Student Excellence Awards

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

Student Excellence Awards2018 Student Excellence Awards

The 2018 Student Excellence Awards will be on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 7:00p.m. in the Hill Student Center Ballrooms. Doors will open at 6:00p.m. Cocktail attire is recommended.

Nominate a deserving student or student organization using the form below:

2018 Student Excellence Award Nomination Form.

Nomination Timeline:

February 26, 2018 – Application opens at 8:00a.m.
March 9, 2018 – Application closes at 5:00p.m.

Nominations will only be accepted from UAB faculty, staff, or students. Self-nominations are accepted.

Award Categories

  • 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."

    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. *Nominees must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 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.

    Student Employee of the Year

    Recognizes student who contribute invaluable service to UAB through a part-time employment role. This student employee is reliable and has initiative, leadership skills, and has left a lasting impact their office/department. *Nominees must be UAB work-study or UAB hourly student workers. Graduate assistants are not eligible. Nominees should have worked in role for at least three months.

    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 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. *Nominees must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or above.

  • 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 New Organization

    Recognizes an organization new to the campus since April 1, 2017. The organization demonstrates a progression of growth, improvement and achievement throughout the year as indicated by their programming and membership.

    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.

2017 Student Excellence Awards Winners

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
  • Asutosh Nanda
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Yulianna Jimenez
  • Awards
  • Theta Chi

    Contact Information

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