Dean E.M. Freeman Medal


The Dean E.M. Freeman Medal is a significant award bestowed upon a student enrolled in a college or an academic program on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.

This medal is awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated an unusual sense of personal responsibility for the welfare of the University of Minnesota and its community. Special emphasis is placed on involvement in the life and activities of the St. Paul campus. In addition, importance is placed on the individual’s demonstrated academic performance while at the U of M. The Dean E.M. Freeman Medal is given both in appreciation of the individual, and as a community statement recognizing the importance of truly outstanding individual contributions.

The late Dean E.M. Freeman was noted for his constant interest in and devotion to all activities that promoted student leadership and self-development. Dean Freeman served as the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics from 1917 to 1943. His service to students and to student development make it particularly appropriate that this award be entitled the Dean E.M. Freeman Medal.


Nominees must be undergraduate students in their final year of a CFANS major and must be in good standing with the University of Minnesota.

Selection Criteria

Nominees are evaluated based on the quantity, quality, breadth and depth of their contributions to the St. Paul campus community, and secondarily, by their academic record. Contributions may be: 1) In the form of service or leadership; 2) Individual or organizational; 3) Directly to the campus or to the greater campus area; 4) Through the traditional positions in St. Paul campus college, departmental or social organizations; St. Paul campus fraternities and sororities; Bailey Hall, Twin Cities campus or University governance; 5) Through new, different, or non-traditional ways.

Nomination and Evaluation Process

During the spring semester, nominations are solicited from college advisers, faculty, student organizations, student personnel staff, and other members of the campus community. Individuals are encouraged to nominate as many students as they deem appropriate.

Nominations must be submitted electronically by 5 pm on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Please note: the nomination form will request that you upload the following in ONE .pdf dossier:

- A letter of support from nominator describing the contributions which make this nominee deserving of the award. Include specific examples that demonstrate the scope of the student's service and leadership and what the outcomes of this involvement were.

- A personal statement from the student including two (2) additional references and their contact information, as well as a description of any contributions the student has made to the University through service, leadership, or involvement in student activities, committees, task forces, special projects, etc., including positions held and responsibilities.

If selected for the award, the student will also be asked to supply additional contact information for announcements to their family and hometown.

A committee composed of St. Paul campus faculty, students, and staff will choose a recipient from among the nominees. The recipient will receive a medal and a $100 honorarium. The medal will be presented at the spring college assembly in May.

Contact Betty Davidson,, 612-625-7061