The Student Excellence Awards honors UAB students and student organizations for their outstanding leadership and service contributions to the campus and community. Individual and group awards are presented at the annual ceremony.

The 2017 Student Excellence Awards will be on March 30th at 7pm in the Hill Student Center Ballroom.

Award Categories and Nominees

  • Excellence in Service

    Recognizes a student who has a heart and passion for helping others, whether local, national, or international, and has demonstrated this through volunteering and service. This recipient has also demonstrated the desire to educate and support a particular cause in which he/she has significant interest and has made it an integral part of his/her college experience through his/her efforts to build partnerships between students and UAB, or UAB and the Birmingham community.

    Inclusive Campus Commitment

    Recognizes a student who embodies UAB Inclusive Campus Commitment by ensuring every member of the UAB community is treated with dignity and worth without any bias. This person will have made an active effort “to build an inclusive UAB.”

    UAB Inclusive Campus Commitment Statement:
    "I will strive to build an inclusive community at UAB. I believe that every student, faculty member, and staff member has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and self-worth. I will work to ensure that my behavior and my actions do not harass or make fun of anyone due to their race, gender, culture, faith, class, sexual orientation, disability, or any other difference. Although I know I am not perfect, and I will make mistakes, I believe that it is my responsibility to act in a manner free of bias, exclusion, and discrimination. I believe I have the power to build an inclusive UAB."

    Rising Star

    Recognizes a student who is serving in a leadership/officer role for his/her 1st term or a general member of a student organization who has made a great impact on the organization. This student has also worked to enhance personal leadership skills within an organization on campus or in the community, has established co-curricular involvement at UAB, and exhibits the potential and desire for continued leadership within the university community.

    Outstanding Scholastic Achievement

    Recognizes a student who has maintained an excellent grade point average while balancing co-curricular activities. This student excels in his/her academic courses as well as successfully serves as a student leader on campus. GPA: 3.5/4.0 or above

    Outstanding Student Leader

    Recognizes a student who has gone "above and beyond" striving to make lasting improvements to his/her organization and significant contributions to campus life at UAB. This student will have demonstrated strong leadership skills, made an impact on the UAB community, and have been involved in a variety of organizations and activities both on and off campus. This student has demonstrated outstanding leadership, devotion, creativity, participation, and energy in his/her activities within a student organization. GPA: 3.0 or above.

    Student Organization Advisor of the Year

    Recognizes a full-time UAB faculty or staff advisor who has dedicated time and energy by making extraordinary contributions to the student organization which he/she advises.

    Program of the Year

    Recognizes a group of students or a student organization that has developed and implemented an outstanding, innovative program which significantly contributed to the quality of life at UAB.

    Outstanding Community Service Project

    Recognizes a student organization or group of students that has made significant contributions to UAB and/or the Birmingham community by coordinating an outstanding community service project which includes the involvement of UAB students.

    Outstanding Student Organization

    Recognizes a group of students or a student organization for its success and support of student development, leadership, and campus/community involvement. This organization has been a shining example to other organizations throughout the year, based on all aspects of organization responsibility, including, but not limited to, quality of programming, active participation of membership, successful recruiting and organization management.

  • Excellence in Service

    • Mohamed Osman
    • Marlee Hayes
    • Alysha Carter
    • Melany Frierson
    • Maria Cruz
    • Molly Clay
    • Aldenero Dixon
    • Emily Farmer-Alroth
    • Shima Dowla
    • Rebecca Massey
    • Linaa Rohman

    Inclusive Campus Commitment

    • Linaa Rohman

    Rising Star

    • Aaliyah Burt
    • Alysha Carter
    • Madison Barron
    • Cailen Raines
    • Mark Borden
    • Jaelynn Lawrence
    • Myah Morton

    Outstanding Scholastic Achievement

    • Zhixin Wang
    • Emmanuel Talley
    • Swati Sakhuja
    • Khushbu Khatri
    • Rylie Wallace
    • Caitlin Horne
    • Joanne Thomas
    • Yulianna Jimenez
    • Nicole Lassiter
    • Jade Williams
    • Latei Iyegha
    • Brianneth Alvarado

    Outstanding Student Leader

    • Bright Chang
    • Janice Simons
    • Haley Kenrick
    • Emmanuel Talley
    • Laith Matalka
    • Hannah Lewis
    • Katie Rickels
    • Maria Cruz
    • Jamie Shatz
    • Autumn Massey
    • Olatundun Idowu
    • Aldenero Dixon
    • Joanne Thomas
    • Latei Iyegha
    • Eli Ussery
    • Asiah Ruffin
    • Linaa Rohman
    • Darrius Robinson
    • Michael Liptrot
    • Deja Stephens
    • Timia Acklin

    Student Organization Advisor of the Year

    • Caleb Rotton – gg.UAB
    • Jennifer Griffin - USGA
    • Veronica Juan – Sigma Lambda National Sorority, Inc.

    Program of the Year

    • Nuestra Independencia - Sigma Lambda Gamma
    • Diwali 2016 – Indian Cultural Association
    • Post Secret – Residence Hall Association
    • Dia De Los Muertos Celebration - UAB Spanish and Latino Association

    Outstanding Community Service Project

    • 3 Homes, 1 Goal-Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
    • Run, Jump, Throw – Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

    Outstanding Student Organization

    • GRADient
    • Freshman Forum
    • gg.UAB
    • Indian Cultural Association
    • Xi Mu Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year Jennifer Griffin
    Rising Star Award Mark Borden
    Excellence in Service Shima Dowla
    Inclusive Campus Commitment Linaa Rohman
    Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Yulianna Jimenez
    Outstanding Student Leader Katie Rickels
    Outstanding Community Service Project Run, Jump, Throw hosted by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
    Program of the Year Nuestra Independencia hosted by Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. &
    Dia De Los Muertos Celebration hosted by UAB Spanish and Latino Association
    Outstanding Student Organization Indian Cultural Association


Contact Information

Student Involvement and Leadership
Hill Student Center, Suite 230
(205) 934-8020
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