Graduate Professional Student Government

Elite 50 FAQ's

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1. What is Elite 50?
The purpose of the Elite 50 is to recognize and reward achievement outside the classroom among our 8,100 graduate and professional student population.

2. Who is eligible to apply for Elite 50?
Applicants for the Elite 50 are graduate and professional students on the IUPUI campus in an IUPUI program. December 2016 graduates are eligible to apply. There is no nomination process. All graduate and professional students are welcome to apply.

3. Is there a GPA requirement?
Yes, a minimum GPA of 3.3 is required. Applicants from a curved program with a 2.3 GPA minimum will be eligible to apply with a 2.8 GPA. Applicants GPA’s will be verified via IUPUI student records. If you do not have a GPA, please indicate as such on your application.

4. How can a student apply for Elite 50?
If you are interested please fill out the Elite 50 application that can be found on the GPSG Den website.

5. When is the application deadline?
The application and materials are due no later than 5pm on Friday, March 10th, 2017. 

6. What information will be needed to complete the application?
The application consists of four components:
1. Confirmation of Applicant Eligibility, including GPA
2. One Recommendation Letter
3. Documentation of University Service
4. Documentation of Community Benefits
To complete sections 3 and 4 an applicant must have more detailed information ready.  The following information will be needed:
a. Name of the organization/activity
b. Position(s) held within the organization
c. Events the candidate was involved in with that organization
d. Contact within the organization for further information
e. Time within the organization (period of time as well as hours/hours per week)
f.  How the candidate’s experience within the organization relates to university service or community benefit categories (i.e what was their net benefit).  This portion may be no longer than 500 words.

7. What does university service means?
University service means involvement in activities/organizations that have benefited the IUPUI campus. Accolades awarded to the student may be listed as well (E.g. scholarships, fellowships, internships, awards, research). In this section of the application students are limited to describing 3 experiences during enrollment as a graduate/professional student at IUPUI.

8. What does community benefit mean?
Community benefit means involvement in activities/organizations that have benefited the community at large (local or internationally). In this section of the application students are limited to describing 3 experiences during enrollment as a graduate/professional student at IUPUI.

9. Where can applications be submitted?
All applications need to be submitted on The Den website.

10. Is there a nomination process for Elite 50?
There is no nomination process. All graduate and professional students are welcome to apply.

11. Is a Letter of Recommendation required?
Yes, one recommendation letter is required from a faculty or staff member who has advised, supervised or observed the applicant’s university service or community benefits activities. The recommendation must be on official letterhead and addresses what added value the applicant contributed to the campus or community. This recommendation needs to be submitted with a completed application.

12. How are applications reviewed?
Applications will be reviewed by staff, faculty and administrators on the IUPUI campus. Scoring will focus on achievement outside of the classroom. Applicants will be scored in three categories: University Service, Recommendation Letter and Community Benefit.  The total possible score will be 75 points.  An achievement can only be put in one category, either University Service or Community Benefit.

13. When is the Elite 50 Celebration Dinner?
The Elite 50 Celebration Dinner which takes place on April 19th, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Campus Center Room 450.

14. When will the award recipients be notified?
Award recipients will be notified no later than the week of April 1st.

15. What specific awards will be given?
A total of 78 awards will be given throughout the Elite 50 Celebration Dinner. The following describe the different categories.
Best in (school) [17] – This award will be given to students who had the highest total score as compared to peers within their academic school(s).
Elite 50 [50] – This award is given to students whose score ranks in the top fifty of applications submitted.
Premier 10 [10] – This award is given to students whose score ranks in the top ten of applications submitted.
Dr. Charles R. Bantz Award for Excellence [1] – This award is given to the student who achieves the highest score amongst all applications.

16. How much will it cost to attend the Elite 50 Celebration Dinner?
The ticket prices are the following
Individual Tickets:
IUPUI Undergraduate Student Tickets/Graduate Students ($35 per person)
IUPUI Faculty/Staff ($40 per person)
Community Partner Tickets ($40 per person)
Student Table ($35 x 10 people = $350.00)
IUPUI Faculty/Staff Table ($40 x 10 people = $400.00)
Community Table ($40 x 10 people = $400.00)

Sponsorship Packages:
Platinum Level Package ($500): Full table (10 seats), Full page ad, Recognition token,
Gold Level Package ($450): Full table (10 seats), Half page ad
Silver Level Package ($225): Half table (5 seats), Quarter page ad

17. When will tickets go on sale?
Tickets will go on sale in the spring semester 2017.

18. I am interested in learning more about sponsorship information. Who do I contact?
Please email the GPSG  President at gpsgpres@iupui.edu for more information.

19. How long has this been a GPSG tradition?
Elite 50 is in its third year of being a GPSG tradition.

20. Still have questions about Elite 50?
Please email the GPSG President at gpsgpres@iupui.edu for more information.