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Emerging Leader in Natural Sciences

The Emerging Leader in Natural Sciences Award is presented to outstanding 2nd year or above and/or transfer undergraduate student in natural sciences within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. The purpose of this award is to recognize the student who demonstrated a balance between academic achievements, leadership, and activities.


Award Eligibility

Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Currently enrolled as a 2nd year student or above, or transfer student within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. Qualifying majors: Earth Sciences; Environmental & Ecosystem Sciences; Environmental & Resource Sciences; Forestry; Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Sciences.


Nomination Packet Guidelines

Submit one electronic PDF document that includes each of the following numbered documents and email the PDF to CAHNRS Student Success and Academic Programs, Save and send the document with the following format: nominee name-EmergNS.


Candidate Packet Materials

  1. The Student Award Packet Cover Sheet (pdf) should be the first page of the nominee’s packet.
  2. Personal Statement answering the question/statements below:
    1. In one paragraph briefly describe yourself.
    2. List organizations for which you are (or were) a member and describe your personal contributions to each organization.
    3. List any WSU honors and/or achievements (including scholarships) you have received, noting the significance (i.e., selection criteria, prestige, etc.) of each award.
    4. Describe your career goals in relation to natural science.
    5. Explain what type of influence you hope to have in natural science.
    6. Explain why you should be considered to be an emerging leader in your field.
    7. If you work (to finance your education) during the school term, indicate job and hours worked per week.
  3. Letter of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. One letter is required to come from a CAHNRS affiliate (staff, faculty, advisors, or department heads), the second letter can be submitted by another college, industry, and/or community work.
  4. 150-word Biography: this will be used on the CAHNRS website.


Selection Process

Selection committees review the award nominations and make their recommendations to the Associate Dean of Student Success and Academic Programs.


Award Announcement

All nominees will be acknowledged, and the winner will be announced at the CAHNRS Student Awards Banquet. The recipient will receive a framed certificate and have their name engraved on a plaque in the Student Success and Academic Programs Office.