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 master's student and one doctoral 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 the Student Leadership Awards ceremony and at their school's graduation ceremony.