FROM: Provost Bruce D. Barnhart
RE: Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence
Sent: 10/8/2019 9:11:02 AM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff


We are asking your assistance in identifying an outstanding senior for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence. The nominee must be on track to graduate in May 2020.


Nominees will be evaluated using the following criteria:


·         outstanding academic performance in the academic major and in other areas of study,

·         recognition of scholarship by members of the university faculty,

·         participation in extracurricular or co-curricular activities during undergraduate years, and

·         the quality of the nominee’s essay.


The nominee must submit the following materials to Dr. Melanie Blumberg ( by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019:


·         an essay addressing how the university prepared him or her for the next career step and what the next step will be,

·         a current transcript (a copy is acceptable),

·         a vitae or résumé, and

·         two letters of recommendation, preferably from university faculty.


The essay must not exceed two double-spaced pages, using a 12-point font. All written work is to be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word attachments. The Subject Line should read Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence and the student’s name.  


Interviews will be held prior to Thanksgiving Break.     


Nominations from anyone in the university community, as well as self-nominations, are encouraged.