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​Awards

PUCESA presents seven awards each year, primarily to its members. Descriptions of each award, nomination requirements, deadlines, and application instructions appear below.

Please email all nomination materials to the Awards Committee Chair, Shaun Casteel, scasteel@purdue.edu.


​​​​​The Spirit of Extension

The Spirit of Extension Award is given to an individual, organization, or business not employed at Purdue for outstanding service or contributions to specialists’ programs, services or practices.  The aim is to recognize outstanding contributions of time, expertise, and/or support for PUCESA and its members.  Primary criteria for the award include one or more of the following: (1) demonstrated support for a specific PUCESA project; (2) significant contribution through a PUCESA collaboration or partnership; or (3) continuous support for PUCESA mission and goals.

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Ann Hancook Award

The Ann Hancook​​ Award is co-sponsored by IEEA, PUCESA, and the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi. The award recognizes cooperation between Extension Educators and Specialists in programs that focus on families.

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Early-Career Award

The Early-Career Award recognizes an Extension Specialist with less than 10 years of service. Recipients must demonstrate Extension leadership; excellence in delivering public education programs; innovative approaches to program development and delivery; outreach efforts to county Extension Educators; research that benefits Extension clientele through practical application; or through demonstrated collaboration with county Educators, agencies, or community leaders.

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Mid-Career Award

The Mid-Career Award recognizes an Extension specialist with 11-20 years of service. Recipients must demonstrate Extension leadership; excellence in delivering public education programs; innovative approaches to program development; outreach efforts to county Extension Educators; research that benefits Extension clientele through practical application; or demonstrated collaboration with county Educators, agencies, or community leaders.​

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Career Award

The Career Award recognizes an Extension Specialist with more than 20 years of service. Recipients must demonstrate Extension leadership; excellence in delivering public education programs; innovative approaches to program development and delivery; outreach efforts to county Extension Educators; research that benefits Extension clientele through practical application; or through demonstrated collaboration with county Educators, agencies, or community leaders.

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Leadership Award

The Leadership Award recognizes an individual’s leadership and contribution to a specific and highly effective Extension pprogram. Note: Special Award nominees do not need to be PUCESA members.

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Team Award

The Team Award recognizes innovative Extension Programming by a team of Specialists and their allied partners. Note: Team Award nominees do not need to be PUCESA members.

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Student in Extension Award

The Student in Extension Award is given to a graduate student that has made outstanding contributions to the Cooperative Extension Service and shows exceptional promise in this role. The award recipient receives a cash award of $500.

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