Emerging PDS Leader


Information Age Publishing (IAP) has agreed to sponsor an award for a student member of NAPDS.  The award ($100) was presented initially by random draw at the 2017 Annual Conference.  To perpetuate the award, eligibility and selection criteria are indicated below.


  • Be a full-time student member of NAPDS at the time of the Annual Conference
  • Attend the annual conference (membership included in registration)
  • Receive a nomination from a member of NAPDS


Candidates will be considered in light of their contributions in one or more areas, including:

  • Service on a committee or publication of NAPDS prior to the Annual Conference
  • Volunteer service at the Annual Conference
  • Presenting at the Annual Conference
  • Publication in School-University Partnerships or PDS Partners
  • Service to home institution’s PDS program

Selection Process

  1. NAPDS members may nominate candidates by letter or email to the Awards Committee (awards@napds.org) .
  2. Nominations may be prior to or during the Annual Conference to allow for consideration of student member involvement at the event.
  3. A sub-committee of the Awards Committee in attendance at the Annual Conference will review nominations using a simple rubric based on the eligibility conditions and criteria detailed above.  The committee may decide to interview a small number of finalists if needed to select a single honoree.
  4. The winner will be announced at an appropriate session of the conference and publicized via the NAPDS website.


Past Winners:


  • Shelby Ennis, Salisbury University
  • Erin Morgart, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ashley Nylin, University of Georgia