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CSI Student Org, Leadership, and Service Awards

Learn about the awards presented by the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) to student organizations, individuals, and Community Advisors at its Annual Awards Ceremony.

Student organizations annual awards

Nomination applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will open Thursday, March 29, 2018! 

For individual award nomination forms, see each category below.

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Student Org of the Year

Prize: $250 to your student organization account

This award is given to the CSI registered student organization that displays outstanding effort in all areas, in relation to its purpose, based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership of the organization in reaching its goals
  • Contributions to the University and /or outside community
  • Development of its members

Nomination Form

 

2016–2017 winner:

Virtual Realty Club

2015–2016 winner:

UCSD Student Foundation

2014–2015 winner:

Alternative Breaks@UCSD

New Student Org of the Year

Prize: $50 to your student organization account

This award is given to a CSI student organization that registered after May 1, 2017, and that displays outstanding effort in all areas, based on the following three criteria:

  • Maintained a strong membership base
  • Made exceptional progress on accomplishing organization's goals
  • Hosted or sponsored campus-wide program and events 

Nomination Form

 

2016–2017 winner:

Emergency Medical Services at UCSD

2015–2016 winner:

Virtual Reality Club

Most Outstanding Marketing Plan

Prize: CSI Org: $50 to your studen organization account. 8+ Individual Group: $75 UCSD Bookstore certificate

This award is given to either a CSI-registered student organization, or 8 or more UCSD-registered students, for the most outstanding, and effective marketing plan for any type of event (philanthropic, social, fundraising, service, etc.)

NOTE: Additional participants may be UCSD college/department organizations, students or community members.

Nomination Form

 

2016–2017 winner:

Student Health Advocates

2015–2016 winner:

SENDforC San Diego

Team Effort of the Year

Prize: $200 will be divided between the orgs, or $200 in UCSD Bookstore certificates will be divided among individual student recipients

This award is given to teams of 2 or more CSI-registered student organizations, or 8 or more UCSD-registered students, for the most outstanding, jointly-sponsored program.

Note: Additional participants may be UCSD college/department organizations, students or community members.

Nomination Form

 

2016–2017 winner:

"Triton Gaming Expo" - Triton Gaming, Triton Counter Strike, Triton Smash, Triton Melee, Triton Hearthstone, and League of Tritons

2015–2016 winner:

Student Health Advocates & the CAPS Wellness Peer Educators

2014–2015 winners:

"All You Need Is Love"
Team: Student Health Advocates & Counseling and Psychological Services Peer Educator Program

Community Advisor of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to student organizations.

Criteria:

  • Must be the official Faculty/Staff/Community Advisor of a UCSD registered student organization, as noted on the online Student Organization Registration website between April 16, 2016 and May 1, 2017  (NOTE: CSI Advisors are not eligible)
  • Must be acting as a volunteer, and not within the scope of a paid position or receiving monetary compensation

Nomination Form

 

2016-2017 winner:

Donna Kritz-Silverstein, UCSD Pre-Dental Society

2015-2016 winner:

Dr. Irwin Silverstein, UCSD Pre-Dental Society

2014–2015 winner:

Leon Tejwani, Alternative Breaks: Inspire Success

Triton Alumni Engagement Award

Prize: $250 to your student organization account

This award has been made possible by the financial support of the UC San Diego Alumni. It is given to a registered student organization that has:

  • Created a significant impact on the UC San Diego community through alumni engagement
  • Created programs, events, activities, or other opportunities for alumni to engage in unique and meaningful ways with the campus, and demonstrated a commitment to alumni engagement in the undergraduate and graduate experience
  • Created highly significant events and activities that emphasize opportunities for alumni to return to campus and interact with students

Nomination Form

 

2015–2016 winner:

International Studies Student Association (ISSA)

2014–2015 winner:

International Studies Student Association (ISSA)

Communication & Leadership Outstanding Individual Leader Award

Prize: $50 UCSD Bookstore certificate

This award is open to students who have successfully completed at least one CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2017-18 academic year.

Eligibility:

  • Current UC San Diego undergraduate OR graduate student
  • Earned or pending certificate of completion for any CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Criteria:

  • Individual has shown improvement of communication and leadership skills as a result of participating in CSI-Communication and Leadership program(s)
  • Individual demonstrates awareness and understanding of the individual values of consciousness of self, congruence, and commitment as outlined in the Social Change Model
  • Individual articulates how their leadership has created social change

Nomination Form

 

2016–2017 winner:

Anh Tran

2015–2016 winner:

Milawen Ding

2014–2015 winner:

Madhura Som

Communication & Leadership Outstanding Group Leader Award

Prize: $50 UCSD Bookstore certificate

This award is open to students who have successfully completed at least one CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2017-18 academic year.

