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Available Student Awards and Honors

Commencement Awards for students in CNSM

The following are Commencement awards and honors available to students. Please be sure to note the deadlines for application. For more information about these awards, contact the department of your major or the Dean's Office, HSCI-160.

  1. CNSM Outstanding Graduate Award
    • The CSULB Alumni Association recognizes an undergraduate in each college as a CSULB Outstanding Graduate. Nominations of deserving students with majors in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics who graduate in Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, or Summer 2015 are solicited from faculty, staff, alumni, and students. See your major department for more details.
    • Download Outstanding Graduate form.
    • Nominations (no more than one from each department or program) due to the College office Monday, February 2, 2015.
  2. Graduate Dean's List of University Scholars and Artists
    • Masters students only. Students submit their application to the appropriate department office. Departments will then rank and recommend nominations to the college deans, who make a recommendation to the Graduate Dean. The top 1% of CNSM graduate students pursuing a graduate degree are eligible. All students nominated for this award must be eligible to be receiving a diploma dated December 2013, January 2014, May 2014, or August 2014.
    • Download Dean's List form (Update pending).
    • Nominations due to Department: Third week of March, Date TBD.
  3. Outstanding Thesis Award
    • Nominated by graduate thesis advisors. Thesis evaluation criteria include quality of presentation appearance, format, style, language, clarity, etc., and quality of research scientific methodology, likelihood of publication (i.e., presentation at professional conference, manuscript submitted for publication, etc.).
    • CNSM recognizes truly outstanding theses completed between Summer 2014 and Spring 2015 up to six one possible in each department
    • Download Outstanding Thesis Award Application (Update pending).
    • Applications due to department offices: Monday, March 23, 2015.
    • Departments' recommendation due to college office: Friday, March 27, 2015.
  4. Robert D. Rhodes Award
    • Recognizes CNSM outstanding graduating baccalaureate students (one per department) who will graduate in Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, or Summer 2015.
    • Download Rhodes Award Application
    • Due to Department Office: Thursday, March 19, 2015. Due to College Office Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Honors

Students completing their degrees in Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 are eligible for this honor.

  1. Departmental Honors
    • With the approval of the dean of the college, departments may elect to award departmental honors to their graduates based on GPA and/or other criteria determined by the department. Departmental honors are usually restricted to students not otherwise recognized by university or college awards. The number of honors awarded by a department shall be limited to three students or five percent of graduates, whichever is larger.
    • Download Departmental Honors Application
    • Nominations due to the Department: Thursday, March 19, 2015. Nominations due to the CNSM Dean's Office (up to 3 from each department): Thursday, March 26, 2015.
  2. Departmental Graduate Student Honors
    • In recognition of outstanding graduate student achievements, departments may honor graduating master's and doctoral degree candidates by special recognition in the annual commencement ceremonies. The number of honors awarded by a department shall be limited to three students or five percent of graduates, whichever is larger. Departmental honors are usually restricted to students not otherwise recognized by university or college awards. These honors are normally conferred for excellence in and contributions to the discipline, including outstanding seminar papers, artistic exhibitions, special achievements in field work, and service in university committees and functions, as well as participation in scholarly and professional organizations resulting from student research.
    • Download Deparmental Graduate Student Honors Application
    • Nominations due to the Department: Thursday, March 19, 2015. Nominations due to the CNSM Dean's Office (up to 3 from each department): Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Graduation with Academic Honors

This designation is ONLY certified at the posting of the degree in the term of graduation. Thus, Spring 2015 graduates with honors will not be officially recognized until degrees are posted in June 2015. These honors are noted on the diploma and transcript.

  1. Summa Cum Laude honor graduate (B.A./B.S. only) 3.95 4.0 on ALL college work with 45 units or more here at California State University, Long Beach. Official conferral of honor is determined during final processing of degree audit following semester of completion.
  2. Magna Cum Laude honor graduate (B.A./B.S. only) 3.80 3.95 on ALL college work with 45 units or more here at California State University, Long Beach. Official conferral of honor is determined during final processing of degree audit following semester of completion.
  3. Cum Laude honor graduate (B.A./B.S. only) 3.80 3.95 on ALL college work with 45 units or more here at California State University, Long Beach. Official conferral of honor is determined during final processing of degree audit following semester of completion.

Associated Students, Inc. Awards and Honors

Any student, faculty, or administrator may nominate. Deadline to apply for these awards is in April. Awards are presented at the ASI Banquet. For deadline dates, applications and more information, contact the Associated Students, Inc., (Student Government) phone: 562-985-5241 or at the ASI website.

  1. Earl Durham Jr. Student Government Award for a male student who exemplifies leadership relationships in ASI.
  2. Gabrielino/Forty-Niner Award the highest ASI honor for graduation BA/BS and graduate students.
  3. Golden Nugget Award student service award for achievements during current academic year.
  4. Irvin Hakim Hurst Award recognizes a BA/BS or MA/MS representing concerns of minority students.
  5. Sheila Ringer Woman of the Year Award recognizes upper-division or graduating senior female leader role model.
  6. Student Organization of the Year.

Other Academic Honors and Honor Societies

  1. President's Honor List (Determined by GPA. 3.75-4.0 GPA, minimum of 12 units during a semester, designation made at the end of semester, noted on transcripts, letter sent to student.)
  2. Dean's Honor List (Determined by GPA. 3.50-3.74 GPA, minimum of 12 units during a semester, designation made at the end of semester, noted on transcripts, letter sent to student.)
  3. National Dean's List publication (selected by the Dean of the College).
  4. Mortar Board (seniors, selected in last semester of junior year by invitation only).
  5. Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities publication honor.
  6. National Honor Societies (selected by the individual societies) for those majoring in the CNSM:
    1. Phi Beta Kappa (scholarly achievement in the liberal arts & sciences, by invitation only);
    2. Phi Kappa Phi (Scholarly scholarship, all academic areas by invitation only);
    3. Golden Key (juniors/seniors with 30 or more units with a 3.40 GPA or better);
    4. Phi Beta Delta (international scholars);
    5. Phi Delta Gamma (distinguished scholarship for graduate students only);
    6. Pi Mu Epsilon (for Mathematics/Statistics majors); and
    7. Sigma Xi (national honor society for scientists).