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Undergraduate Record 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Record 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

School of Engineering and Applied Science: Awards, Honors, and Scholarships

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The Rodman Scholars Program, named for Walter S. Rodman, Dean of the School of Engineering from 1933 to 1946, selects students on the basis of demonstrated and potential scholarship, entrepreneurship and leadership. Participation is by invitation only. The program emphasizes the first year of study, in which Scholars take special courses in engineering design and professional practice. The first-year scholars live in a dormitory set aside for Rodman Scholars and Echols Scholars of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Virginia Engineering Outstanding Student Award is made annually and given to a current SEAS undergraduate student who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance, leadership, and service.

The Mac Wade Award is presented in memory of Freeman McMillan Wade, Class of 1952, who was killed in action in the Korean War. It is awarded annually to the group, faculty member, or student who has rendered outstanding service to the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Scholarships There are no scholarships for which newly admitted students can apply. Students whose families qualify for financial aid are automatically considered for certain scholarships as part of their aid package.

A limited number of endowed merit-based scholarships are awarded to incoming Rodman scholars. Selections are made prior to the offer of admission to the University, and the award offers are extended at the time students are invited to join the Rodman Scholars Program. Prospective students do not apply for either the program or the scholarship.

Regardless of financial need status, enrolled students who can demonstrate satisfactory progress toward their degrees have the opportunity to apply for a number of industrial or endowed scholarships. These have specific restrictions, such as GPA, major field, academic level, intended area of employment, geographic location, and demonstrated leadership. The scholarships are publicized to the student body in early spring for submission to the committee after the spring recess, usually around the third week of March.

Dean’s List Full-time students who demonstrate academic excellence while taking a minimum of 15 credits of graded course work are eligible for the Dean’s List of Distinguished Students at the end of each semester. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis may not be counted toward the 15-credit minimum. A current minimum grade point average of 3.400 is necessary to be eligible for the dean’s list. Any student receiving an F, NC, or NG during the semester is not eligible to be on the dean’s list.

Intermediate Honors A certificate of intermediate honors is awarded to the top twenty percent of those students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science who enter the University directly from high school or preparatory school and earn at least 60 credits of course work in their first four regular semesters. The computation is based upon the cumulative grade point average at the end of the fourth semester. No more than twelve of the 60 required credits may be earned on a CR/NC or S/U basis. Advanced placement and transfer credits do not count toward the required credits. 

Theses and Commencement Honors Students who have demonstrated high academic achievement in pursuit of their bachelor’s degree are eligible for commencement honors.

Diplomas inscribed “with distinction” are awarded to graduates who have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.400.

Diplomas inscribed “with high distinction” are awarded to graduates who have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.600.

Diplomas inscribed “with highest distinction” are awarded to graduates who have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.800.

All students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, whether or not they satisfy the requirements for commencement honors, are required to complete a senior thesis portfolio and take STS 4500 and 4600, a two-course sequence.