Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award

The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for the Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award.  The Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award was established to honor the memory of Louise Byrd, long-time Secretary of the Graduate School and of the Graduate Council.  Louise Byrd was noted for her deep concern for the welfare of graduate students.  Each year, in her memory, a faculty member who demonstrates the quality of concern for graduate students as scholars and individuals is presented this award. This award includes a cash prize and is highlighted on the Graduate Studies website.

The nomination deadline is April 1, 2022 at 11:59PM CST. 


All members of the Graduate Faculty are eligible to receive this recognition. 

Nomination & Selection Process 

Graduate students and graduate faculty members are invited to submit a nomination for this award.

Nominees will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • devotion to graduate students and their education
  • active scholarship in their field
  • proven record of continuing interest in the growth and success of graduate students, expressed through quality lectures, availability, psychological support, graduate research advising, and contact outside the classroom
  • impact on their students’ accomplishments as scholars and in the quality of professional appointments in their field

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on April 1, 2022 using this online form. Nominators will receive a system confirmation indicating their nomination was successfully submitted upon completion.

Nominations are reviewed by a committee comprised of graduate faculty. While time is required to process award decisions, we aim to notify all nominees and nominators via email by late April.

Application Requirements

All documents should be uploaded as PDFs.

  • Letter of nomination
    • Clear evidence should be presented that the nominee’s concern for graduate students goes significantly beyond that of the average, but dedicated, members of the Graduate Faculty.
  • Letter(s) of support
    • These may be written by colleagues and/or current or former students.
  • Nominee's CV

Please submit your nomination here. Nomination deadline is April 1, 2022 at 11:59PM CST. 

 Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Awardees

2021 Florence DiGennaro Reed Applied Behavioral Science
2020 Audrey Lamb Molecular Biosciences
2019 Gregory Rudnick Physics and Astronomy
2018 Monica Biernat Psychology
2017 Mabel Rice Child Language
2016 Yo Jackson Clinical Child Psychology
2015 Paul Kelton History
2015 Sara Gregg History
2014 Eva M. Horn Special Education
2014 Victor S. Frost Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
2013 Ann Schofield Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
2012 Steven Barlow Speech-Language-Hearing
2011 Jennifer Laurence Pharmaceutical Chemistry
2010 Carl Luchies Bioengineering
2009 Paulyn Cartwright Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2008 Costas Tsatsoulis Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
2007 Byron Caminero-Santangelo English
2006 David Katzman American Studies
2005 Norman Slade Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2004 Norman Yetman American Studies & Sociology
2003 Vicky Unruh Spanish and Portuguese
2002 Sivaprasad Gogineni Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
2001 Jack Porter Mathematics
2000 Robert C. Rowland Communication Studies
1999 Ann Turnbull Special Education
1998 Donald Stull Anthropology
1997 Ronald Borchardt Pharmaceutical Chemistry
1996 Daryle Busch Chemistry
1995 Joane Nagel Sociology
1994 Siegfried Lindenbaum Pharmaceutical Chemistry
1994 Donald Deshler Special Education
1993 Mohamed El-Hodiri Economics
1992 C. R. Snyder Psychology
1991 Mary Ross Moran Special Education
1990 James Sherman Human Development and Family Life
1989 B. K. Houston Psychology
1988 Douglas Glasnapp Educational Psychology and Research
1987 Jack Brehm Psychology
1986 John Brushwood Spanish and Portuguese
1985 Akira Yamamoto Anthropology
1984 Richard Moore Electrical and Computer Engineering


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