Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Rookie Award

The Rookie Award recognizes an outstanding College of Engineering staff member who has been a part of the College of Engineering for a period of at least six months and no more than two years at the time of the nomination deadline. Recipients will receive an engraved award and a cash prize.


Nomination Guidelines


The award is open to all full- or part-time College of Engineering staff members who have been a part of the College of Engineering for six months to two years as of November 1 of the nomination year. Current members of the staff awards committee are not eligible. Staff members who are eligible for the Rookie Award are not eligible for Staff Recognition Awards. Staff members who have been with the College of Engineering for fewer than six months as of November 1 of the nomination year are not eligible. Previous Rookie Award winners are not eligible to win the Rookie Award again. The award is given to individuals only. Nominations for a group will not be considered. College of Engineering faculty members, including special faculty, are not eligible.

Please Note: Part-time staff members are those who work a sufficient number of hours to receive Carnegie Mellon benefits or who have joint appointments, spending at least 50% of their time working for the College of Engineering.



The basis for selection will be excellence in the areas of job performance, dedication, positive attitude and contributions as a team player. For additional clarification, please refer to the same guidelines as outlined in the College of Engineering Staff Recognition Award Nomination Criteria.



Any Carnegie Mellon staff member, faculty member, graduate student or undergraduate student may submit a nomination.

Packets should include the following:

  • A letter of two pages or less justifying your position that the nominee satisfies the criteria.
  • Letters of reference from at least 1 but no more than 2 other Carnegie Mellon staff, faculty or students. This may include letters from outside the department.
  • One letter of reference should be from one of the nominee's supervisor(s).
  • Any other information the nominator may consider appropriate. Please keep additional information to a reasonable length.