Shanklin & GSS Awards

The Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence

The Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence was established by Graduate Student Senate and endowed by the late Charles E. Shanklin as a meritorious award to recognize excellence in original research by graduate students at Bowling Green State University.  Research papers are submitted according to the guidelines to be judged first within one of three categories of competition (Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Science and Mathematics) and two finalists in each category are selected. The submission deadline is 11:59pm on January 31, 2022 via Canvas. The students selected as finalists will be informed in mid-March and then, as part of the Shanklin Awards & Colloquium Day on April 6, 2022, these 6 finalists will present their papers to all nine judges to determine the winner in each category. Winners will be announced at the GSS awards ceremony on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Application: Apply for the Research Excellence Award on the GSS Canvas page under "Modules"
                                        MyBGSU -> GSS Canvas Page -> Modules -> Application

The Charles E. Shanklin Colloquium

This year, Graduate Student Senate will sponsor a Graduate Colloquium named in memory of Charles E. Shanklin on Thursday March 17, 2022 via Zoom. The colloquium is a graduate student research conference. The Charles E. Shanklin Colloquium will highlight the significant research and efforts of graduate students here at BGSU.

There are two submission categories:
  1. Conference Paper: Non-Juried conference paper presentations.
  2. Poster Session: Juried poster exhibition in the BTSU Grand Ballroom held throughout the day

Paper and poster presentations will each be judged. The top three individuals in each category will be awarded $300.00 for first place, $150.00 for second place, and $75.00 for third place.

Applicants for the Shanklin Award may apply to participate in the event as well, but Colloquium participation does not require submission for the Shanklin award.  If an individual is selected as a Shanklin Award finalist, they may not participate in the colloquium.

Paper and poster submissions for the Shanklin Colloquium and Award are due no later than February 12th by 11:59 pm.  All submissions must be received online through the application on the GSS Canvas page under "Modules". In the body of the submission form, it will ask for you to include your name, cell phone number, department/program, your campus address, and the degree type of degree you are seeking: Masters, PhD, or graduate certificate. Next, state the name of your presentation and whether it is paper or poster. Then include an abstract of your presentation. This should be a brief, succinct, and clear synopsis of the work that states the problem, specific objectives, methods and procedures, results and conclusions of the research.  

By mid-March, Graduate Student Senate will notify selected students to present at the Shanklin Colloquium. Graduate Student Senate will endeavor to provide every graduate student with an opportunity to present their research; however, given significant limitation of available spaces and time throughout the day, we may not be able to accommodate every request. Presentations will take place on April 8, 2021 via Zoom.

The Graduate Student Senate Awards

The Graduate Student Senate is pleased to recognize outstanding graduate students for their contribution to the Bowling Green State University community.

Deadline: 11:59 pm Monday, February 21, 2022
Application Link: Apply/nominate for all awards on the GSS Canvas page under "Modules"
                                        MyBGSU -> GSS Canvas Page -> Modules -> Applications
*Please click on each of the awards below to learn more!
**If you would like to nominate a graduate student for the RA1 or RA2 awards, please fill out this form and email it to If you are self-nominating, please fill out the form on the GSS Canvas page.
RA1 and RA2 Nomination Form found here.

Past winners for all awards can be found here.

Updated: 10/18/2022 12:24PM