The Alvah K. Borman Award Guidelines

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The CEED/ASEE may present one or two of these awards each year to Division members (past or present) who have made sustained, honorable and meritorious contributions to the promotion of the philosophy and practice of cooperative education in engineering and technology.  Instituted in 1979, this award honors Alvah K. Borman, Dean of Graduate Placement Services, Northeastern University, for his numerous outstanding contributions to engineering cooperative education over many years, including the founding and editorship of the CEED Newsbrief from 1969 until his death ten years later.


The award is a framed certificate signed by the chairman of the CEED/ASEE and the president of the ASEE and a handsome wooden plaque with engraved lettering on brass.  There is also a $1,000 honorarium.  It is presented at an Awards Banquet at the annual CIEC.


Nominees for the award must be active members of CEED/ASEE or have been members during their professional lives.  Persons nominated should have made clearly outstanding contributions to the advancement of Engineering Cooperative Education over a significant period of time as evidenced by leadership positions held in the Division, publications in the cooperative education field, or other significant and related activities.  This includes, but is not limited to, contributions to CEED, Universities, and Industry.  Attendance at the CEED Awards Banquet to receive the award in person is required, unless extenuating circumstances are present.


Nominators must be active members of CEED/ASEE or have been members during their professional lives.  No member may nominate himself/herself, a family member, or a superior or a subordinate in his/her own organization.  No member of the Borman Award Selection Committee can nominate a candidate.  The nomination form must be completed and submitted to the Chairman of the CEED/ASEE Awards Committee by the announced deadline.  The description of the contributions made by the nominee must be limited to one additional page.  However, supporting letters from other individuals may also be submitted.

If an individual is nominated and does not receive an award, she/he may be nominated again the following year merely by sending a letter to the CEED/ASEE Awards Committee Chair before the announced deadline, and referring to the completed application of the previous year.

Nominations shall be considered solely on the basis of information submitted by the nominator. 


The CEED/ASEE Borman Award Selection Committee will review all nominations and select the recipient(s) of this award.  If the committee judges that none of the nominees are deserving of the award, the committee reserves the right to make no selection.  Not more than two awards shall be made in any one-year.  If there are two, it is encouraged (but not mandatory) that one should be made to a college or university member, the other to an employer representative (industry or government).  Nominations with committee recommendations will be submitted to the Executive Board of CEED/ASEE, which shall approve the awards.

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