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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Commencement Awards for 2017

For CNSM Students

The following are Commencement awards and honors available to students. Please be sure to note the deadlines for application. For more information about these awards, contact the department of your major or the Dean's Office, HSCI-160.

  1. CNSM Outstanding Graduate Award
    • The CSULB Alumni Association recognizes one graduating undergraduate in each college as a CSULB Outstanding Graduate. Nominations of deserving students with majors in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics who graduate in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, or Summer 2017. Nominations are accepted from November through early February.
    • The application period for 2017 has closed.
  2. Graduate Dean's List of University Scholars and Artists
    • Masters students only. Students submit their application to the appropriate department office by March 20, 2017. Departments will forward applications to the college deans, who recommend up to four nominees to the Graduate Dean. The top 1% of CNSM graduate students pursuing a graduate degree are eligible. All students nominated for this award must be eligible to be receiving a diploma dated December 2016, January 2017, May 2017, or August 2017.
    • Graduate Dean's List Application
    • Nominations due to Department: Monday, March 20, 2017.
    • Departments' recommendation due to College office: Friday, March 24, 2017
  3. Outstanding Thesis Award
    • Nominated by graduate thesis advisors. Evaluation criteria of thesis include: quality of presentation – appearance, format, style, language, clarity, etc., and quality of research – scientific methodology, likelihood of publication (i.e., presentation at professional conference, manuscript submitted for publication, etc.).
    • CNSM recognizes truly outstanding theses completed between Summer 2016 and Spring 2017 – up to six – one possible in each department
    • CNSM Outstanding Thesis Award Application
    • Applications due to department offices: Friday, March 24, 2017.
    • Departments' recommendation due to college office: Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
  4. Robert D. Rhodes Award
    • Recognizes CNSM outstanding graduating baccalaureate students (one per department) who will graduate in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, or Summer 2017.
    • Rhodes Award Application
    • Nominations due to Department Office: Monday, March 20, 2017.
    • Departments: Submit your Rhodes Award Nominee to College Office: Friday, March 24, 2017.

Honors

Students completing their degrees in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 are eligible for departmental honor.

  1. Departmental Honors
    • With the approval of the dean of the college, departments may elect to award departmental honors to their baccalaureate graduates based on GPA and/or other criteria determined by the department. Departmental honors are usually reserved for students whose outstanding performance is not otherwise recognized by university or college awards. The number of honors awarded by a department shall be limited to three students or five percent of graduates, whichever is larger.
    • Departmental Honors Application
    • Nominations due to the Department: Monday, March 20, 2017.
    • Nominations due to the CNSM Dean's Office (up to 3 from each department): Friday, March 24, 2017.
  2. Departmental Graduate Student Honors
    • In recognition of outstanding graduate student achievements, departments may honor graduating Master's and Doctoral degree candidates by special recognition in the annual commencement ceremonies. The number of honors awarded by a department shall be limited to three students or five percent of graduates, whichever is larger. Departmental Graduate Student Honors are usually reserved for post-baccalaureate students not otherwise recognized by university or college awards. These honors are normally conferred for excellence in and contributions to the discipline, including outstanding seminar papers, artistic exhibitions, special achievements in field work, and service in university committees and functions, as well as participation in scholarly and professional organizations resulting from student research.
    • Departmental Graduate Student Honors Application
    • Nominations due to the Department: Monday, March 20, 2017.
    • Nominations due to the CNSM Dean's Office (up to 3 from each department): Friday, March 24, 2017.

Graduation with Academic Honors

This designation is ONLY certified at the posting of the degree in the term of graduation. Thus, Spring 2017 graduates with honors will not be officially recognized until degrees are posted in June 2017. These honors are noted on the diploma and transcript.

  1. Summa Cum Laude honor graduate (B.A./B.S. only) – 3.95 – 4.0 on ALL college work with 45 units or more here at California State University, Long Beach. Official conferral of honor is determined during final processing of degree audit following semester of completion.
  2. Magna Cum Laude honor graduate (B.A./B.S. only) – 3.75 – 3.95 on ALL college work with 45 units or more here at California State University, Long Beach. Official conferral of honor is determined during final processing of degree audit following semester of completion.
  3. Cum Laude honor graduate (B.A./B.S. only) – 3.5 – 3.75 on ALL college work with 45 units or more here at California State University, Long Beach. Official conferral of honor is determined during final processing of degree audit following semester of completion.