IUPUI Elite 50

Recognizing Your Achievements

The Division of Student Affairs, the IUPUI Graduate Office, and Graduate and Professional Student Government are pleased to honor the 2024 IUPUI Elite 50.

Each year, IUPUI honors 50 graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom in areas such as campus leadership, scholarly work, and community engagement.

The Elite 50 represents the best of the best among IUPUI’s graduate and professional students and captures everything that makes our campus exceptional.

Individuals who are positioned as the top 10 applicants receive the Premier 10 award. The Dr. Charles R. Bantz Award for Excellence is given to the top applicant of all Elite 50 candidates. The award is named after Chancellor Emeritus Charles R. Bantz in recognition of his service to the IUPUI community and his commitment to graduate and professional students.

Who is eligible?

Currently enrolled graduate and professional students at IUPUI who are in good standing with the university and are in a degree-seeking graduate or professional program.

Applications will be evaluated based upon their contributions while enrolled at IUPUI as a graduate or professional student including efforts in:  1) community engagement and service, 2) campus engagement and service, and 3) research and scholarly work.

A panel of faculty, staff, and students, including an ex-officio representative of campus administration, will participate in reviewing applications based on the breadth and depth within each category. The panel recognizes that based on the nature of your academic work, you may have more contributions in one or two categories rather than all three.

You can only receive the IUPUI Elite 50 once during your academic career at IUPUI.


  • Online application showcasing community engagement, campus engagement, service, research, and scholarly work
  • Submission of one letter of recommendation attesting to the student’s leadership, scholarship, and community engagement activities by designed recommender.


From the 50 students selected for recognition as the Elite 50, the top 10 students will be recognized as the Premier 10. The overall award winner will receive the Dr. Charles R. Bantz Award for Excellence and a $500 scholarship.

Important Dates

Winners will be announced in early March and recipients will be honored at the IUPUI Elite 50 Awards Banquet.

  • January 8, 2024—Nomination Deadline
  • January 15, 2024—Application Deadline
  • February 9, 2024—Recommendation Letter Deadline
  • April 9, 2024—IUPUI Elite 50 Awards Banquet

Nominate an Outstanding Student

Do you know a graduate or professional student who has demonstrated excellence inside and outside the classroom? A simple nomination will provide them with instructions on how to apply for the 2024 IUPUI Elite 50.

Submit your nominee here