Mellon College of Science Guy C. Berry Graduate Research Award

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The Guy C. Berry Graduate Research Award

Approved by College Council 12 October 2004.
Amended 7 December 2005 and 2013.


To encourage and recognize excellence in research by MCS graduate students.


All graduate students in the Mellon College of Science are eligible for nomination. Each department in the college may nominate 1-2 graduate students. Students who have been nominated in the past, but who did not receive the award, are welcome to be nominated again.


The Dean of MCS will designate an MCS Associate Dean to be responsible for the administration of the nomination and selection process, including the calling for proposals and the convening of the Selection Committee.

Selection Committee

The recipient will be chosen by a committee appointed by the Dean of MCS that should include the MCS Associate Dean responsible for the committee and one faculty member per department. The chair to be appointed by the Dean. The faculty members serve two-year terms.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations are to be submitted electronically to the MCS Associate Dean's office in Doherty Hall, with a deadline to coincide with the deadline for the submission of nominations for the university-wide Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Nomination Requirements

Nominations should describe the qualities and activities of the nominee that make him or her an excellent candidate for the award. Nomination packets will include the following items.

The packet may also include one pre-print or reprint that illustrates the quality of the nominee’s research accomplishments.

Selection and Presentation

The Selection Committee operates under its own rules of procedure and communicates its decision to the Dean in April. The Guy C. Berry Graduate Research Award consisting of a certificate and check is presented to the recipient at the annual meeting of the MCS Faculty held at the end of the spring semester. At the discretion of the Dean of MCS, this award may not be presented every year.

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