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).
Awards Volunteer Opportunities
Annual Awards Peer Reviewer
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Publications & Media Showcase Peer Reviewer
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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.
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.
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.