Dean's Excellence Awards


Let the love of learning rule humanity.
- Phi Kappa Phi Motto

The Dean's Excellence awards were created to recognize top first-year and sophomore students for their achievements. This university-wide award is presented annually to two (2) first-year students and two (2) sophomores in each college who display exceptional promise. The award is administered in partnership with the TAMU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, one of the oldest and most prestigious honor societies in the world. The goal of the Dean's Excellence awards is to identify and honor those students who exemplify the Phi Kappa Phi motto to "let the love of learning rule humanity."


Eligibility

  • All applicants must be fulltime students and a member of the awarding college (as shown in university records). Applicants must not possess a record of academic dishonesty or any student conduct violations.
  • To compete in the first-year category a student must have been admitted to TAMU through the Freshman admissions process in the fall or spring semester immediately preceding the application due date.‚Äč
  • To compete in the sophomore category a student must have completed at least 2 but no more than 4 fall/spring semesters at any institution by the application due date.

Timeline

  • Applications Due: 11:59AM Friday, June 16, 2017 (No Exceptions)
  • Letters of recommendation are also due by 11:59AM Friday, June 16, 2017
  • Semifinalists Announced: Early August
  • Finalists Announced: Early
  • September Awardees Announced: Early October

Application Components

Completed applications consist of 5 documents formatted according to the guidelines below.

5 Required Documents

  1. Personal Statement
  2. Research and/or Creative Production
  3. Community Engagement
  4. Accomplishments/Awards
  5. Unofficial TAMU Transcript

Document Formatting Requirements

  • With the exception of transcripts, each document should be:
    • Single-spaced
    • 12pt font
    • No longer than 1 page
  • Including transcripts, each document should be:
    • In PDF format
    • Saved as 'Last Name_UIN_Document Type
      • Example: A personal statement would be saved as Smith_123004567_Personal Statement

5 Required Documents Explained

  1. Personal statement
    Discuss your background and interests in relation to both your short-term goals and life ambitions. Remember that a good personal statement not only answers the question, 'what?' but also the question, 'why?'.
  2. Research and/or Creative Production
    Discuss any research you have conducted or are currently conducting and any creative endeavors you pursue (music, art, theatre, creative writing, etc.). Remember that reviewers will not necessarily be experts in your field.
  3. Community Engagement

    Discuss the ways in which you engage with your university, local, national, or even international community. How do you find meaning in this engagement? What have you learned from the experience?

  4. Accomplishments/Awards
    Explain any notable milestones or achievements and contextualize them within your interests and goals.
  5. Unofficial TAMU transcript
    The transcript should come from Howdy. Applicants should select the option for a PDF version of the transcript.

Letters of Recommendation

WARNING
Recommenders must have your UIN to submit the letter of recommendation!!!
Please do not forget to give them this information.

Each application must be accompanied by two (2) letters of recommendation. There is no page limit for the letters of recommendation. Requirements are:

  • Academic Reference

    This reference must be someone at TAMU who has provided academic instruction or guidance.A letter may obviously come from one of your course instructors but a research mentor could also be appropriate. The letter should discuss your academic abilities relative to your field and the reference's opinion of your role as a scholar.
  • General Reference

    This reference can come from anyone in the TAMU community (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ANOTHER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT) who can comment on the applicant's promise and potential with clear, specific examples. Ideally this letter would provide a different perspective than what is offered in the academic reference. If the student is double-majoring in two disparate fields they might request a letter from a course instructor in the other major. If a student is double-majoring in closely related fields (such as physics and math or psychology and sociology this may not be a good idea).

Award

Awardees will be honored with an official certificate at the annual Phi Kappa Phi Fall Breakfast in October.

Application

Students may access the application here

Recommenders should submit their letters of recommendation here