Academic Awards

“A” Pin

Students who achieve a 4.0 GPA over two consecutive semesters with 15 credits each semester or more are awarded the “A” pin, one of the oldest awards at Utah State for academic achievement, started in 1910. To confirm eligibility, contact the University Registrar.

Dean’s List

Each semester, students who earn a 3.5 GPA and enroll in a minimum of 15 credits are entered on the Dean’s List for their respective college.

Latin Scholastic Distinction

A student must complete a minimum of 40 USU semester credits. Grade point averages are USU cumulative GPAs. Transfer credits are not considered. Latin Distinctions are Summa Cum Laude (3.950 to 4.000 GPA), Magna Cum Laude (3.800 to 3.949 GPA), and Cum Laude (3.500 to 3.799 GPA).

Honors Awards

Honors Degrees

In general, it’s assumed that University Research Fellows will graduate with University and/or Department Honors. The Honors website contains specific information on required coursework, which should result in few if any additional credits for the degree program. The Director of Honors oversees the university-wide program, and each department has a faculty member designated as an Honors advisor. Honors graduates wear a medallion at Commencement ceremonies. The Fellows Program also has a lapel stickpin for graduation.

Research Awards

Undergraduate Research Transcript Designation

The Undergraduate Research Scholar Transcript Designation is given to more fully recognize the accomplishments of USU’s undergraduate researchers.

To qualify for the Undergraduate Research Scholar, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of two semesters of research, scholarship, or creative activity supervised by a faculty mentor. Quantifying a number of hours per week spent on the project is helpful; students can keep a log of their time. A specific quantity is not required since the work may take place over a minimum of two semesters or go at a different pace over an extended number of semesters.
  • Dissemination of research through a recognized venue such as the on-campus Student Showcase, Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol, Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hills, or a professional conference in the field of study. Alternate venues for creative activity may include art exhibitions or performances.
  • The endorsement of the faculty mentor(s)

Additional activities that may be considered in the plan for achieving the transcript designation, but are NOT required, include the following:

  • A substantial written product from the research, scholarship, or creative activity. This could be a senior thesis, journal article, Honors thesis.
  • Enrollment in and completion of research credits. (For departments that do not have a research course, the university course—USU 4900 Undergraduate Research—may be used.)
  • Certification for research activities such as Institutional Review Board (IRB) training in human subjects research or training in animal research.
  • Development of a research portfolio (electronic or non-electronic).

Confirmation of the completion of the plan should be submitted by the Student Researcher and Faculty Mentor no later than two weeks before graduation in order for the Transcript to be so marked. The faculty mentor can send confirmation of the application via e-mail.

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Undergraduate Researcher of the Year

This award was inaugurated in 2004 and endowed by David and Terry Peak in 2008. In addition to being an excellent, a notable undergraduate researcher is one who has consistently engaged in independent inquiry, through classes, student employment, and independent research grants (URCO). Students can also typically seek to share their results at undergraduate research events or professional conferences.

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CUR Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers.  This allows graduate schools to contact high-quality undergraduate researchers. Go to www.cur.org to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student.

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USU Goldwater Scholars

2016

Benjamin Lovelady, Awarded
Caroline Bourgeois, Honorable Mention
Alexander Cook, Honorable Mention

2015

Katie Sweet, Awarded
David Griffin, Honorable Mention

2014

Rachel Nydegger, Awarded
Austin Spence, Honorable Mention
David Griffin, Honorable Mention

2013

Jordan Rozum, Awarded
J. Tyler Gish, Awarded

2012

Mitchell Dabling, Awarded
Sarah Mousley, Awarded
Jordan Rozum, Honorable Mention
Rachel Ward, Honorable Mention

2011

Brian Tracy, Awarded
Brooke Siler, Awarded
Linsay Johnson, Awarded
Karen Nielson, Honorable Mention

2010

Justin Koeln, Awarded
Daniel Fenn, Awarded
Robert Call, Honorable Mention

2009

Taren McKenna, Awarded
Cody Tramp, Awarded
BJ Myers, Honorable Mention

2008

Tamera Jeppson, Awarded
Jodi Tvedtnes, Awarded
Cody Tramp, Honorable Mention
Sydney Chamberlin, Honorable Mention

2007

Jennifer Albretsen (Roth), Awarded
Arthur Mahoney, Awarded
Jodi Tvedtnes, Honorable Mention

2006

Logan McKenna, Awarded
Heidi Wheelwright, Awarded
Keith Warnick, Honorable Mention

2004

Stephanie J. Chambers, Awarded
David R. Hatch, Awarded

2002

Jamie B. Jorgensen, Awarded

2001

Lara B. Anderson, Awarded

1999

Jeffrey L. Jacobs, Awarded