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HFES Bulletin

April 2010
Volume 53, Number 4

Society Honors

Call for Student Award Applications

By Sandra K. Garrett, Chair, Student Affairs Committee

     The Student Affairs Committee is pleased to have the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of and service to the Society by our students and student chapters through the Student Member with Honors Award and the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. To apply for these awards, students or chapters must send a completed application and supporting materials (see below) to on or before July 1, 2010. The award recipients will be recognized at the 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, September 27-October 1.

Student Member With Honors
     This designation honors students who have made an outstanding contribution to the discipline and/or HFES during their tenure as a student. To qualify, students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student membership in HFES for at least six months prior to application
  • Graduate student, or class standing of junior or senior for an undergraduate
  • Minimum GPA of 3.75 or its equivalent for graduate students (as evidenced by a transcript)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.50 or its equivalent for undergraduate students (as evidenced by a transcript)
  • Successful completion of at least three human factors-related courses with a grade of A or its equivalent (as evidenced by a transcript or letter from the instructor)
  • Significant HF/E-related service to HFES at the Society-wide or local chapter level, or to the local community (provide letter from chapter adviser, committee chair, or officer of the group)
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member, which specifies and demonstrates the outstanding contributions made by the student
In addition, at least two of the following three conditions must be met:
  • Publication of HF/E work in an approved journal (e.g., Human Factors, Ergonomics in Design, Applied Ergonomics, or any other peer-reviewed journal approved by the Awards Committee). The student must be listed as the first or second author
  • A human factors-related presentation at a national or international meeting (provide photocopy from program or letter from adviser)
  • Evidence of significant contribution to an industry project (e.g., design award, patent, transformational product or system design, ergonomics program development). Note that the student must be a primary contributor to the project, and activities must significantly exceed those required of most "capstone" courses

Student Chapter Levels of Recognition
     Chapters will be judged on the number and quality of activities in which they engage across several categories. The levels of recognition are as follows:

  • Gold: This level requires activity in at least nine categories.
  • Silver: This level requires activity in at least six categories.
  • Bronze: This level requires activity in at least three categories.
The list of activity categories and selected sample activities is shown below. (Note that we will consider additional activities for each category.) The creativity category allows chapters to uniquely define activities and provides an opportunity for some chapters to obtain a recognition level for which they would not otherwise qualify.
  • Recruitment - increase the number of members in the chapter.
  • Guest speakers - invite outside professionals, professors from other universities, or professors from within the same university.
  • Field trips - visit nearby companies, industries, and so on, to learn about new domains.
  • Outreach/volunteerism - participate in National Ergonomics Month; reach out to fellow students and to students in K-12; increase public awareness and promotion of HF/E in general.
  • Collaboration - work with other departments in your university or with other HF/E programs in nearby universities (e.g., local student conference).
  • Service to HFES - participate on the Annual Meeting Host Committee or participate in either Annual Meeting student activities or Student Career and Professional Development Day.
  • Exploration - design or conduct research on projects taken on by the chapter; work together to solve some problem.
  • Social - hold chapter social activities to foster interaction among members.
  • Information dissemination - use a Web site, mail group, Wikipedia, or similar vehicle to share information, promote a program, and so on.
  • Student membership in HFES - encourage chapter members to join HFES as Student Affiliate members.
  • Mentorship - mentor incoming and new students; participate in student orientation for incoming students.
  • Continuous improvement - improve the resources of the chapter (library, facilities, etc.)
  • Creativity - utilize creative approaches to chapter activities.
Chapters must provide supporting materials that document the various activities of the chapter, the recognition level sought (Gold, Silver, or Bronze), and a supporting letter of recommendation from the chapter adviser. We encourage you to submit other materials that will support the application, such as brochures, announcements, or images from events, videos, and Web sites. Please include all supporting material electronically as part of the application, and provide sufficient detail for evaluation in each category.

Submitting Your Application
     The deadline for receiving applications for both the Student Member With Honors and the Student Chapter Award is July 1, 2010. No applications will be accepted after this date. Application information may be obtained from the HFES Web site. Completed application materials should be compiled and saved as one document (preferably PDF, but Word is acceptable). This application should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Student Affairs Chair Sandra Garrett,

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