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CNS Distinctions

CNS students can be nominated (or can self nominate) to be awarded one of the following Distinctions at graduation. The nomination form linked below asks for a very brief (a paragraph is plenty!) description of the student's accomplishments and impact, it also offers the option to upload a letter of recommendation in lieu of filling in the text boxes. 

Each area asks the same three questions:

  • How has the student exhibited excellence in that area?
  • What was the impact of the student's efforts?
  • Has the student shown strength of character, the courage to overcome obstacles, or demonstrated growth and development?

We highly recommend composing your answers in a Word document then copying and pasting them into the nomination form.

While only graduating seniors can win distinctions, please nominate a deserving student at any point in their undergraduate career; the College will hold on to their nomination until their graduating year and evaluate it then.

Selections will be made by a committee comprised of faculty and staff who are leaders in these particular areas.  

Please note: this is a separate award from Dean's Honored Graduates (DHG), and students can earn both awards.  The DHG nomination process will open in early March.

If you have any questions about the distinctions, please contact Antonia Garcia (antonia.garcia@austin.utexas.edu).


If you have questions please contact events@cns.utexas.edu.