2020 SHP Awards of Excellence

Call for Nominees for Faculty, Student, and Alumni Awards

Nominations for the 2019-20 SHP Awards of Excellence are now being accepted. The awards recognize students, faculty, volunteers, and alumni for outstanding accomplishments in their field, or service to the school and larger community.

Please open the tabs above to see the criteria for each award, and to find the submissions link.

Faculty Awards:
Deadline: Nomination Period Closed

Excellence in Research Award
Awarded by SHP on behalf of the New Jersey Health Foundation. Presented to a faculty member in recognition of exemplary research. Last year’s winner: Jean-Francois Daneault, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences

Excellence in Teaching Award
Awarded by SHP on behalf of the New Jersey Health Foundation. Presented to a faculty member for outstanding teaching and for dedication to educating our students. Recommendations come from students. Last year’s winner:  Samantha J. Herrick, Ph.D., CRC, NCC, ACS, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions

Alumni Awards:
Deadline: March 13

Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence 
Awarded to a previous year’s School of Health Professions graduate who performed at a high level in academic or clinical studies, and demonstrated high ideals while serving in the profession, the community or at the university level. Last year’s winner: Susan Roberts, DCN

Distinguished Alumnus Award
Awarded by the School of Health Professions. Presented on behalf of faculty and students to an alumnus in recognition of outstanding achievement in their specialty. Last year’s winner: Maria Cauilan Aguila, DPT, PT

Award for Contribution to SHP By Adjunct Faculty, Volunteer Faculty, or Individual or Organization
Deadline: March 13

Distinguished Service Award

Awarded by the School of Health Professions. This prestigious award is presented to an individual or organization whose leadership and guidance advanced our school. Nominations are from faculty members.  Last year’s winner: Gregory J. Rokosz, D.O.,J.D., FACEP

Student Awards
Deadline: March 20

Academic, Clinical & Service Awards of Excellence

Awarded by SHP. Presented on the recommendation of program directors to students who have excelled academically and/or clinically in their programs. The service award is presented to those who have contributed outstanding service to the community, the school, the university or the health profession.

For more information, email Douglas Lomonaco

Excellence in Research 
Deadline: Nomination Period Closed

Nomination form

This award recognizes outstanding research or scholarly activity by a faculty member. Faculty may self-nominate or nominate a colleague who has done outstanding work in research or scholarship. This recognition includes a monetary award.

Award criteria:

  • Submission of nomination form along with a copy of a journal article or presentation abstract
  • Completion and publication, or presentation of research or scholarship activities, from two years prior to the application deadline date.
  • Research or scholarly work can focus on: patient care, professional issues, basic science, educational issues, community and public health issues, or ethics.
  • Faculty members at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences are eligible.
  • Former Excellence in Research Award winners are ineligible for a one-year period

Questions? Email Douglas Lomonaco

Excellence in Teaching
Deadline: Nomination Period Closed

Nomination form

Each year the School of Health Professions, on behalf of the New Jersey Health Foundation, grants this award to a faculty member for outstanding effort in teaching and dedication to the education of our students during the academic year.   Nominations should be made by students. Please include nomination letter.

All student nominations must be submitted electronically.

Criteria:

1. Planning and providing effective instruction: Focus should be on course content, faculty expertise, innovativeness, and creativity.

2. Personal and professional role modeling: Focus should be on role modeling through scholarship and research, personal professional growth/development, and extracurricular activities.

3. Facilitating growth, and development through means other than instruction: Focus should be on formal counseling and advisement and informal support and encouragement.

4. Faculty members at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences are eligible.

Faculty who are nominated by students for this award will be notified and requested to submit a nomination packet.

Note: SHP Faculty may not receive the award more than once in a five-year period.

Previous 5 year awardees

2019       Samantha Herrick

2018       Adrienne Simonds

2017       Jane Ziegler

2016       Allison Brown

2015       David Kietrys

Questions?  Email Douglas Lomonaco

Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence
Deadline: March 1

Nomination form

The Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence is one of the premier awards given to a SHP graduate. This award goes to a prior year graduate who received an Award of Excellence (Clinical/Academic or the Student Excellence in Service Award).

The Nomination Package must include three items:

  1. A nominating letter, usually from the Program Director, which describes the nominee’s accomplishments and specifically addresses five of the six categories listed below.
  2. A copy of the graduate’s final transcripts
  3. A completed Nomination Form – (completed online)

Nominations must be a prior year’s graduate and named the winner of the Clinical, Academic or the Student Excellence in Service Award.  Each program may nominate one graduate with the approval of the Program Director.  The final GPA must be 3.5 or better to be eligible for consideration.  Please accompany your letter with a copy of the final transcript. Please address ONLY five (5) of the six (6) categories listed below.

  1. Excellence: to include consistent outstanding performance where applicable.
  2. Leadership: to include such areas as elected positions within and outside SHP, leaders of group activities or projects, teaching/instructional activities, etc.
  3. Scholarly Activity: to include performance in research and clinical projects, reports, presentations, papers, participation in activities such as the annual SHP Research Day, etc.
  4. Community Service: to include volunteer or community service activities in any area.
  5. Professional Involvement: to include membership and attendance at professional meetings, involvement in professional committees or other related activities.
  6. Service to the University: to include participation on University or school committees or task forces, or other related activities.

Note:  The letter must address ONLY those activities that occurred while the individual was a student at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY in the professional phase of the program.

Questions? Email Douglas Lomonaco

SHP Distinguished Alumnus Award
Deadline: March 1

Nomination form
This award recognizes alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to health care through service, education, or research. Recipients will be chosen for their ability to work with patients and fellow professionals, their level of community involvement and for achieving a positive reputation among health care professionals and community members. Please include a nomination letter.

Questions? Email Douglas Lomonaco

Distinguished Service Award 
Deadline: March 1

Nomination form

This award is presented to an individual or organization outside of SHP who has made significant contributions to our school, and to health care through education, service, or research. SHP’s adjunct faculty (less than 50% FTE) and volunteer faculty members may also be nominated. No other SHP employees are eligible to be nominated for this award. Please submit a nomination letter. The award will be presented by a faculty member.

Questions?  Email Douglas Lomonaco

Student Awards of Excellence
Deadline March 20

Nomination form

These awards are presented on the recommendation of program directors or faculty members to students in approved programs (not tracks) who have excelled academically and/or clinically in their educational programs. The Service Award is presented to those who have contributed outstanding service to the community, the school, the university, or the health professions. Failure to meet the March 20 deadline may mean omission of a student’s name and award from the commencement program.

Question? Email Douglas Lomonaco