  • Optional letters of support. Up to two additional letters of support may be submitted. These letters may come from faculty, staff, or graduate students who can further support the nomination. Letters should be no more than two pages single spaced. (Upload as one document below).

Nomination deadline: June 30, 2021


Selection of finalists and recipients will be made by the Graduate Studies Coordinator Award Review Committee.

If selected, awardees will be asked to provide a Resume/CV and a personal philosophy statement.

Questions can be sent to Rachel de los Reyes, Director of Advising and Academic Services, at radelosreyes@ucdavis.edu

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