Outstanding Student Awards

Brief History:

The Outstanding Student Awards have been a tradition at Humboldt since 1950. It started as the "Outstanding Man and Woman of the Year" and as Humboldt grew and evolved, so too did the awards. Today we know it as the "Outstanding Student Awards" and it now incorporates multiple awards from Academic Excellence to Co-Curricular Achievements. These awards are one of the ways in which Humboldt recognizes the incredible contributions that our students make every year.

Timeline and Process:

  • November 15, 2019: Nomination Form opens
  • February 16, 2020 at 5:00PM: Nomination Form closes
  • NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 1st 2020 at 5:00PM
  • March 5, 2020: Award committees (composed of Faculty and Staff) review submissions
  • March 27, 2020: Committees submit award recipients for each category
  • April 29, 2020 3:00-5:00PM: Awards ceremony for nominees, nominators, and committee members


  • Nominees must be an undergraduate student (graduate students are eligible for the CSU Research and Patricia O. McConkey awards listed below)
  • Enrolled in the 2019-2020 Academic Year
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 for Academic awards and 2.5 for Co-Curricular awards
  • Must be in good standing with Humboldt
  • Must be nominated or co-nominated by at least one Humboldt Staff, Faculty, or Administrator 

Additional Awards:

CSU Student Research Competition 

The CSU Student Research Projects will be selected to represent Cal Poly Humboldt in the CSU Student Research Competition. Written summaries must be submitted to InfoReady by 11:59pm, Friday January 31, 2020.

For more information about the research competition and submission process, click here.

Patricia O. McConkey Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The Office of Academic Programs and Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the 2019-20 Patricia O. McConkey Outstanding Graduate Student Awards/Graduation with Distinction. These awards recognize the outstanding graduating student graduating with a master’s degree from each graduate program.  Nominations must be submitted to the Google Form by 5:00pm, Friday, April 3, 2020.

For more information about the research competition and submission process, click here.


How to nominate:

Whether nominating by yourself or as part of a team, the process for submitting a nomination has changed. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the process as outlined in the guide below. This document is a guide for the information you will need prior to submitting a nomination, as well as the link to the form for when you are ready to submit.

Nomination Guide & Submission Link


Please help spread the word and encourage your graduate program to nominate a student. This is an opportunity for your students to shine.