The Graduate School invites nominations for the Herbert F. Frolander Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant. The intent of this award is to recognize outstanding teaching and professional involvement, with both faculty and students, by a domestic or international graduate teaching assistant at Oregon State University.

Award Details

The recipient will receive a plaque with their name engraved on it and a cash award in the amount of $1,000. The plaque will be presented during University Day events held in fall 2020. This award may be offered in addition to a graduate assistantship or fellowship.


  • Student is a graduate student in a graduate degree-seeking program at Oregon State University
  • Student must plan to enroll in at least 3 graduate credits during the fall 2020 term
  • Student must have held a teaching assistantship for at least three terms within the preceding two years

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality of letter of nomination
  • Quality of additional letters of support
  • Quality of student’s teaching and professional interactions with students (as indicated by teaching evaluation scores, the diversity and range of courses taught, and letters of nomination/support)
  • Quality of student’s CV or résumé 

Nomination Period

The nomination period begins on October 1, 2019. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., May 1, 2020. Awards will be determined in June, 2020.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be submitted by the student's graduate program director or unit chair/head. Students may not apply directly for this award. Each unit (as defined by university major code) may nominate no more than one student (total) per award cycle.

    Nomination Form

    Submit a nomination

    Nomination form overview

    In the online nomination form, nominators will be required to prepare/upload the following materials as one PDF document using the following file name convention:
    "Nominee's Last Name_Department_Frolander.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.

    1. A letter of nomination from the student’s graduate program director or unit chair/head in which the nominee has been employed as a GTA. The letter should address how the student demonstrated outstanding teaching and excellent professional interaction with faculty and students during their GTA tenure.
    2. Up to two additional letters of support. Signed and unsigned comments solicited and received as part of the teaching evaluation process are not admissible.
    3. A completed Summary of Courses Taught form, including at least three terms of teaching within the preceding two years.
    4. A completed Summary of Teaching Evaluation Scores form, including departmental median scores. In some cases, college median score.
    5. A copy of the student’s résumé or curriculum vitae.