Harvey Waterman Medal of Excellence

Named in honor of Harvey L. Waterman, who served Rutgers graduate students for over 40 years as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Harvey Waterman Medal of Excellence celebrates exceptional scholarly achievements across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
Award Criteria
  • Exceptional achievements in academic research and scholarship
  • Significance of research to a given field of study
  • Track record of academic and professional excellence 
Eligibility Criteria
  • Nominees must have a PhD defense date scheduled between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.
  • Doctoral students must also be working with a dissertation advisor who holds a primary appointment in a non-RBHS school (Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, Graduate School of Education, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication & Information, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Management & Labor Relations, School of Social Work)
The winner of the Harvey Waterman Medal of Excellence will receive a commemorative plaque at our annual Awards Ceremony.
Nominations may be submitted for more than one SGS academic/merit award. However, nominees may only receive one award total.

All SGS graduate students, faculty, and staff may submit nominations for SGS Achievement & Merit Awards. Self-nominations are encouraged.

To submit a nomination, please visit our new Awards Portal, log in with your NetID and password, then follow the instructions.

The Awards Portal will close on March 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Please ensure that all materials--online nomination form plus required letters of recommendation--have been submitted before the deadline.

Once you enter the portal and begin the nomination process, you may upload recommender information and send recommendation letter requests to letter writers. Please send these requests as possible since recommenders must upload all materias by the March 1 submission deadline.

Additional Instructions for Nominators

  • Please note that individual graduate programs might establish earlier deadlines for internal review of Awards Portal nominations. If your graduate program has decided to adopt an earlier deadline for internal review, you will be notified by your program’s administrators.

Instructions for Graduate Directors

  • You will be notified when the Awards Portal is ready to accept Graduate Director rankings. At that time, you will be able to view all nomination packets and submit up to three finalists per award category for evaluation by SGS review committees.