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

On Wednesday, April 22nd, the Involvement Awards went digital! This year’s awards nominees and winners were recognized virtually on the Student Activities and Involvement’s Facebook (@ufsai) and Instagram Stories (@sai_uf).

The full list of nominees and award winners are now available below, click open each award for the complete list.

 

Award categories, Requirements & 2019-2020 nominees & Award Winners

The Innovative Event Award recognizes a student organization that has brought an innovative program or initiative to campus or the community and has a record of the positive impact of the event.

Nominations should:

  • Identify why the need for innovative event exists
  • Provide evidence of impact or success
  • Be a new 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
  • Address new audiences or objectives

2019-2020 Award Winner

U Matter, We Care Ambassadors

U Matter received this award for their work hosting World Kindness Day in the fall semester. This event provided an outlet for UF students to share acts of kindness with each other and served as a reminder to be kind to ourselves.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Asian American Student Union
Audiobook Book Club
Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students
Circle K International
Climate Active Gator
Colleges Against Cancer
Delta Sigma Theta
Dream Team
Generational Relief in Prosthetics
Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students
National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association

The Greater Good Award recognizes a student organization with significant contributions to the university, 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.

Nominations should:

  • Share how the organization addressed the identified need through a program, service, or resource
  • Describe the education or training of members related to the need and community
  • Provide evidence of program, service, or resource impact/results
  • Evaluate the quality of the lasting effects of the program, service, or resource

2019-2020 Award Winner

Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida is a chapter of a national non-profit that is run entirely by college students to support children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem members help children through these difficult times by hosting week-long sleep away camps in the summer, raising money, attending mental-health trainings, and organizing community events.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Alpha Phi Omega
Black Law Students Association
Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students
Children Beyond Our Borders
Circle K International
Climate Active Gator
Delta Delta Sigma
Delta Sigma PI
Delta Sigma Theta
Drivers Without Borders
Dream Team
The Entomology Club
First Responder Gator
Florida Club Softball
Floridance
Friends for Life of America
Gator Badminton Club
Gatorloop
Geocoaching Gator
Global Business Brigades
Generational Relief in Prosthetics
Innovation Academy Ambassadors
MentorGNV
Multicultural Association of Pre-health Student
National Society of Black Engineers
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
Pre-Dental Society

The Campus Collaborator Award recognizes a student organization who brought together other student organizations, university departments, or other campus partners through their strong sense and relationship building.

Nominations should:

  • Demonstrate successful collaborative efforts with other organizations, university departments, or other campus partners
  • Explain the purpose of the collaboration
  • Offer results of collaboration on organization or population they serve
  • Share the benefits to the University of Florida community

2019-2020 Award Winner

Asian American Student Union

Promoting collaboration through general body meetings, Asian American Student Union has worked with the Women’s Students Association, Black Student Union, Indian Students Association, Hispanic Students’ Association, and many more. This kind of collaboration and consideration for students of all types of backgrounds and ideas is what makes UF great. Thank you, Asian American Student Union, for your collaborative efforts across the UF community.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Alpha Phi Alpha
Argentine Student Association
Black Law Students Association
Cneter for Undergraduate Research Board of Students
Climate Active Gator
College Against Cancer
Delta Delta Sigma
Gator Salsa Club
Generational Relief in Prosthetics
Mayors’ Council
Med Buddies
Pre-Dental Society
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
Reitz Programming Board
Society of Women Engineers
Women’s Student Association

The Inclusive Excellence Award recognizes a student organization that has demonstrated a sustained passion for the advancement of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice.

Nominations should:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the advancement diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice
  • Detail how inclusivity was pursued within their student organization
  • Raise campus and/or community awareness of diversity issues
  • Promote opportunities for open, honest dialogue centered on issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Host campus programs that provide education and raise awareness on topics related to diversity

2019-2020 Award Winner

National Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers has focused on mentorship, women in STEM, black men in engineering, and more. The organization has hosted multiple events throughout the year promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM and has been involved with events such as the EqualPD panel, Anti-Bullying march, and more. Thank you, National Society of Black Engineers, for promoting excellence in STEM fields for diverse groups.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Alpha Phi Omega
Argentine Student Association
Asian American Student Union
Black Law Students Association
Brazilian Student Association
Children Beyond Our Borders
Climate Active Gator
Delta Sigma Theta
MentorGNV
Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Sparks Magazine
U Matter, We Care Ambassadors
Women’s Student Association

The Professional Development Award recognizes a student organization demonstrating excellence in professional development through workshops, conferences, trainings, or curriculum provided to the members of the organization.

