Student Life Awards Categories

The Student Life Awards for Excellence in Leadership and Campus Involvement are designed to honor individuals, student organizations, and student group advisors who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through their involvement, service, and leadership development activities. The various award categories are listed in this section.

Individual students, faculty, and staff as well as departments and organizations are invited to submit nominations for these awards. Self-nominations are welcomed. Student Life Awards nominations are collected in April of each year. 

 


Student Leader Awards


Award Criteria: Awarded to a student with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher, is an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with the University, and must not have previously received an award in the same category within the past two years.

 

Advocacy Leadership Award
Honors a student who has demonstrated strong leadership in generating campus wide awareness about existing social issues and advocated for change in the community.

Innovative Leadership Award
Honors a student who utilizes creative and innovative leadership to enhance the University community. This can include (but is not limited to) the creation of new programs, implementation of new ideas, or the utilization of creative problem solving skills.

Multicultural Leadership Award
Honors a student leader who has displayed strong leadership on diversity and multicultural matters and has devoted time and effort to the improvement of the University community in the promotion and support of cross-cultural awareness.

Recreational Leadership Award
Honors a student for their outstanding leadership in recreation, including sports and physical well being programs.

Emerging Leader Award
Honors a freshman or sophomore student who has taken on new leadership roles and has demonstrated significant progress towards achieving their leadership potential through campus and community involvement.

The Theresa Montenaro 200% Student Leadership Award
Throughout her 20 years as a custodian in the Stony Brook Union, Theresa Monetanaro was committed to providing a caring and safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff. This award honors a junior or senior student leader who goes beyond the call of duty and regularly gives 200%. Nominees must exemplify Theresa Montenaro's unique qualities, which include the ability to listen with understanding, guide without boundaries, give and take with love, and grow with each passing day.

Elizabeth D. Couey Award
This award was established in 1974 in memory of the first Director of the Stony Brook Union and is awarded to a graduating senior (expected graduation date of December 2013, May 2014, or August 2014) for outstanding contributions towards the improvement and growth of student life at Stony Brook. Nominees must exemplify Elizabeth Couey's unique qualities of exemplary service, visionary leadership, and an unceasing dedication to enhancing campus life.

 


Student Organization Awards


Award Criteria
: Awarded to a recognized organization registered with the Department of Student Activities, must be in good standing with the University, fulfills the mission of the organization, provides a strong sense of community for its members, plans and presents appropriate programs or services, and represents the University well at all times. Organization must not have previously received an award in the same category within the past two years.

 

Best New Organization Award
Honors an organization newly registered within the past 12 months and is dedicated to student life. This organization takes the initiative to make itself visible on campus, has grown in membership since its recognition, and shows potential for continued growth and success.

Collaboration Award
Honors a student organization that has consistently collaborated with a variety of student groups and/or University departments throughout the academic year to produce quality activities and/or services.

Student Life Enhancement Award
Honors an organization for developing and implementing improvements in the quality of student life. Organization fosters positive change within the Stony Brook community with focus on enhancing the student experience through effective programming and/or student activism.

Distinguished Service Award 
Honors an organization that has made a continuous effort to service the student body and the University community. This organization's efforts are exceptional, meaningful, and make a lasting impact on the campus.

Most Outstanding Organization Award
Honors an organization which has been able to fulfill its mission, involve the campus in its purpose, plays a leadership role on campus, is involved in the campus community, is open minded and diverse, has the ability to accept and overcome challenges, and sustains itself in creative ways.

 


Student Program Awards


Award Criteria
: Awarded to an innovative student program sponsored by a recognized organization registered with the Department of Student Activities OR supported by a campus department, appealed to a wide audience, was well planned, organized, and executed, and made a significant impact on the University community. Program must not have previously received an award in the same category within the past two years.

 

Advocacy Program Award
Honors a unique program that makes the campus community aware of a major social issue and implements an action-based response.

Community Service Program Award
Awarded to a community service program or project that has helped others in the community and provided enrichment through active service and service learning.

Educational Program Award
Awarded to a creative program that promotes greater awareness of an existing academic, political, or social issue through educational efforts that enhance student learning and provide a meaningful exchange of ideas.

Multicultural Program Award
Recognizes an innovative program that promotes cross-cultural learning and interaction, educates the campus community, and appeals to a diverse audience.

Recreational and Leisure Activities Program Award 
Recognizes an outstanding recreational or leisure program (e.g. sporting, fitness, games, crafts, etc.) whose outcome had a significant impact on the University community.

Social Program Award
Awarded to an exceptional campus program that has broad-based appeal and provides opportunities to meet new people.

 


Student Organization Advisor Award


Award Criteria
: Awarded to a faculty or staff member who serves as an advisor to a club or organization. Advisor must not have previously received an award in the same category within the past two years. 

Outstanding Advisor Award
Honors a faculty or staff member who serves as an advisor to a student club or organization. Advisor is involved with the student leaders, offers knowledge and experience to the organization, and provides assistance and support on an ongoing basis.