Academic and Professional Awards

  • Academic Achievement in Basic Sciences (Graduating Class) †
    Purpose: To recognize a graduating DPT student for outstanding academic achievement in the basic sciences. This award is based on performance in the core basic science courses.

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual must:

    Demonstrate academic excellence in the basic sciences as evidenced by the highest cumulative grade point average for all basic science course work.

    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. GPA in basic sciences will be calculated for all members of the graduating
    class.

    2. The student with the highest basic science GPA will be selected to receive the
    award.


    Academic Achievement in Clinical Sciences (Graduating Class) †
    Purpose: To recognize a graduating DPT student for outstanding academic achievement in the physical therapy clinical sciences. This award is based on performance in the core clinical science courses.

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual must:
    Demonstrate academic excellence in the clinical sciences as evidenced by the highest
    cumulative grade point average for all clinical science course work.

    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. GPA in all clinical science courses will be calculated for all members of the graduating class.

    2. The student with the highest clinical science GPA will be selected to receive the award.

    Helen Hislop Scholarship in Support of Vision and Excellence in Physical Therapy (DPT III) ‡
    Purpose: To honor and acknowledge an DPT student preparing to enter the 3rd year of the program who demonstrates leadership and excellence in Physical Therapy.

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual should exhibit characteristics to include some or all of the following:

    1. Demonstrate characteristics found in Dr. Hislop; including a commitment to bring excellence to the profession of physical therapy through accomplishments in leadership, education, research, and clinical practice.

    2. Be recognized within the faculty and class as a leader as evidenced by actions that demonstrate a commitment to and vision for the physical therapy profession.

    3. Demonstrate scholastic achievement as evidenced by a minimum GPA of 3.2.

    4. Demonstrate skill in writing and speaking as evidenced by exemplary documentation in the clinic, written papers and examinations and oral presentations.

    4. Demonstrate clinical achievement as evidenced by exemplary performance in clinical rotations.

    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. The Awards committee will review the GPA and research activities of entry- level DPT students and determine the list of eligible candidates.

    2. Eligible candidates will be presented to the full faculty for selection at the last faculty meeting in July.

    Jacqueline Perry Scholar Award (BKN)
    Purpose: To honor and acknowledge a student in the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy program who has performed with high distinction at this point in their studies.

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual must:
    Demonstrate academic excellence as evidenced by the highest cumulative grade point average for all course work.


    1. Demonstrate characteristics that are found in Dr. Perry including an uncompromising standard of excellence in all things scholastic, clinical, and investigative.

    2. Demonstrate scholastic achievement as evidenced by a minimum GPA of 3.5.

    3. Demonstrate achievement as evidenced by clinical, educational, or service activities that advance Biokinesiology.

    4. Demonstrate investigative achievement by achieving candidacy (for PhD candidates) or successful completion of screening exam (for MS candidates).

    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. All BKN students will be requested to submit an updated CV by the end of the Spring semester.

    2. The Awards committee will review the CV’s and GPA’s of all BKN students who qualify and will determine the list of eligible candidates.

    3. Eligible candidates will be presented to the full faculty for selection at the last faculty meeting in July.

    Order of the Golden Cane (Graduating Class all programs) †
    Purpose: To honor and acknowledge graduates from the DPT, PP-DPT or PhD programs who have demonstrated the potential to be the leaders of the future in Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual must:

    1. Be a graduating student in the entry-level DPT, PP-DPT or PhD program.

    2. Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the science of Biokinesiology or profession of Physical Therapy through accomplishments in leadership, education, research, and/or clinical practice.


    Outstanding Scholarly Achievement (Graduating Class) †
    Purpose: To recognize a graduating DPT student for outstanding academic achievement across both basic science and clinical courses. This award is based on the cumulative grade point average for all course work.

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual must:
    Demonstrate academic excellence as evidenced by the highest cumulative grade point average for all course work.

    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. GPA in all courses will be calculated for all members of the graduating class.

    2. The student with the highest overall GPA will be selected to receive the award.


    Year 1 Academic Excellence Award‡
    Purpose: To recognize an DPT student preparing to enter the 2nd year of the program for outstanding academic achievement across both basic science and clinical courses

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual must:
    Have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average for all course work at the end of year.

    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. The Awards committee will review the GPA’s of the DPTII students and determine the eligible candidate.

    2. The eligible candidate will be presented to the full faculty for approval at the last faculty meeting in July.


    Year 2 Academic Excellence Award‡
    Purpose: To recognize an DPT student preparing to enter the 3rd year of the program for outstanding academic achievement across both basic science and clinical courses.

    Eligibility/Criteria - The individual must:
    Have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average for all course work from year one and year two at the end of year 2.

    Procedure for Nomination:

    1. The Awards committee will review the GPA’s of DPTIII students and determine the eligible candidate.

    2. The eligible candidate will be presented to the full faculty for approval at the last faculty meeting in July.

    † Award presented at the Spring Graduation Divisional Awards Ceremony
    ‡ Award or Scholarship presented at the Fall Convocation Divisional Awards Ceremony