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Rising Star Award

The Award recognizes and rewards outstanding service by administrative, support, and technical staff employees in the College of Engineering.


  • All staff who do not hold faculty status and work at least two-thirds time are eligible.
  • Nominees must have completed between one and three consecutive years of staff service in the College of Engineering.
  • Staff are only eligible to receive this award once, please see the list of past recipients.


The Rising Star award is intended to recognize an emerging leader in higher education whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession and continued increased levels of leadership and responsibility. Successful candidates will have not yet reached a senior-level position, but their track-record should reflect a strong potential for an appointment at a higher level of the profession.  The staff member may have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  • Demonstrated exceptional and ongoing achievements and have made significant and demonstrable contributions to their institution(s) and to the profession
  • Engaged in behaviors resulting in positive outcomes in projects, publications, activities, or initiatives that in total demonstrate exceptional early and ongoing achievement
  • Evidence that the contributions/innovations of the candidate are having a sustained and positive impact on the institution and/or the profession
  • Looked for ways to help his/her coworkers; responded positively to requests for assistance; shared information and ideas to help others achieve their goals
  • Supported team decisions and projects; actively contributed time and effort to help the team achieve its shared goals

Candidates should have performed in a manner that substantially exceeds the normal expectation for a staff member.


The Staff Initiative Committee will select award recipients.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be initiated by College of Engineering staff, students, faculty, and/or administrators.  Each nominator, however, may nominate only one employee for this award each year. Complete nominations are required NO LATER THAN April 8, 2020.

The nomination packet should consist of ONE pdf file emailed to (separate emails will not be accepted) containing the following:

  • one letter of nomination including the names of the nominator(s) and the nominee which should include the rationale for the nomination and pertinent accomplishments; the letter will be preferably one page and a maximum of two pages in length;
  • a letter of support from the COE department chair or director, if not included among the nominators above;
  • a maximum of three letters of support from current or former students and/or College/University colleagues.

If you have any questions, please email

Past Recipients

2020 David Deeter CEE
2020 Noah Joseph BioE
2019 Matthew Burns FYE
2019 Taryn Quiroa Sullivan CEE
2018 Rebecca Jacobson BioE
2017 Erin Schnepp Undergraduate Academic Advising
2017 Carolina Venegas-Martinez CEE
2016 Gabrielle Fiorenza Co-op
2016 Nicole Nightingale Dean’s Office
2015 Greg Anderson Computer Center
2015 Arianna Kaplan CEE
2014 Daniel Sullivan STEM