The University of Iowa

1stGen@Iowa Awards - Student Advocacy

Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy - Nomination Process

Award Description

The Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy, given annually by the UI First-Generation Task Force, honors one faculty member and one staff member or administrator who support first-generation students’ education and serve as an exemplary advocate for first-generation students at the University of Iowa.  Recipients of the award will be honored in November during the National First-Generation College Celebration.  

Nomination Instructions

Eligibility for Award:

  • UI administrators, staff, and faculty are eligible for the Award
  • Two awards will be given - one to a UI faculty member and one to a UI staff member or administrator
  • It is not required that nominees have identified as first-generation students themselves 

Who May Nominate:

  • Any UI student or faculty or staff member may make a nomination. 


  • Nominations must be submitted by Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Nomination Materials:

To nominate a faculty or staff member for this award, submit the following materials. ***Please note, at least one of these items must come from a student (as either the nominator or person providing the letter of support)***.

  1. Nomination Form: The nominator should complete the online nomination form that addresses the following questions (2,000 character limit per question):
    • How has the nominee demonstrated exemplary commitment towards advocacy for and support of first-generation students?
    • What evidence is there that the nominee's work has positively affected either a large number of first-generation students and/or a smaller number of first-generation students deeply?
    • How has the nominee’s work contributed towards long-term and/or permanent institutional efforts to increase first-generation student admission and/or progression towards degree?
    • In what other ways has the nominee been recognized for their advocacy and support of first-generation students at the University of Iowa?
  2. Letter of Support: Submit one letter of support, provided by someone other than the nominator, that also specifically addresses each of the four questions listed above.  The letter of support is limited to two pages; no more than one letter will be accepted. 

You will also need to provide the name of the nominee’s Departmental Executive Officer (for faculty) or direct supervisor (for staff).  This person will be asked to provide his or her endorsement of the nomination via approval of the form in workflow. 

Selection Process:

A committee of three persons composed of UI First-Generation Task Force members will review the nominations according to the criteria outlined in the nominating materials (above).  


  • Nomination Form Opens: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
  • Nominations Due: Friday, October 9, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Recipients notified in October 2020 and awards presented in November 2020


Please contact Angie Lamb ( with questions.