In 1970 the AAUP established a Higher Education Writers Award, now known as the Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education, presented for outstanding interpretive reporting on higher education. In 2013, the AAUP established a second award, The Martin D. Snyder Award for Excellence in Student Coverage of Higher Education for high caliber reporting in student newspapers. Martin Snyder, an advocate of quality student journalism, served as the AAUP’s associate general secretary and as director of the AAUP’s Department of External Relations.
The Martin D. Snyder Award for Excellence in Student Coverage of Higher Education is awarded to a student reporter for outstanding coverage of higher education that exhibits analytical and investigative reporting. The purpose of the award is to encourage thoughtful and comprehensive reporting of higher education issues in student newspapers.
Entries for the award must have been published between January 1 and December 31 of the prior year. Entries may be single articles or a series, but editorials and columns will not be considered for the award.
Submissions may be made by a student, editor, or by a faculty member. Applicants may be self-nominating. Each application must be accompanied by an entry form. Download information and the application form.
Entries must be postmarked by March15.
Please contact Laura Markwardt at the AAUP's Washington office for more information.
2014 Marissa Ditkowsky, “Cuts Affect Doctoral Program.” Brandeis University’s The Justice.
2015 Sarah Brown and Hayley Fowler, "Non-tenured Faculty Hope for Better Working Conditions.” The Daily Tar Heel.
2016 Ryan Golden and Rebecca Schisler, “Mount President’s Attempt to Improve Retention Rate Included Seeking Dismissal of 20-25 First-Year Students.” The Mountain Echo.