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Cooperative Education (Co-op)
Co-op Student of the Year

Every year, a graduating McCormick senior who has exceeded the expectations of their co-op employer by providing excellent contributions and dedication to the on-going success of the company is chosen as the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education Student of the Year. 

The winning student will receive a cash award and a plaque presented at the McCormick graduation convocation in June.

In addition, the student will be nominated for Co-op Student of the Year in nationwide competitions sponsored by:

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Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education Student of the Year award, a student must be:

  • A graduating senior participating in the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Education Program
  • In the process of completing at least three work terms with the same employer by the application deadline
  • Nominated by their employer through the nomination process

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Nomination Process

For Employers

In late summer, Engineering Career Development will notify employers of all co-op students eligible to be nominated for the Student of the Year award.

Employers choosing to nominate their co-op student will need to submit a nomination letter to the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education Program (please review key dates).

Nomination letters should be two-page, typed, double-spaced statements of support that include as many of the following topics as are relevant:

  • The student’s work-related duties, quantity of work, and quality of work
  • Examples of the student’s initiative or creative/original work
  • Examples of how the student met the challenges of his/her co-op assignments
  • Any published papers, presentations, or other formal presentations of the student’s work (Please do not include the presentations or papers, just discuss them in your letter)
  • Any recognition or awards from the company to the student
  • The student’s involvement in the community
  • The student’s involvement in improving the company's co-op program
  • The overall impact of this student on the department or company
  • Any other pertinent information to support the nomination

For Students

Each employer-nominated student will be contacted by Engineering Career Development. They will be required to submit a student packet which contains their student statement and an updated copy of their resume (please review key dates).

Student statements should be two-page, typed, double-spaced statements of support that include as many of the following topics as are relevant:

  • How their co-op experiences have impacted college and future careers
  • Future career goals
  • Achievements, awards, honors and self-initiative both on the job and in school
  • Contributions to the employer, school, and community

judging

Once all employer and student nomination materials have been received, a panel of individuals who represent the academic and industry sectors will judge the nomination packets.

The student receiving the highest rankings from the judges will be selected as Co-op Student of the Year.

Please contact Tameca Lyons with any questions regarding the nomination process.

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Key Dates

Early August – Employers are notified of eligible co-op students

August 30 - Employer Nomination Letters due

Week of September 16 – Students notified of nominations

October 4 – Student Statement and Resume due

October 25 – Final submissions by judging panel for McCormick Co-op Student of the Year

October 31 – McCormick Co-op Student of the Year is announced

November 1 – McCormick Co-op Student of the Year is nominated for the national award

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Past Winners

Matthew Amrofell - 2017

Magdalena Olewinska - 2016

Ryan DeBlock - 2015

Julianne Wagoner - 2014