Mary A McEvoy Public Engagement and Leadership Award
Honoring Outstanding Student Leaders

Mary A. McEvoy Award


Mary A. McEvoy was a professor of early childhood special education and a former chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. In collaboration with Professional Student Government and the Council of Graduate Students, the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership is presented to graduate and professional students who display leadership and public engagement above and beyond their normal duties and responsibilities. This award is given to one graduate and one professional student annually. Candidates must demonstrate dedication and assistance that benefit an individual, group or community, or strengthen a democratic way of life.

Public Engagement is defined as:

  1. Outreach: Facilitating and improving public engagement initiatives in one’s own community.
  2. Research: Developing, conducting and disseminating original and publishable public engagement research.
  3. Community Concerns: Setting up local initiatives that could create reciprocal partnerships within the community.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Mary A. McEvoy Award, a candidate must be...

  1. A graduate or professional student
  2. A 2022 President’s Student Leadership and Services Award recipient
  3. Have a 3.5 GPA (cumulative)
  4. Provide a personal interview with the Mary A. McEvoy selection committee

Award Process

Students cannot be directly nominated for this award. Instead candidates for this award must be:

Award candidates will be asked to answer additional essay questions in March. The Mary A. McEvoy award selection committee will review these essays and PSLSA nomination materials.

Candidates will also interview with the Mary A. McEvoy Award selection committee in early April, after which award recipients will be notified.