Nominations should:

  • Describe how the workshop, conference, training, or curriculum benefited the mission and members of the organization
  • Demonstrate commitment to the advancement diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice
  • Evaluate the quality of program

2019-2020 Award Winner

Florida Business Leadership Society

Florida Business Leadership Society is dedicated to providing opportunities for its members to grow professionally through retreats, career tours, networking opportunities, all of which have proven to create leaders out of its members. Professional development is essential for all students, in every area of academics, and this organization has gone above and beyond to cultivate members that are ready to launch their careers.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Alpha Epsilon Delta
American Society of Safety Professionals –Gator Chapter
Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students
Circle K Intl
Delta Delta Sigma
Delta Sigma Pi
Delta Sigma Theta
FL Business Leadership Society
GRIP
Innovation Academy Ambassadors
Inst of Transportation Engineers
Multicultural Association of PreHealth Students
National Society of Black Engineers
PreDental Society
PreProfessional Service Organization
PreVet Med Club
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Society of Software Developers
Society of Women Engineers
Undergraduate Consulting Club
Women’s Transportation Seminar
Collegiate Veterans

The Impact 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.

Nominations should:

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

2019-2020 Award Winner

Climate Active Gator

Climate Active Gator is a student organization that aims to spread awareness and demand climate action on the world’s most pressing issue, the anthropogenic climate crisis. Climate Active Gator has reached hundreds of students and Gainesville residents through protests and started a meaningful conversation climate change.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Children Beyond Our Borders
Democracy Matters
March for our Lives Gainesville
Mayors’ Council
Sparks Magazine
Women’s Student Association

The GatorConnect 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.

Nominations should:

  • Share how the organization welcomes new members and connects them to current members
  • Discuss opportunities for members to learn, utilize, and engage with University resources and services
  • Demonstrate how members develop skills and connections for their pursuits after graduation
  • Evaluate members experiences and incorporate feedback into organization operations

2019-2020 Award Winner

Korean Student Association

Helping newly accepted graduate students find their way on campus, creating a community for many individuals to call home, and being a voice for those in need, the Korean Student Association has exemplified what it means to connect students and help them grow through being in a UF Student Organization. The Korean Student Association has created an impact that will expand beyond any one person’s tenure at UF.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Alpha Phi Omega
American Society Of Civil Engineers
Argentine Student Association
Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students
Circle K International
Delta Delta Sigma
Med Buddies
Pre-Dental Society
Pre-Professional Service Organization
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
Queer Cultivation Program
Society of Women Engineers

The Member of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a student leader who is not currently serving, nor has previously served, as an officer of the organization.

Nominations should:

  • Embodies the purpose of the organization
  • Demonstrate the contribution to the organization
  • Demonstrate a desire to develop skills and knowledge that would further the organization
  • Display initiative in addressing the needs of the organization

2019-2020 Award Winner

Alyssa Grace Caples, Society of Women Engineers

We recognize Alyssa for her involvement in Society of Women Engineers, as she has served as their Big Gator-Little Gator Mentoring chair. In this role, she worked hard to facilitate mentoring programs in her organization, and she was even asked to speak about this experience at the Career Speakers Bureau panel.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Ariel Barboza, Collegiate Veterans Society
Amber Donald, Delta Sigma Theta
Eric Gibbons, Divers Without Borders
Samuel Kwakye, Gator Citrus Club
Joshua Shulman, Zeta Beta Tau

The Officer of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a student leader who is currently serving on the executive board of a student organization.

Nominations should:

  • Demonstrate contributions to the organization
  • Provide examples of the ability to motivate others
  • Demonstrate innovation and/or changes made as an executive board member
  • Discuss the impact on the membership
  • Commitment to being a role model

2019-2020 Award Winner

Katrina Crider, Delta Sigma Pi

An excellent leader places the mission of the organization and the vision for its people at the forefront of their work, and Katrina Crider has done just that in her tenure as President of Delta Sigma Pi. She receives this recognition not only for her accomplishments of increasing member engagement, strengthening team accountability, and developing strong, innovative programs, but also for transforming Delta Sigma Pi’s culture.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Renee Runge, Alpha Phi Omega
Jacob Henschel, Audiobook Book Club
Iman Whyte, Children Beyond our Borders
Brett LaBella, The Entomology Club
Hannah Bodden, First Responder Gator
Jacob Schuster, Florida Club Swimming and Diving
Lindsey Collins, Friends for Life of America
Paris Miller, Inter-Residence Hall Association
Katarina Fiorentino, National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association
Tyson Freeman, National Society of Black Engineers
Nicole Davi, Public Leadership Society
Katherine Wallace, Shakespeare in the Park
Camille Hernandez, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
William Blake Anderson, Society of Software Developers
Christian Ortega, Florida Swing Dancing Club
Matthew Marvar, U Matter, We Care Ambassadors
Camila Vincent de Urquiza, Undergraduate Consulting Club

The Advisor of the Year 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.

