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National Student Honor Society

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The Selection Process:

    Step #1. Each ACAPT member institution will be responsible for creating their own process for nominating, reviewing, selecting, and honoring inductees.

    Step #2. Individual ACAPT member institutions shall either create a specific internal committee, or utilize a current selection committee, to receive and review all student application materials for the National Student Honors Society.  Institutions are encouraged to use the rubric shown below in their selection process.

    Step #3. All student submissions should be screened to ensure the applicant packet is complete, and based on the criteria established by ACAPT for each category (Academic, Service, Research, Leadership).

    Step #4. Students selected to be inducted into the National Student Honors Society are presented to the chair/director of the ACAPT member institution for final endorsement.

    Step #5. The chair/director of the ACAPT member institution will submit the names of students to be inducted into the ACAPT National Student Honors Society.  To do this, send an email to acapt@apta.org with the subject line "National Student Honor Society Inductee(s) Selected".  Include the student's first and last name and their institution.  Please also inform us if you want the lapel pins and certificates mailed to the students or someone else (and provide his/her name and address) who will present these items to them at an upcoming ceremony.  We'll need to know the date by which these need to be received so we can schedule the mailing in time.  We will then indicate this student's information on our Inductees page (will be activated once the first group of inductees have been selected by their institution).

    Step #6.  The ACAPT member institution may notify the inductees in whatever manner deemed appropriate.  ACAPT will send a National Student Honor Society lapel pin and certificate to the inductee as well as include their name on the National Student Honor Society website as an inductee. 

    Note: Should students or their institution wish to purchase honor cords for their inductees to wear, then they should be sure to use the colors for the Delta Phi Tau Honor Society, which are Teal and Gold in a single cord.  Honor cords purchased are the expense of the student or institution.

    For questions, contact acapt@apta.org

 

Scoring Rubric

    The following scoring rubric is to objectively assess the categories of service, leadership, research, and other activities submitted by nominees to the National Student Honors Society.  Applicants who demonstrate excellence in providing service in health care functions and physical therapy related areas should receive greater consideration by selection committees at ACAPT member institutions during the decision making process.

    Grade Not Listed Poor Fair Good Excellent
    Service:
    Community/ School Impact
    0 1
    Service has a marginal effect on the local community/ school
    2 Service has an effect on the local community/ school3 Service affects a regional area greater than the local community/ school 4 Service affects an area greater than the regional area
    Time Spent Serving 0 1
    A single volunteer event
    2
    1-2 hours per week
    3
    2-5 hours per week
    4
    5+ hours per week
    Duration of positive impact of service 0 1
    Service has a positive effect on the community/ school but no lasting impact
    2
    Service has community/ school impact lasting < 1 yr
    3
    Service has a community/ school impact lasting > 1 yr
    4
    Service has a community/ school impact lasting indefinitely (ie. policy change)
    Leadership: Qualities/ Role/ Positions 0 1
    No leadership roles or positions held, but some qualities identified
    2
    Demonstrates evidence of leadership qualities and roles, minimally defined or little evidence of impact
    3
    Demonstrates evidence of leadership qualities/roles/ including positions held, evidence of some impact and responsibility
    4
    Demonstrates evidence of leadership qualities/ roles/ positions with great responsibility and widespread impact
    Research:0 1
    Participated as a subject in a faculty or student supervised research project
    2
    Paid position as research assistant – research contributes to advancing the PT profession
    3
    Active participation in research (e.g. co-investigator) contributing to the PT profession
    4
    Contributed author in peer reviewed scholarship (published abstract, published journal article, CSM presentation, other national presentation)
     
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