Outstanding Research Award

Applications open: Monday, January 11, 2021

Applications close: Monday, February 8, 2021


Award Overview

The Outstanding Research Award recognizes graduate and professional students that exemplify excellence in research on all ASU campuses. The award aims at fostering the development of innovative projects or research of interdisciplinary character that demonstrate a positive impact on the academic/local community with a notable contribution to their field. The Award is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Who is eligible?
All students enrolled in a graduate or professional program who have completed an independent research project in any field of knowledge (or) currently pursuing non-coursework, original research endeavors (for e.g. Master’s or Ph.D. research project) before the end of their current degree are eligible candidates.
*Applicants can only receive each award once during the completion of their academic degree.

What is the prize?
The winners of the Outstanding Research Award receive a $750 monetary prize, GPSA-endorsed certificate for Research Excellence, recognition on GPSA website and newsletter and are honored at the prestigious GPSA Awards Ceremony in Spring 2021.

*The prize amount is taxed for International Students.


Application Process

1. Apply August 20-September 16, by 11:59 PM Arizona MST

    • All applicants need to submit an online application through Zoom Grants along with your CV and letter of recommendation (see required documents below) by September 16, 2020..
    • Important note: Because we evaluate applications in a blind review process, please make sure your name does not appear on the Zoomgrants application (only your initials, such as J.S. for John Smith) or on any of the documents. If necessary, blackout your name from headers, listed publication titles, events, etc. If your name appears, your application will be disqualified. No exceptions will be made.
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2. Zoomgrants Evaluations: September 16– October 19

  • Each application will be thoroughly evaluated—in a blind review process—by trained peer-reviewers. Their evaluation criteria will follow (but not be limited to) creativity, innovation, contributions to the field of research, positive impact on people’s lives and society at large, and dissemination of findings. Consult the applicant rubric for scoring criteria.

2. Winners notified by: November 5

  • The The Awards Committee reaches the final decisions based on the online application and the required documents.
  • GPSA will promptly email award letters to the winners.
  • Winners are awarded $750 prize and a GPSA-endorsed research excellence certificate for their contribution to their field of knowledge at the prestigious GPSA Awards Ceremony in Spring 2021.


Application’s Required Documents

All the online applications are completed through Zoom Grants website hereThe application consists of questions regarding the originality, impact, contributions, and future applications of your research project. 

The research portfolio (to be uploaded to each individual application) is comprised of the following documents:

  • An abbreviated CV (no more than 4 pages) highlighting research and scholarship. *Please do not include your name on the CV, as we maintain a blind review process.
  • letter of recommendation from either a staff, faculty, or community member familiar with the applicant’s research. *Ask your recommender to not include your name on the letter, due to our blind review process.


Become a Reviewer

We are looking for graduate students to serve as reviewers for the Teaching Excellence Award Program. Reviewers are key players in recognizing outstanding and diligent graduate student teaching.

Who is eligible?

Graduate students across all ASU campuses (including online students) are eligible to apply. If you wish to apply for the Spring 2020 TEA or any other GPSA Awards offered in Spring 2020, please do not apply to be a reviewer.

What are the benefits?

  • Grant programs such as GPSA Research and Travel Grants look for community service in their applicants. Your community service as a reviewer will help with your own funding applications.
  • Reviewer Certificate upon successful completion of BOTH Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 review periods.
  • GPSA Recognition for use with your online professional portfolio.
  • Peer-review experience a plus, especially for careers in academia, publishing and scientific research.
  • Exclusive reviewer social, opportunities to win goodies and connect with fellow graduate students.

How to apply?

If you would like to be a Reviewer, please fill out the Reviewer Interest form here. Once you complete the mandatory online training, you will be ready to serve as a reviewer.



If you have questions, please contact GPSA’s Awards Team (gpsa.awards@gmail.com).



The Outstanding Research Award program is run by the Office of Professional Development, overseen by the Vice President of Professional Development and the Director of Awards.


Past Award Recipients

Spring 2019