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Student Life Awards

The annual University Student Life Awards recognize those undergraduate students who—through service to others, investment of talent and time, and pursuit of excellence—have significantly and positively impacted the University of Rochester and/or surrounding community. The awards are divided into two categories: Individual Leadership Awards, and the Student Organization and Programming Awards.

Student Life Award Nominations (Closed)

Nominations for this year’s University Student Life Awards are open from Thursday, January 14, until noon Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Undergraduates in the College and at the Eastman School are eligible.

Individual Leadership Awards - 2016 Winners

Andrew Fried Prize: Syed Muhammad Miqdad
Established by friends and family in 1961 in memory of Andrew Norman Fried, class of 1961. This prize is awarded to the man who, during his freshman year, shows outstanding qualities of character, superior moral judgment, and interest in serving his fellow students.
Delno Sisson Prize: Vitumbiko Kambilonje
In 1967, this award was established by a gift from Delno Sisson ‘67. This prize is awarded annually to the freshman who has overcome obstacles to successfully transition into and adjust to college academic life.
Award for Freshman Leadership: Henry Dean
This award recognizes an exceptional man or woman of the freshman class who has motivated his or her fellow classmates to become actively involved in the campus community.
Eli & Mildred Sokol Prize: Nirupama Muralidharan
This award was established in 1985 by a gift from Eli and Mildred Sokol, class of 1933. This prize is awarded to a sophomore who has emerged as a leader who can be expected to contribute significantly to the welfare of his or her fellow students in the next two years.
Award for Campus Contributions: Samantha Andrew (junior) & Samantha Lish (senior)
Awarded to a student who has made significant contributions to the University community, including, but not limited to, campus life, academic achievement and leadership, and community service. The award winner will have promoted and demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their college experience. Two awards will be given, one to a senior class member, and one to a junior class member.
Seth H. & Harriet S. Terry Prize: Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez
Established in 1928 as a gift from Seth H. Terry, class of 1883 in memory of his parents. This award is given to the male member of the senior class who, by his industry, character, and honorable conduct, has done the most for the life and character of the undergraduate community.
Percy Dutton Prize: Ulrik Soderstrom
This prize was established in 1946 as a gift from Percy Dutton. This award is given to the male member of the graduating class who has excelled in "wholesome, unselfish, and helpful influence" among his fellow students.
Transfer Student Award: Yinou Zhang
This award, recognizing the unique role of transfer students to the campus community, is given to a student who transferred with sophomore standing or above, and has completed two semesters of study at the University. The recipient will have demonstrated a quick and successful transition to the institution and will have taken full advantage of their time spent at the University.
Simeon Cheatham Award: Jane Clinger
Established in the 1970s by the Office of the Dean of Students, this award is given to a student who has outstanding qualities in devotion to community service and to growth and development of children.
Rob Rouzer Award for Excellence in Student Government Leadership
Established in honor of his 28 years of service to the University of Rochester, the Rob Rouzer Award is conferred annually to a student affiliated with any of the three branches of the Students' Association Government who has shown immense integrity and perseverance in striving to improve student life and welfare.
Award for Athletic Leadership: Gabriella Goddette
This award recognizes the positive contributions athletes make to the campus community. It is awarded to a student athlete who has contributed to campus life and demonstrated leadership within their club or varsity sport.
Presidential Award for Community Service: Lynn Miro
Established by the Dean of Students in 1990 to recognize University students who are committed to community service. Given to a senior for outstanding participation and leadership in service to the community beyond the campus, this award recognizes a student who has worked selflessly and effectively in addressing social causes. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, improving literacy, reducing hunger and hopelessness, providing legal or medical assistance to the needy, and serving as a mentor.
Social Entrepreneurship Award: Omar Soufan & Ibrahim Mohammad
This award is given to a student or group of students who have pursued an innovative idea with the potential to enhance community or to address a pervasive community issue. Community may be defined as on or off campus. These entrepreneurs demonstrate creativity and a willingness to seize an opportunity for positive change by engaging others to develop that idea or opportunity into something more. While conventional entrepreneurs may measure performance in profit and return, social entrepreneurs do not necessarily consider financial profit, but do take into account a tangible and measurable positive return to community.
Award for Outstanding Fraternity and Sorority Leadership: Michaela Cronin
This award recognizes the positive contributions fraternities and sororities make to the campus community. It is awarded to a fraternity or sorority member who has led with integrity within their fraternal organization while also making significant contributions to the greater campus community.
Logan R. Hazen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Residential Life: William O'Brien and Mary Russek
This award is given annually to the student who has "made significant contributions to the community and experience of students living in undergraduate residence halls. This student, through his or her actions, leadership and innovation has promoted community through respect, fairness, and inclusion."
Michael Lowenstein Memorial Award: Charlisa Goodlet
This award, named for Michael Lowenstein, class of 1960 is presented to the University of Rochester River Campus undergraduate who deepens student, faculty and community awareness of existing social, racial, or political inequities. This undergraduate through his/her work and actions has endeavored to promote the ideals which Michael cherished. Michael sought to give a fresh view of things around us, to focus upon issues, to probe deeply using fact and objectivity and to open a dialogue with the community to find some answers.
The Communal Principles Award: Black Students' Union
Established in the 2011-12 academic year by the Office of the Dean of Students, this award will be given annually to the student(s) or organization that best promote(s) the Communal Principle that is highlighted annually. The recipient will have demonstrated qualities that exemplify the principle and/or created programming and activities related to the highlighted Communal Principle.

The Communal Principle highlighted this year is FAIRNESS. The principles of fairness and openness are fundamental to the operations of this community- its processes for decision-making, problem solving, and doing the work of the institution. Every person has the right to, and should expect, fair treatment according to openly-stated and clearly-articulated expectations, policies, and procedures and in accordance with the fundamental rights and privileges of a free society. Every person is encouraged in parallel ways to use fair and open methods of communication and action, including wherever possible, those provided by existing institutional channels, in voicing concerns and seeking solutions to problems.

Student Organization and Programming Awards - 2016 Winners

Outstanding Student Organization Award: Women's Rugby
Awarded to an undergraduate, University-recognized student organization that has gone beyond the bounds of their membership by helping to create a positive campus environment for all students.
Award for Excellence in Creative Co-sponsorship: Muslim Students' Association & Sigma Beta Rho Islamophobia Panel
Established in 2004, the Award recognizes a program that was co-sponsored by a minimum of two organizations or groups. The cosponsored program should have been a new effort, one that brought together different facets of campus, and which served to build and strengthen the campus community.
Award for Excellence in Programming: Hartnett Art Gallery #ferguson
The Excellence in Program Planning Award recognizes a student organization or group, either formal or informal, for its exceptional creativity, planning, and execution of a University program. Criteria upon which decisions are based include appeal to a broad cross-section of the University community, originality, and participation by members of the organization during all phases of the effort.