The Graduate School invites nominations for the Dr. Hari S. & Dr. Renuka R. Sethi Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship is provided through the Dr. Hari S. & Dr. Renuka R. Sethi Graduate Scholarship Fund and is a merit-based graduate scholarship program with preference given to domestic or international graduate students studying in the areas of fisheries science or human development.

Award Details

Two scholarships, valued at $1,500 each, are anticipated for the 2022-23 academic year. The scholarship will be disbursed in full during the fall 2022 term. This award may be offered in addition to a graduate assistantship or fellowship.

Eligibility

  • Nominee must be a current master’s or doctoral student in either fisheries science or human development and family sciences, OR, the nominee has submitted an application for graduate admission and is considered regularly admissible in either fisheries science or human development and family sciences
  • Nominee must plan to enroll in at least 3 graduate credits during the fall 2022 term

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality of the nomination materials in addressing:
    • The nominee’s previous academic success
    • The nominee’s scholarly potential
    • The nominee’s commitment, persistence, and leadership
    • The nominee’s life experiences and background

Nomination Period

The nomination period begins on September 27, 2021. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., March 14, 2022. Awards will be determined in April, 2022.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee's graduate program director, department chair/head or appropriate college leadership. Students may not apply directly for this award. Each unit (as defined by university major code) may nominate no more than TWO nominees (total) per award cycle.

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_Sethi.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.

  1. A statement from the nominee (1 page maximum) that speaks to the following areas:

    1. Their academic merit and intellectual vitality

      • This can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, their commitment and persistence related to previous academic pursuits, their intellectual curiosity and commitment, and the strengths and skills they bring to their graduate studies.
    2. A discussion of their skills, knowledge, and previous experiences and how those contribute/will contribute to:
      1. fostering an inclusive and diverse university community
      2. the areas of fisheries science or human development
    3. How this award will support them in their graduate studies.
  2. A nominating letter (1 page maximum) from college leadership or the nominee’s major professor, unit chair/head addressing the following:

    1. The nominee’s previous academic success, scholarly potential, and the potential to grow and succeed in graduate studies.

      • This can be demonstrated by a combination of possible indicators including, but not limited to, prior coursework, degrees, and institutions of higher education; honors, awards, scholarships, or other academic distinctions; scholarly activity at previous institution(s) or employment; scholarly engagement in volunteer or service activities, membership in professional organizations, and research endeavors; the nominee’s skills and aptitudes that support scholarly activity; skills and aptitudes that would support academic success such as motivation, persistence, self-direction, planning, organization, and initiative.
    2. The nominee’s commitment, persistence, and leadership including personal resolve, dedication, and initiative.
      • This can be demonstrated by a combination of indicators including, but not limited to, progression of academic performance over time and contextual factors; extracurricular involvement including the diversity of activities, duration and type of involvement, and growth in leadership; community service or volunteerism; quality and impact of leadership role(s); personal hardships or obstacles encountered and evidence of resilience.
    3. The nominee’s life experiences and background including the diversity and richness of an individual’s background and the value those bring to the academic context.
      • This can be demonstrated by a combination of indicators including, but not limited to, previous institution(s) attended; previous participation in educational or scholarly programs; previous work experiences; special talents or skills; experiences with overcoming substantial educational or economic obstacles; experience living or working in diverse environments; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; cross-cultural experiences and opportunities for meaningful engagement with those different from self.
  3. A copy of the nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae

    Nomination Form

    Submit a nomination

    Questions

    For questions about this award or any Graduate School administered awards, please contact our Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships team