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Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence

The Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  The award is given to a student pursuing a Ph.D. and has completed at least four semesters of study.  The applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • High academic potential and achievement
  • Leadership and community involvement (campus or local community)
  • Commitment to and passion for the chosen field of study
  • Personal sacrifice for his/her education
  • Effort above and beyond the call of duty

The recipient of the Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence will be invited to the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet and will receive a medal and a monetary award.

Applicants must submit the following to their respective college/department (materials should specifically address the five evaluation criteria listed above) as one pdf document:

  1. Letter of nomination from the student’s supervisory committee chair.
  2. Brief CV – two page maximum.
  3. Personal statement – two page maximum.
  4. Two additional letters of support.
  5. Waiver of Access Form.

Each college/department will review the submissions, make their selection(s) and submit the appropriate number of nominees to the Office of the Provost.

The Provost’s Office will add a copy of the student’s UT transcript to the packet prior to committee review.

All nomination packets must be submitted as one electronic pdf format by 5:00 p.m., December 18, 2020 to Angie Cross.