Nominations should:

  • Discuss impact on the organization
  • Demonstrate commitment to the development of the organization and its members
  • Be accessible to members and has a presence in organization meetings and events

Please note: The nominee must serve as an advisor for the organization for at least two years continuously

2019-2020 Award Winner

Connie Lee, Delta Sigma Theta

Nominees for the Student Organization Advisor of the Year have shown extreme dedication and passion for the success of the organization’s leadership and members. Being a Lambda Psi initiate herself, Soror Connie Lee has prided herself in bringing commitment, innovation, and success to the Delta Sigma Theta chapter today. She is present at every chapter meeting, introduces new resources for chapter programs, hosts monthly dinners, helps members connect to Alumni, and remains flexible to all members. Connie Lee has exemplified what it means to be an outstanding advisor and go above and beyond expectations to help others professionally and personally.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Dr. Mary Kay Carodine, Asian American Student Union
Dennis Dipasquale, Circle K International
Yesi B. SeVilla, Innovation Academy Ambassador
Jason Fraser Nash, Mayors’ Council
Brooke Cochran, Special Olympics College
Dr. Joseph Wilson, Student Information Security Team
Dr. Rebecca Baldwin, The Entomology Club

The New Student Organization of the Year Award recognizes a student organization that has been a registered student organization for fewer than three years and has made a noticeable positive impact on campus or in the community.

Nominations should:

  • Address why there was a need for this organization
  • Describe the unique mission and purpose that addresses an unmet need at the University of Florida
  • Demonstrate strong visibility in the campus community with opportunities provided to students
  • Explain how the organization contributes to the university’s mission

2019-2020 Award Winner

Indigenous-American Student Association

We are recognizing Indigenous-American Student Association for creating a space of solidarity and community for Indigenous-American students. This organization celebrates Native culture, educates others on the issues Indigenous-Americans face today, strives to increase Native American enrollment at UF, and connects Indigenous students on campus to one another. Thank you, Indigenous-American Student Association, for demonstrating the importance of student engagement.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Divers Without Borders
Gator for MUSIC (Music Instruction in the Community)
Global Business Brigades
Magic the Gatoring
One for the World
Queer Cultivation Program
Secular Student Alliance
Society of Software Developers
Student National Pharmaceutical Association- Orlando Student National Cannabis Bar Association
Undergraduate Consulting Club

The Student Organizations of the Year 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 University of Florida community through intentional development and engagement.

Nominations should:

  • Demonstrate successful recruitment and retention of organization members
  • Describe the positive impact on the campus community
  • Provide examples of organization exemplifying the six themes of involvement
  • Detail leadership opportunities provided through membership
  • Articulate contributions to furthering the mission of the University of Florida

2019-2020 Award Winner

Generational Relief in Prosthetics

Generational Relief in Prosthetics combats rising healthcare costs by designing, producing and donating kid-specific adaptive devices, prosthetics, and more for families in need. This organization makes a tangible difference in the lives of children around the world, representing what it means to be an award-winning student organization. Generational Relief in Prosthetics influences the healthcare industry by participating in outreach events each semester, sharing its devices with doctors, and teaching leaders of Google and Microsoft how to make cost-effective adaptive devices.

Congratulations to all of our nominees for their great work:
Delta Delta Sigma
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
Alpha Kappa Psi
Alpha Phi Omega
American Society of Civil Engineers
Brazilian Student Association
Climate Active Gator
Criminology and Law Honor Society
Culinary Arts Student Union
Delta Sigma Pi
Delta Sigma Theta
Gator Badminton Club
Gator Citrus Club
Innovation Academy Ambassadors
Iranian Student Association
Korean Student Association
MentorGNV
Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students
National Society of Black Engineers
Pre-Dental Society
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
Pre-Professional Service Organization
Shakespeare in the Park
Society of Women Engineers
Strong Roots Movement
U Matter, We Care Ambassadors
Undergraduate Consulting Club