Tips for Writing a Nomination

Here are some guidelines for writing an effective nomination.

  • Describe how your nominee meets the criteria “service to the community.”  Detail as many aspects as you can speak to regarding academic, research, religious, or secular contributions. How were integrity, leadership, creativity, and positive outcomes apparent in these contributions?
  • Avoid jargon. While you are familiar with your nominee’s work, more than likely the members of the selection committee won’t be. Keep that in mind as you describe the nature and quality of the contributions and accomplishments.
  • Include measurable results if applicable. Where possible, include measurable results (e.g., new or improved programming, new ways of enabling diversity and inclusion, campus morale increasing, etc.).
  • Use multiple examples. Include more than one example (the more the better) of how the individual or organization went above and beyond.
  • Get support. Split up the areas (academic, research, religious, or secular) and/or award criteria (integrity, leadership, creativity, positive outcomes) with co-nominators to share writing the nomination text. Ask co-workers, supervisors, students, and/or faculty (including those in other departments, labs, or centers who may work with the nominee) to submit a detailed statement in support of your nomination.
  • Keep recognizing. If you submitted an MLK Leadership Award nomination last year, consider revising it and citing most recent, specific examples of contributions made over this year and resubmit.

These tips are adapted with permission from the MIT Excellence Awards.