Towner Prize Eligibility & Nomination


All engineering graduate students who have completed one term as a GSI in the past academic year (e.g., fall 2015, winter 2016, or spring/summer 2016) are eligible for this award. Former winners are not eligible.


GSIs selected for the Towner Prize must demonstrate the following:

  • creativity or innovation as an instructor,
  • excellence in teaching, and
  • remarkable dedication to student success

Selection Process

Faculty and students may nominate a GSI who fits the criteria listed above. GSIs can also self-nominate. Nomination packets must include:

  • Cover page & GSI reflective statement
  • Letter of recommendation from the GSI’s supervising faculty member. Letter should address the 3 criteria and include supporting quotes from students (when possible)

A selection committee of CoE faculty and former Towner Prize winners reviews all nominations and chooses the winners. Please direct questions to
Information for 2018 eligibility and nominations will be released soon. Please check back frequently as we continue to update this information.