The following awards are presented to Evans School students during the annual Convocation ceremony at the end of Spring Quarter.

  • Daniel J. Evans Student Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership
  • Policy & Governance Capstone Prize 
  • Environmental Policy & Management Capstone Prize 
  • International Development Capstone  Prize 
  • Justice and Diversity Capstone Prize 
  • Nonprofit Management Capstone Prize
  • Social Policy Capstone Prize  
  • Team Leadership Capstone Prize
  • EMPA Outstanding Case Study Award 

Nomination Criteria

Evans School Student Prizes will be awarded for exceptional capstone projects that exemplify the following:

  • Clarity of problem definition. 
    • Did this project clearly and concisely frame the issue to be addressed?  
  • Selection and precision of methods. 
    • Did the project employ methods appropriate to the nature of the problem? 
    • Were these methods executed with care and attention to detail?
  • Incorporating diverse perspectives. 
    • Did the project consider the viewpoints of all relevant stakeholders, with particular attention to stakeholder groups who might ordinarily be marginalized?
  • Honest, thorough acknowledgement of limitations. 
    • Does the project exhibit awareness of its limits?
  • Alignment of findings and recommendations. 
    • Did the project offer insightful interpretation of evidence? 
    • Are recommendations offered consistent with the findings and mindful of their limitations?

The Team Leadership prize should be nominated by students of a group with a cover letter by the faculty advisor. The award should recognize one or more participants of a group who exemplify:

  • Going above and beyond: a willingness to exert extraordinary effort on behalf of colleagues.
  • Insight: bringing a perspective capable of identifying solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
  • Consensus-building: resolving disputes among team members, or between team members and clients or advisors; working to ensure those unwilling or unable are heard.
  • Insisting on excellence: showing an unwillingness to settle for anything less than the best possible work, demonstrating this commitment by personal example, and working to ensure the final product is exemplary.

The EMPA Outsanding Case Study Award will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of research, cohorence and quality of case writing, as well as the academic grounding of the case teaching note and the approreiateness of the teaching note to lessons of the case.

Awards Presented to Students in June 2016 and earlier