»James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate 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 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 their school's graduation ceremony.

+-2013-2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Award Recipients

Ryan J. McGill, Ph.D. in Education, School Psychology emphasis, and Thomas C. Cottam, 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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