The University Co-op is committed to advance the educational interests of the University. True to this commitment, in late 1990-s the Co-op Board and President noticed the lack of university-wide recognition programs for the exceptional students and the first-rate faculty and staff at the University. The Co-op President Mr. George Mitchell worked with the University leadership at the time to create award programs - The Hamilton Book Awards for faculty and staff; The Granof Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education for graduate students; and The Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence for undergraduate students.
All three awards programs are fully funded by the Co-op, including monetary prizes and the awards banquet.
Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards
The Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards were established in 1997 to reward faculty publications and research. The book awards are named in honor of Dr. Robert W. Hamilton, past Chairperson of the University Co-op Board of Directors and the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair Emeritus in the School of Law.
The Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards are made to faculty or staff members who, in the preceding calendar year, have published the best book-length publications as determined by a multi-disciplinary committee of scholars appointed by the Vice President for Research of The University of Texas at Austin. Part of the Hamilton Book Awards program are three research awards that recognize outstanding achievement: Career Research Excellence Award, acknowledging a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained superior research programs over many years; the Best Research Paper Award, presented to a faculty or staff researcher who is the principal or sole author of a peer-reviewed scholarly paper reporting original research, and the Creative Research Award, that recognizes extraordinary creative achievement. Awards range from $3,000 to $10,000. For nomination forms, more information about the awards and past recipients, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/research/resources/awards-fellowships-grants.
Michael H. Granof Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education
For many years, the University Co-op had supported the Graduate School awards by underwriting the various awards given by the school, but in 2008, the Michael H. Granof Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the Graduate School. Awards are named in honor of the University Co-op Chairperson Michael H. Granof, Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor of Accounting and Distinguished Teaching Professor in both the McCombs School of Business and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Awards are given in eight different categories in amounts ranging from $1,500 to $6,000. For nomination forms, more information about the awards and past recipients, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/awards/.
George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence
In 1999, the University Co-op and the University of Texas at Austin established the George H. Mitchell Undergraduate Student Awards for Academic Excellence, named in honor of the University Co-op President George H. Mitchell. These awards acknowledge undergraduate students for their hard work and celebrate their extraordinary contributions to their fields of study.
Three students will receive awards of $2,000 each, three students awards of $3,000 each, and one student the top award of $10,000. The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost provides a concurrent award of half the value of each student's award to the academic department in which the scholarly work was supervised.
The students nominated for these awards have an exemplary academic record and have an extraordinary contribution to their field of study by way of a research project, literary work, musical composition, humanitarian project, or similar undertaking. Students are nominated by UT faculty members and the winners are selected by the Awards Selection Committee composed of University faculty.
For nomination forms, more information about the awards and past recipients, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/provost/initiatives/undergraduate_awards/mitchell/.
Pictured above from our 2013 Mitchell Awards banquet, are past grand prize winners of the award with Mr. George H. Mitchell. From left to right: Brian Hardin, 2004 Winner, Electrical Engineering major; Seth Howes, 2006 Winner, Germanic Studies major; George Mitchell, President of the University Co-op; Christina Skelton, 2007 Winner, Geosciences and Linguistics majors; Baltej Ludher, 2008 Winner, Chemical Engineering major; Yuxuan Wang, 2009 Winner, Biochemistry major; Dylan Bumford, 2011 Winner, Linguistics, Mathematics, and Psychology major; and George Miller, 2012 Winner, Astronomy major. Not pictured are 2002 Winner Abigail Green, Biology major, 2003 Winner Lauren Banta, Radio-Television-Film major, 2005 Winner Emily Barton-Cole, Chemistry major, and 2010 Winner John Meyer, Government major.