Eligibility:

  • Current UC San Diego undergraduate OR graduate student
  • Earned or pending certificate of completion for any CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Criteria:

  • Individual has shown improvement of communication and leadership skills as a result of participating in CSI-Communication and Leadership program(s)
  • Individual demonstrates awareness and understanding of the group values of collaboration, common purpose, and controversy of civility as outlined in the Social Change Model
  • Individual articulates how their leadership has created social change

Nomination Form

 

2016–2017 winner:

Monica Varela

2015–2016 winner:

N/A

2014–2015 winner:

Evelyn Nash

Communication & Leadership Outstanding Community Leader Award

Prize: $50 UCSD Bookstore certificate

This award is open to students who have successfully completed at least one CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2017-18 academic year.

Eligibility:

  • Current UC San Diego undergraduate OR graduate student
  • Earned or pending certificate of completion for any CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Criteria:

  • Individual has shown improvement of communication and leadership skills as a result of participating in CSI-Communication and Leadership program(s)
  • Individual demonstrates awareness and understanding of the community value of citienship as outlined in the Social Change Model
  • Individual articulates how their leadership has created social change

Nomination Form

CSI Individual Changemaker of the Year Award

Prize: $50 UCSD Bookstore certificate

Purpose: To recognize a student involved in a CSI registered organization or program, who has emerged as a leader in creating change on a specific social justice issue. They are engaged not only with the issue, but the community impacted. This award values innovation, collaboration, leadership, and passion for changemaking. For this award students may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.  For self-nominations, endorsement must be obtained by someone other than the nominee, who is familiar with the content of the nomination.

Eligibility: Community Advisors, community members, faculty, staff, and students may submit nominations. Students may nominate themselves or their peers.

Selection Criteria: This award is given to a student involved in a CSI registered organization or program, who demonstrates, with concrete examples, the following criteria:

  • Individual has worked to create positive change on an issue using an innovative approach.
  • Individual is committed to developing and empowering other changemakers among their peers and community partners
  • Individual has engaged with the impacted community to identify challenges and implement strategies to address those challenges.

Nomination Form

 

2016–2017 winner:

Selena López

2015–2015 winner:

Charlotte Chiu

2014–2015 winner:

Nicole Chhea

Sustained Community Service Initiative of the Year

Prize: $200 to student organization account

Purpose: To recognize CSI registered student organizations who have gone out of their way to develop a service project or initiative through sustained collaboration with community partners. This award values collaborative partnerships and approaches to addressing pressing social justice issues on a long term basis, i.e. through relationship building and over more than one or two service events. 

Eligibility: Community Advisors, community members, faculty, staff, and students may nominate student organizations that demonstrate the criteria identified below. Members may nominate their own organization, or their peers’ organization(s).

Selection Criteria: This award is given to a CSI registered student organization of UC San Diego, based on crete examples of the follow critieria: 

  • Service initiative addresses a pressing social justive issue through long-term collaboriation with impacted community to indentifiy challenges, and strategies to address those challenges.
  • Based on collaborative approach, this organization provides participants with the oppurtunity to engage in education, training, and reflection around identified community issue(s).
  • Service is meanigful and impacts both particiapnts and the community, creating lasting relationships/connections between campus and community. 

Nomination Form

 

2016–2017 winner:

Alternative Breaks @ UCSD

2015–2016 winner:

Alternative Breaks @ UCSD

2014–2015 winner:

Alternative Breaks @ UCSD

Alternative Breaks Group Impact Award

Purpose:  To recognize AB groups who have embodied the principles of Alternative Breaks at UCSD, shown growth among participants, and have a plan of action to continue to impact the social justice issue of their trip.

Eligibility:  Community Advisors, Alternative Breaks Executive Board Members, and/or Members of Alternative Breaks @ UCSD may nominate groups that demonstrate strong high impact practices as identified below. Members may nominate themselves or their peers.

Selection Criteria: This award is given to a CSI registered Alternative Breaks group based on concrete examples of the following criteria

  • Thoughtful implementation of the principles of Alternative Breaks
  • Impact of trip on members as measured via the Active Citizenship continuum
  • Continued service addressing social justice issue beyond the trip.

Nomination Form

Chapin Cole & Melissa Higgins Alternative Breaks Emerging Leader Award

Prize: $200 to fund the student's leadership skills, such as Alternative Break Citizenship Schools (ABCs), leadership workshops, books, or materials

This award is made available through a generous contribution by former UCSD students Chapin Cole and Melissa Higgins to recognize emerging leaders who have made significant strides in their personal development as a result of their Alternative Breaks experience, and to assist them in continuing their leadership development. Members of Alternative Breaks @ UCSD shall nominate new members who demonstrate strong initiative and leadership traits. Members may nominate themselves or their peers.

The ideal recipient:

  • Has been involved in Alternative Breaks initiatives for one year or less
  • Has shown significant commitment and has demonstrated strong leadership skills in their first year of participation
  • Might not have prior leadership experience
  • Has grown significantly into an active citizen through their participation in the Alternative Breaks program
  • Has expressed a commitment to, or has an interest in, lifelong service

Nomination Form

 

2016–2017 winner:

Christopher Magana

2015–2016 winner:

Harry Truong

2014–2015 winner:

Joanne Hsu

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