2020 SFIS Annual Charter Awards and Research Jamboree

At the end of each semester, we celebrate the accomplishments of our SFIS community members with a student research jamboree and awards ceremony. This research jamboree showcases both undergraduate and graduate research, including final projects, theses and dissertations.

The SFIS Charter Awards are made annually in the fall to recognize students for their contributions to advancing the school’s mission and strengthening our community

December 3, 2020
Charter Awards 2 -3 p.m.
Research jamboree 4:40 – 6 p.m.

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Research jamboree information

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2020 annual charter awards

The SFIS Charter Awards are made annually to three students within each SFIS degree program who embody and demonstrate the core ASU Charter values of access, excellence and impact within their studies, activities and lives.

The 18 awards of $500 are made possible through the generosity of our community members on Sun Devil Giving Day. Charter Awards recipients will be announced at the Fall SFIS Charter Awards on December 3, 2020.


Nominations close Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Nominations must be submitted through the webform. Only information provided in the nomination submission will be reviewed and considered by the committees for awards selections.

Students may be nominated by SFIS faculty, staff or students. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Each SFIS degree program has its own Charter Awards Selection Committee that will review the nominations for their corresponding program and make the final recommendations for their program’s three Charter Award recipients.

FIS charter awards selection committee

Jamey Wetmore (co-chair)
Mary Jane Parmentier (co-chair)
Emma Frow
Clark Miller
Lauren Withycombe Keeler
Marta Berbes
Matt Fegan
Jennifer Richter

GTD charter awards selection committee

Mary Jane Parmentier (Chair)
Nalini Chhetri
Faheem Hussain

PIT charter awards selection commiittee

Kristina Michael
Bob Cook-Deegan
Erik Fisher

HSD charter awards selecton committee

Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins (Chair)
Lauren Withycombe Keeler
Kirk Jalbert
Ben Hurlburt

MSTP charter awards selection committee

Kathleen Vogel (Chair)
Lindsay Smith
Heather Ross

IGD charter awards selection committee

Netra Chhetri (Chair)
Christy Spackman
Lindsay Smith

Nominations should be made to clearly describe how the nominee uniquely exemplifies the spirit and values of the ASU Charter, and which value of access, excellence, or impact they have demonstrated most strongly if not all three. Selection criteria will remain broad, allowing recognition of students who exemplify the ASU Charter in novel, unexpected, and serendipitous ways. Criteria may include:

  • Access: Proactively contributing to increasing accessibility of undergraduate and graduate education for students from backgrounds and circumstances that may otherwise discourage pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees; proactively contributing to a culture of inclusivity and acceptance; proactively contributing to the success of fellow students; helping convey the accessibility of educational programs at ASU to audiences outside of the university.
  • Excellence: Excelling academically in their SFIS degree program; excelling in specific courses and programs of study and research, including the applied project, thesis or other capstone project; demonstrating exceptional academic, intellectual, personal and/or professional growth within the program; making a critical contribution to excellence and achievement in group projects; contributing substantially to the achievements of peers; making substantial contributions to research projects led by others; excelling in work carried out as part of an internship.
  • Impact: Helping develop and implement innovative ways of connecting knowledge and understanding to broad and diverse audiences; contributing substantially to the success of others; translating applied project products into tangible public/community-relevant outputs; working with groups and communities outside the university to address specific issues and challenges; proactively working with others to demonstrably and directly address socially relevant issues through internships; demonstrates learning opportunities to make a positive impact on communities and organizations.