Awards and Recognition

Academic Awards

“A” Pin

Students who achieve a 4.0 GPA over two consecutive semesters with 15 credits each semester or more are awarded the “A” pin, one of the oldest awards at Utah State for academic achievement, started in 1910. To confirm eligibility, contact the University Registrar.

Dean’s List

Each semester, students who earn a 3.5 GPA and enroll in a minimum of 15 credits are entered on the Dean’s List for their respective college.

Latin Scholastic Distinction

A student must complete a minimum of 40 USU semester credits. Grade point averages are USU cumulative GPAs. Transfer credits are not considered. Latin Distinctions are Summa Cum Laude (3.950 to 4.000 GPA), Magna Cum Laude (3.800 to 3.949 GPA), and Cum Laude (3.500 to 3.799 GPA).

Research Awards

Undergraduate Research Transcript Designation

The Undergraduate Research Scholar Transcript Designation is given to more fully recognize the accomplishments of USU’s undergraduate researchers.

To qualify for the Undergraduate Research Scholar, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of two semesters of research, scholarship, or creative activity supervised by a faculty mentor. Quantifying a number of hours per week spent on the project is helpful; students can keep a log of their time. A specific quantity is not required since the work may take place over a minimum of two semesters or go at a different pace over an extended number of semesters.
  • Dissemination of research through a recognized venue such as the on-campus Student Showcase, Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol, Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hills, or a professional conference in the field of study. Alternate venues for creative activity may include art exhibitions or performances.
  • The endorsement of the faculty mentor(s)

Additional activities that may be considered in the plan for achieving the transcript designation, but are NOT required, include the following:

  • A substantial written product from the research, scholarship, or creative activity. This could be a senior thesis, journal article, Honors thesis.
  • Enrollment in and completion of research credits. (For departments that do not have a research course, the university course—USU 4900 Undergraduate Research—may be used.)
  • Certification for research activities such as Institutional Review Board (IRB) training in human subjects research or training in animal research.
  • Development of a research portfolio (electronic or non-electronic).

Confirmation of the completion of the plan should be submitted by the Student Researcher and Faculty Mentor no later than two weeks before graduation in order for the Transcript to be so marked. The faculty mentor can send confirmation of the application via e-mail.

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Undergraduate Researcher of the Year

This award was inaugurated in 2004 and endowed by David and Terry Peak in 2008. In addition to being an excellent, a notable undergraduate researcher is one who has consistently engaged in independent inquiry, through classes, student employment, and independent research grants (URCO). Students can also typically seek to share their results at undergraduate research events or professional conferences.

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CUR Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers.  This allows graduate schools to contact high-quality undergraduate researchers. Go to to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student.

USU Goldwater Scholars


Bryce Frederickson and Ethan Hammer
Bryce Frederickson and Ethan Hammer2019 Goldwater Scholars


David Maughan
David MaughanHonorable Mention
Past Goldwater Scholars