All students at the Bush School are strongly encouraged to pursue the Medal of Excellence beginning their first year at the Bush School. Earning the Medal of Excellence requires students to complete the Leadership Certificate and to prepare a reflective learning ePortfolio, which documents what the student has learned throughout his or her degree program. More than a showcase of writing samples, the reflective learning portfolio prompts students to connect their learning across interdisciplinary experiences, such as participation in leadership programs, courses, internships, and other experiences, in light of the careers they are pursuing. Students developing the ePortfolio are supported through workshops, online resources, and individual consultations with both the writing consultants and their academic advisors.
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Students interested in completing the Medal of Excellence can get started by either (1) completing the workshops offered in person during the fall and spring semesters, or (2) completing the Canvas online course modules and quizzes, or (3) taking the BUSH 602 course, offered only in the fall semester. Contact Cindy Raisor for more information about the Medal of Excellence Award Program.
Students have two years to complete the requirements for the Medal, and they submit their work for final review at the end of their second year. Students earning the Medal of Excellence receive two awards at a ceremony held in the spring of the year they graduate:
- a medal that includes their name, program, and graduation year on the back and
- a certificate presented by the dean.
More information can be found at the Bush School Writing website, which also includes a checklist for Medal of Excellence eligibility.