»James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Award is awarded annually and is the highest honor for graduate students at Chapman University. The original Doti Award trophy, incorporating artist Nick Hernandez's sculpture Emergence, remains on perpetual exhibit in Argyros Forum. The trophy is engraved with the names of all Doti Award recipients.

The recipients of the Doti Award ( one doctoral student and one master's student) receive an award in the amount of $1,000 and a copy of the sculpture featured on the permanent award at Commencement. The recipient is publicly recognized at their school's graduation ceremony.

+-2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Award Recipients

Ms. Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D. in Education, Cultural and Curricular Studies emphasis, and Mr. Rene Israel German, Master of Science in Computational and Data Science, earned Chapman University’s 2015 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Awards.

Dr. Nicol R. Howard received a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in cultural and curricular studies. Her nomination from the College of Educational Studies stated, “She has demonstrated a consistent history of caring and service, along with an indefatigable and vibrant search for knowledge and the advancement of research to benefit children.” Dr. Howard’s research has recently focused on the predictability of STEM achievement in algebra for female high school students utilizing parent involvement. She has also written several articles focused on effective technology use in the classroom. In addition to teaching and developing courses at Chapman, Dr. Howard has been working in the public school system for the past eight years, and currently teaches in the Santa Ana Unified School District. 

Mr. Rene Israel German is receiving a Master of Science in computational and data science. His nomination from Schmid College of Science and Technology stated, “To those of us in the Schmid College that have gotten to know him since he arrived at Chapman over 12 years ago, Rene is more than just an outstanding student. He is a talented teacher, genuine mentor, and a dependable colleague.” He currently works in Chapman’s Machine Learning and Assistive Technology Lab, where he tackles research problems in autism and ABA therapy. Mr. German is an adjunct professor at Chapman and has served as Senior Software Engineer for Core Logic. Recently, he became Lead Software Engineer for grandPad, Inc.

+-Past Outstanding Graduate Student Award Recipients

2014

Mr. Ryan J. McGill, Ph.D. in Education, School Psychology emphasis, and Mr. Thomas C. Cottam, Master of Arts in International Studies, earned Chapman University’s 2014 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Awards.

2013

Ms. Amy Hanreddy, Ph.D. in Education, Disability Studies emphasis, and Ms. Valentina Marinac, Master of Arts in International Studies, earned Chapman University’s 2013 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Awards.

+-Criteria for Consideration

To qualify, nominees must have:

1. Received degree conferral in January 2014, or have applied for degree conferral for May or August 2014;
2. Exhibited academic excellence and outstanding professional leadership as a graduate student at Chapman University.

+-Selection Process

The selection procedure for the recipient of the Doti Award is as follows:
  1. The faculty of each school/college may select up to two nominees for submission from its cohort of graduates who qualify under the criteria.
  2. School/college nominations will be forwarded by staff to the Graduate Academic Council for selection of the recipient.
  3. The award recipient and his or her school/college will be notified in writing.
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