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CALS Core Value Staff Awards

Core Value Staff Awards will be given to individuals and/or teams that demonstrate outstanding contributions to the college through the exemplary incorporation of one of the Skills for Success outlined by the university.

Nominations can be for a special project or initiative, for lifetime achievement, or for exemplary service.

Nomination packages should highlight the candidate’s strengths and contributions to the college's mission and vision. With this in mind, use the following categories from Cornell's Skills for Success as a general guide:

  • Communication
  • Growth
  • Inclusion
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Judgment
  • Vision

Note: The CALS Core Value Staff Award Review Committee has the option to grant an Unsung Hero award. 

How to Nominate a Staff Member

To nominate colleagues, please complete this form and provide a nomination packet containing

  • A nominating statement containing the Name, Title, and Department of the nominee(s); a summary of achievements for which an individual or team is being nominated; and the Names(s) and signature(s) of nominator(s).
  • Four to six letters of support.
  • Note: Previous individual awardees are not eligible to be considered for another award for a period of three years after their most recent award date (however, team awardees may be considered for an individual award).

We encourage you to consider updating and resubmitting nominations from last year, as we often have more than one excellent nomination.


The award is open to all regular full- and part-time CALS staff members not currently serving on the Awards Review Committee.  Please reach out to the CALS Dean’s Office at calsdean [at] (calsdean[at]cornell[dot]edu) to inquire about committee members.

Anyone in the CALS community may submit a nomination, including staff members, faculty members, graduate students, or undergraduate students. Nominees must be regular full- or part-time CALS employees on the deadline date for package submission.