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Involvement Awards

Involvement Awards

The Involvement Awards serve as an opportunity to recognize outstanding student leaders and organizations for their tremendous contributions to the University of Florida and the Gainesville community. Awards are presented to student organizations recognizing leadership, programming, innovation and creativity.

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Award Categories & Qualifications

Innovative Event Award

2018 Winner: Collegiate Veterans Society

This award recognizes a student organization that has brought an innovative program or initiative to the University of Florida campus or Gainesville community and has record of the impact of the event.

Qualifications for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Addresses new audiences or objectives
  • Identifies why the need for innovative event exists
  • Provides evidence of impact or success
  • Must be program that has never been held before on the University of Florida campus or in the Gainesville community or a program that has been improved from an already existing event

Greater Good

2018 Winner: American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists - Gainesville

This award recognizes a student organization that has contributed to the University, surrounding Gainesville community, or beyond. This student organization has committed itself and its members to serving others through programs, services, or resources. The student organization identified a need in a community and has taken action.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Shares how the organization addressed the identified need through a program, service, or resource
  • Describes the education or training of members related to the need and community
  • Provides evidence of program, service, or resource impact/results
  • Evaluates the quality of the lasting effects of the program, service, or resource​

Campus Collaborator

2018 Winner: Gator for Refugee Medical Relief

This award recognizes a student organization who brought together other student organizations, university departments, or other campus partners through their strong sense and relationship building.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Demonstrates successful collaborative efforts with other organizations, university departments, or other campus partners
  • Explains purpose of the collaboration
  • Offers results of collaboration on organization or population they serve
  • Shares benefits to the University of Florida community

Inclusive Excellence

2018 Winner: Reitz Programming Board

This award recognizes a student organization that has demonstrated a sustained passion for the advancement of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Commitment to the advancement diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice 
  • Pursues inclusivity within their student organization
  • Raises campus and/or community awareness of diversity issues
  • Promotes opportunities for open, honest dialogue centered on issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Hosts campus programs that provide education and raise awareness on topics related to diversity

Professional Development

2018 Winner: Engineering Graduate Student Council

This award recognizes a student organization demonstrating excellence in professional development through workshops, conferences, trainings, or curriculum provided to the members of the organization.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Commitment to the advancement diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice
  • Describes how the workshop, conference, training, or curriculum benefited the mission and members of the organization
  • Evaluates the quality of program

Impact

2018 Winner: Delta Sigma Theta

This award recognizes a student organization that through the use of a performance, event, vigil, or forum has brought awareness to a culture or political or social movement.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Describes the performance, event, vigil, or forum designed for awareness, action, or healing
  • Evaluates how the performance, event, vigil, or forum enlightened and impacted attendees
  • Demonstrates continued attention and effort put forth by the organization to bring awareness to the identified culture or movement

Gator Connect

2018 Winner: Southwest Florida Research and Education Center Graduate Student Organization

This award recognizes a student organization that fosters community within the organization by building connections among members, connecting members to University resources, and prepares members to create connections for their future pursuits beyond UF.

Qualification includes, but is not limited to:

  • ​Shares how the organization welcomes new members and connects them to current members
  • Offers opportunities for members to learn about, utilize, and engage with University resources and services
  • Enables members to develop the skills and connections for their pursuits after graduation
  • Seeks feedback from members about experience and incorporates feedback into organization operations

Member of the Year

2018 Winner: Lizbeth Rubio - Society for Viral Studies

This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a student leader who is not currently serving, nor has previously served, as an officer of the organization.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Contributions to the organization
  • Embodies the purpose of the organization
  • Demonstrates a desire to develop skills and knowledge that would further the organization
  • Displays initiative in addressing the needs of the organization

Officer of the Year

2018 Winner: Harold Lemoine - Latino Law Student Association

This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a student leader who is currently serving on the executive board of a student organization.

Qualifications for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Contributions to the organization
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Innovation and change made as an executive board member
  • Impact on the membership
  • Commitment to being a role model

Advisor of the Year

2018 Winner: Dr. John Krigbaum - Undergraduate Florida Anthropology Student Association

This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a student organization advisor to a student organization. The Involvement Team will personally invite the student organization’s advisor if they are selected to receive the award. The student organization will also be notified prior to the award ceremony.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Impact on the organization
  • Commitment to the development of the organization and its members
  • Accessible to members and has a presence in organization meetings and events
  • Must serve as an advisor for the organization for at least two years continuously

New Student Organization of the Year

2018 Winner: Student Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing: Gainesville Chapter

This award recognizes a student organization that has been a registered student organization for fewer than three years and has made a noticeable impact.

Qualification for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Addresses why there was a need for this organization
  • Unique mission and purpose that addresses an unmet need at the University of Florida
  • Strong visibility in the campus community with opportunities provided to students
  • Explains how the organization contributes to the University's mission

Student Organization of the Year

2018 Winner: Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students

This award recognizes a student organization that exemplifies the six themes of involvement (Scholarship & Academics, Wellness, Leadership Development, Civic Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, and Community Building) and has impacted their members and the UF community through intentional development and engagement.

Qualifications for this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Successful recruitment and retention of organization members
  • Impact on the campus community
  • Examples of organization exemplifying the six themes of involvement
  • ​Leadership opportunities provided through membership
  • Contributions to furthering the mission of the University of Florida

NOTE: The Student Involvement Awards include several monetary awards supported by the Gator Bassmasters student organization. Gator Bassmasters have generously given back to Student Involvement and Activities to support initiatives created by new student organizations and new student leaders. 
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