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

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 Outstanding Case Study Award will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of research, the coherence and quality of the case writing, as well as the academic grounding of the case teaching note and the appropriateness of the teaching note to the lessons of the case.

Awards Presented to Students in June 2016 and earlier