The ceremony to award the main university prize dates back to 2001. While the number of categories and their names have changed over time, prizes have always been awarded to the best teacher, best researcher, best graduate and to people who have made the most significant contribution to the university’s development. Award winners are determined by a vote of the Board of Tenured Professors and receive a statuette of a golden crow.
In 2014, the Prize will be awarded in the following categories:
- Achievement in teaching – to full-time teachers and postgraduate students at the HSE and its branches for achieving particular success in teaching, including preparation of a new course, textbook or teaching materials.
- Achievement in research – to full-time teachers, research associates, and postgraduate students at the HSE and its branches for active research and teaching activity.
- Alumni success in academic activity – to alumni of the HSE and its branches for active research and teaching activities.
- Alumni success in professional activity – to alumni of the HSE and its branches for successful work in public administration or business.
- Contribution to development of the School – to full-time teachers and employees of the HSE and its branches for professional achievements that further the development of the HSE as a centre for creating a new body of qualified specialists and a human resource base for an efficient market economy.
- For kindness and personal involvement – to full-time employees of the HSE and its branches for a caring attitude towards work and good-natured relationships with colleagues and students.
- Silver Nestling – for current undergraduates, professional education and Master’s students at the HSE.
With the exception of the ‘Silver Nestling’, candidates can be nominated in all categories by subdivisions (including jointly), student organizations, as well as groups of employees at the Higher School of Economics. Self-nomination is not permitted. Candidates may be nominated jointly by several subdivisions. If a subdivision nominating an applicant is part of a faculty or branch that has an academic council, this nomination may be discussed and supported by the relevant academic council. Nomination of groups is not permitted.
STAGES OF THE COMPETITION
The competition for the award in all categories is carried out in several stages:
- Nomination of candidates
- Placement of applications on the HSE website for informal discussion and voting (during the nomination period)
- First round of voting: Determination of Nominees
Nominees in each category are determined by members of the HSE Academic Council who vote by closed secret ballot on the list of nominated candidates. There are three nominees in each category.
When voting, a member of the HSE Academic Council may select no more than three candidates in each category. In the event that two or more candidates simultaneously receive an equal number of votes, the HSE Academic Council may choose to increase the number of Winners. The Winners of the first round become Nominees and are advanced to the second round of the competition. The list of Nominees is posted on the HSE website.
- Second round of voting: Determination of Prize Winners
Prize Winners are determined from among the nominees in each category by the HSE’s Board of Tenured Professors. Information about the competition’s Prize Winners is confidential until the results are announced.
- Awards ceremony
The names of the competition’s Prize Winners are announced at the annual awards ceremony that will take place on November 27, 2014.
Applications are completed using an electronic form on the HSE website.
Nominate a candidate in all categories (except Silver Nestling). The form is in Russian. Please ask your Russian colleagues to help you fill it in.
Submitted applications must contain:
- Name of category
- Name of subdivision, student organization or group of employees nominating the candidate
- Name of the applicant
- Photograph of the applicant in electronic form
- Brief justification of the nomination (up to two pages)
‘Silver Nestling’ Category for 2014
Candidates in the ‘Silver Nestling’ category can be nominated by teachers and research associates from all HSE campuses. Each teacher (research association) can propose only one candidate who must be a current undergraduate, professional education or Master's student at the HSE.
Competition winners are determined by a vote by members of the HSE’s Board of Tenured Professors.
Applications for the Silver Nestling category will be accepted from October 1 till October 26, 2014.
Nominate a Silver Nestling (The form is in Russian. Please ask your Russian colleagues to help you fill it in)
Submitted applications must include:
- Name and position of teacher nominating the candidate
- Name of candidate, faculty and course level
- Reason for the nomination
More information about the competition is available on the competition site (in Russian).