CSI Awards and Grants

RESEARCH AWARDS

In order to encourage research and scholarship in student involvement/engagement (including targeted research in the four functional areas the CSI oversees), the Commission for Student Involvement (CSI) will award two $500 research grants. All ACPA members are eligible. Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Commission membership is NOT required. 

Research question(s) must align with the various purpose and activities of the four functional areas of the CSI or their intersections (leadership education, student organizations/activities, community service, fraternity and sorority life). Additional consideration will be given to research that brings a critical and/or social justice lens. Grant money can support research in the following ways:

  • Marketing, promotion, or incentives to attract participants
  • Transcription assistance
  • Travel for researcher
  • Others as approved by the CSI's Vice Chair for Research 

Requirements of recipients

By submitting an application for the research grant, award recipients agree to the following requirements:

Within one year of receipt of the grant, author an article for the Interchange, the research and practice publication of the CSI. The article will be a short 2000-word maximum of the findings of the study. This would not preclude a lengthier, substantive article being published in a peer-reviewed journal. Recipients may request an extension from the Vice Chair for Research if the research is not yet complete following the one year timeline.

Within one year of receipt of the grant, the author must submit a program proposal for the annual ACPA national convention (2019). They must submit the program as a CSI sponsored Program. Recipients may request a one-year extension from the Vice Chair for Research, if necessary.

To apply, please upload a proposal. The proposal should be submitted in standard APA-format with the required sections outlined below.

Proposal must include:

  • Description of the issue being investigated
  • Research design
  • Description of sample population
  • Research timeline, including a completion date no later than Aug. 31, 2018
  • Description of significance of research to student affairs and the CSI
  • Hypothesis of possible conclusions

Please limit proposals to no more than eight (8) pages, excluding references and cover page. To apply, please click here.

Grant Timeline
10/17 Awards applications open and live
11/15 Application Closes at 5pm Eastern Time
12/5 Winners and nominators notified

If you have questions about the grant process, please contact Lauren Irwin, Vice Chair for Research with the Commission for Student Involvement at lauren.irwin22@gmail.com.

 

PAST RESEARCH AWARD WINNERS

Research Grant #1 – Natasha Turman, ““Shifting the Paradigm: A Critical Phenomenology Study Centering the Voices of Women of Color Collegians to (Re)Conceptualize Leadership.”

Research Grant #2 – Dr. Elizabeth Niehaus, ” “Exploring Student Involvement and Student Development in Caribbean Tertiary Education.”


MEMBER AWARDS

Each year the Commission has the opportunity to recognize contributions to the Association, the Commission, and to the general student affairs profession. Our Commission has seven awards for which you are able to nominate yourself or your peers. The awards recognize the contributions and enthusiasm of new professionals and graduate students who work and/or conduct research, those who have made a significant impact upon their department and/or campus through specific initiatives or by way of their day-to-day interactions with students and staff. The awards also attempt to acknowledge any regional and/or national involvement in the field.

It is preferred that the nominator, award recipient, or both attend Convention to accept the award. This is NOT required. 

Awards Timeline
10/17 Awards applications open and live
11/15 Application Closes at 5pm Eastern Time
12/5 Winners and nominators notified

If you have questions about the award process, please contact Brittani Wyskocil, Awards Coordinator, with the Commission for Student Involvement at wyskocil.b@gmail.com

Program of the Year

Outstanding Program Award honors an ACPA institution for an innovative program conceived by the campus that exceeds programming expectations in one of the four functional areas (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership) of the Commission for Student Involvement. The award is based on student involvement, creativity and the success of the program, as determined by the achievement of the stated program goals. The recipient of this award will have their program featured highlighted in one of the Commission’s publications.

Supporting documents to include in the nomination should include posters, flyers and a letter of support from the advisor, along with any other program material that will assist the committee with their decision. Also, please provide the name, phone number, and email address of a student or staff who could serve as a reference if the committee feels they need to gather more supporting information.

2017 Recipient - All Bears Can, Missouri State University

 

The Outstanding Masters Level Graduate Student Award

This award seeks to acknowledge an individual who has made a significant impact upon students, their department, and/or campus through specific initiatives or by way of their day-to-day interactions with others. The award also attempts to acknowledge regional and/or national participation in the field and service to the Commission for Student Involvement.

Nominee Criteria:

  • Must be a member of ACPA
  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in a related area
  • Must volunteer and/or conduct research in one of the four functional areas (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership) of the Commission for Student Involvement

Please include a letter of support from the nominee’s supervisor or colleague explaining why you believe the nominee is worthy of receiving this award. Please provide specific examples to illustrate the nominee’s outstanding qualities. Also, please provide the name, phone number, and email address of a student or staff who could serve as a reference if the committee feels they need to gather more supporting information. Please also provide the degree being sought by the nominee and confirmation from a faculty member that candidate is currently an enrolled graduate student.

