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Call for Nominations

April 05, 2024

Caltech's Staff Service & Impact Awards ceremony, which celebrates the work staff members do to advance the mission of the Institute, will take place on Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m. in Beckman Auditorium. Nominations for the 2024 Schmitt Prize may be made here. Nominations for the 2024 Team Impact Award may be made here. Visit the Service & Impact Awards website to see previous winners. Nominations are due by April 24.

Thomas W. Schmitt Annual Staff Prize

The Schmitt Prize was established in 2007 through the initiative of Thomas W. Schmitt, former associate vice president for human resources. Schmitt proposed the idea of a staff prize to senior administrators, and it was eventually funded by Ted Jenkins, Caltech alumnus (BS '65, MS '66) and trustee, who spent his professional career in the semiconductor industry. All staff members are eligible for this award and are nominated by members of the Caltech community.

The prize is presented at the annual Staff Service & Impact Awards ceremony to a staff member of the Caltech community whose contributions embody the values and spirit that enables the Institute to achieve excellence in research and education.

All staff members are eligible for this award, and are nominated by a member of the Caltech community. A committee of six faculty and staff members makes the final selection based on the following criteria. The selected staff member should

  • Enjoy uncommon trust and respect among their peers,
  • Directly or indirectly support the Institute's research and teaching mission in a singularly effective, professional, and passionate manner, and
  • Engender a spirit of enthusiasm about Caltech and its values among everyone with whom they interact, both on campus and off.

Team Impact Award

Caltech is comprised of many teams working collaboratively to accomplish amazing things. In recognition of the great work of teams the Team Impact Award was introduced in 2016.

The award recognizes and rewards those teams that make significant contributions to the work and mission of the Institute. Teams who receive the award should be able to demonstrate that their work impacted and supported the research and/or education programs at the Institute.