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NODA presents awards and scholarships at the national and regional level. National recognition is presented at the Annual Conference every fall, and regional awards are presented each spring at each region's conference. Some award winners at the regional level are automatically considered for the award at the national level (see award descriptions for details).

Click here to access the regional conference award nomination forms.

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NODA Association Awards
Presented at the NODA Annual Conference


Applications for the 2016 awards are closed

Outstanding OTR Professional*
This award recognizes outstanding contributions of a NODA professional to the field of orientation, transition, and retention.

Outstanding New OTR Professional*  

This award recognizes a new orientation, retention and transition professional who has contributed to their campus orientation to their campus orientation program, staff success, creativity and outstanding abilities.

Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award*

This award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated service to the NODA, and/or to the orientation, retention and transition profession.



GSN Annual Conference Fee Waiver Award
The Grad Student Network is pleased to award an Annual Conference Fee Waiver to one graduate student annually. This award will allow a graduate student member to take advantage of the multitude of educational and professional development opportunities at the NODA Annual Conference.

Innovative Program*

The Innovative Program Award is presented annually by NODA to a program or unique approach to a challenging situation and/or specific campus concern or need. It is the goal of NODA to recognize leaders and generate new knowledge within the field of orientation, transition and retention. This award seeks to recognize innovative and effective approaches that help university officials meet the changing needs on college and university campuses. It is also an opportunity to highlight good administrative and other practices and share different approaches to meeting student needs with colleagues at other institutions.

Outstanding NODA Intern

This award recognizes up to two (2) interns who have demonstrated commitment to learning and professional development and service through the successful completion of a NODA internship experience.

Outstanding Mentor  
This award is designed to give special recognition to those professionals who provide outstanding mentorship and guidance to graduate students who aid in orientation and transition programs within our association, and on your campuses. In order to be considered, the nominee must have been involved in orientation, transition or retention programs between September 2015 and September 2016.

Norman K Russell Scholarship
The Norman K. Russell Scholarship is awarded to recognize and assist graduate or doctoral students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to orientation, retention and transition, who will contribute to the enhancement of the orientation field, and who is currently enrolled as a graduate student in orientation-related fields. Up to three $1,000 scholarships (one of which may be awarded to a doctoral student) will be announced at the annual conference.  Scholarships are sent through each recipient’s financial aid office for distribution of funds.

Publications & Media Showcase
The Publications & Media Showcase awards highlight the best of the promotional materials submitted for the 2016 orientation season. There are 5 categories; each publication can only be submitted to one category, and each institution can apply to no more than three categories.

Outstanding Research Award
To emphasize and celebrate the importance of research in the field of orientation, transition, and retention, NODA has an established research award. Each year, one graduate/doctoral student will be awarded a $1,000 financial aid stipend plus the annual conference fee for 2016 (including the annual membership fee) in recognition of excellence in research and contributions to scholarly pursuits.


*The winners of these awards at the regional level will automatically be considered for the same award at the national level.

View the winners of scholarships and awards from the 2012 Annual Conference here.
View the winners of scholarships and awards from the 2013 Annual Conference here.

View the winners of scholarships and awards from the 2014 Annual Conference here.
View the winners of scholarships and awards from the 2015 Annual Conference here.
View the winners of scholarships and awards from the 2016 Annual Conference here.


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