 

The Outstanding Doctoral Level Graduate Student Award

This award seeks to acknowledge an individual who has made a significant impact upon students, their department, and/or campus through specific initiatives or by way of their day-to-day interactions with others. The award also attempts to acknowledge regional and/or national participation in the field and service to the Commission for Student Involvement. The recipient of this award will be invited to write an article for Interchange, the Commission’s quarterly publication to highlight their research.

Nominee Criteria:

  • Must be a member of ACPA and the Commission for Student Involvement
  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in a related area
  • Must volunteer and/or conduct research in one of the four functional areas of the Commission for Student Involvement

Please include a letter of support from the nominee’s supervisor or colleague explaining why you believe the nominee is worthy of receiving this award. Please provide specific examples to illustrate the nominee’s outstanding qualities. Also, please provide the name, phone number, and email address of a student or staff who could serve as a reference if the committee feels they need to gather more supporting information. Please also provide the degree being sought by the nominee and confirmation from a faculty member that candidate is currently an enrolled doctoral student.

2017 Recipient - Shayna Dixon, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

 

The Outstanding New Professional Award

This award seeks to acknowledge the individual who has made a significant impact upon students, their department, and/or campus through specific initiatives or by way of their day-to-day interactions with others. The award also attempts to acknowledge regional and/or national participation in the field and service to the Commission for Student Involvement.

Nominee Criteria:

  • Must be a member of ACPA and the Commission for Student Involvement
  • Has been working in the field 0-3 years
  • Has demonstrated a commitment and/or has made contributions to the Commission for Student Involvement

Please include a letter of support from the nominee’s supervisor or colleague explaining why you believe the nominee is worthy of receiving this award. Please provide specific examples to illustrate the nominee’s outstanding qualities. Also, please provide the name, phone number, and email address of a student or staff who could serve as a reference if the committee feels they need to gather more supporting information.

2017 Recipient - Tempris Daniels, University of Chicago

 

The Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award

The Mid-Level Outstanding Professional Award will be presented to a professional staff member from an ACPA member institution. The recipient will be invited to write for one of the Commission’s publications during the next year.

Nominee Criteria:

  • Must be a member of ACPA and the Commission for Student Involvement
  • Has been employed as a professional staff member in the field of student affairs for at least four years
  • Has demonstrated commitment to the profession through work both at his/her institution and through professional organizations Is viewed by colleagues as an educator
  • Involvement in and contributions to ACPA and/or the Commission for Student Involvement
  • Involvement in and contribution to one of the four functional areas (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership) of the Commission for Student Involvement
  • Nominees must be currently employed as a full-time (at least 9 months/year) professional staff member at a college or university

Please include a letter of support from the nominee’s supervisor or colleague explaining why you believe the nominee is worthy of receiving this award. Please provide specific examples to illustrate the nominee’s outstanding qualities. Also, please provide the name, phone number, and email address of a student or staff who could serve as a reference if the committee feels they need to gather more supporting information

2017 Recipient - Christine Hernandez, Mount Saint Mary's University

 

The Outstanding Senior-Level Professional Award

The Outstanding Senior-Level Professional Award will be presented to a professional staff member from an ACPA member institution. The recipient for this award will be featured in one of our publications in the upcoming year.

Nominee Criteria:

  • Must be a member of ACPA and the Commission for Student Involvement
  • Has been employed as a professional staff member in the field of student affairs for at least eight years
  • Has demonstrated commitment to the profession through work both at his/her institution and through professional organizations
  • Is viewed by colleagues as an educator
  • Displays genuine support and regard for students
  • Involvement in and contributions to ACPA and/or the Commission for Student Involvement
  • Involvement in and contribution to one of the four functional areas (fraternity/sorority affairs, organizations/activities, service/service-learning, and leadership )of the Commission for Student Involvement
  • Nominees must be currently employed as a full-time (at least 9 months/year) professional staff member at a college or university

Please include a letter of support from the nominee’s supervisor or colleague explaining why you believe the nominee is worthy of receiving this award. Please provide specific examples to illustrate the nominee’s outstanding qualities. Also, please provide the name, phone number, and email address of a student or staff who could serve as a reference if the committee feels they need to gather more supporting information.

 

The Outstanding Service to the Commission Award

The Outstanding Service to the Commission Award honors a professional staff member who has displayed exemplary service and commitment of time and energy to both the Commission for Student Involvement and the profession. The recipient has given outstanding service to the Commission, upheld professional standards showing integrity, and holds the esteem and appreciation of colleagues, students and peers.

Any ACPA member may submit a nomination, but only ACPA Commission for Student Involvement members may be nominated.

Nominee Criteria:

  • Must be a member of ACPA and the Commission for Student Involvement.
  • Involvement in and contributions to ACPA.
  • Involvement in and contributions to a Commission for Student Involvement functional area. Nominee's leadership position(s) within the Commission for Student Involvement Contributions to the individual's campus and/or agency
  • Displays genuine support and regard for students
  • Involvement in and contributions to one of the four functional areas of CSI

Please include a letter of recommendation, either one from a member of the Commission for Student Involvement and the other from the nominee's supervisor and/or colleagues/peers in the field.

2017 Recipient - Kaleb Briscoe, University of Nebraska- Lincoln