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Awards

Student Awards

Silver Spirit Award honors current members of the student body whose involvement throughout their careers at NYU Silver demonstrates exemplary pride and dedication through their personal commitment of time and energy, volunteerism, scholarship and leadership – thus reflecting positively on fellow students and the Silver Social Work community at-large.

Silver Citizenship Award
honors current members of the student body who demonstrate exemplary dedication to a community, professional, and/or national organization through their personal commitment of time and energy, volunteerism, and leadership. Awardees are honored for their outstanding work on behalf of an organization or cause outside of academics or field placements.

Global Social Work Award honors current members of the student body who reflect the character, values, and ideals of the Global Network University. Awardees demonstrate a commitment to sharing knowledge, information, and understanding across borders; promoting diversity and social justice; and engaging in international scholarship and practice whether at home or abroad.

Dean’s Award for Innovation in Social Work Practice honors a current student who demonstrates creativity and innovation in social work practice through a project, proposal or paper that includes an assessment to identify needed change or growth potential in an agency or community, a plan for making the change, and a description of implementing the change.

Social Justice Award recognizes students that best exemplify the values of the Silver School of Social Work: to advance the cause of social justice and promote the ideals of a humane society. The awardees have demonstrated a commitment and dedication to social justice by promoting knowledge about oppression and diversity, equality of opportunity, meaningful participation in civic life, and social change efforts.

Outstanding Student Program Award recognizes a program, event, or initiative by a student organization that has excelled in promoting the ideals of the Silver School of Social Work while enhancing the community.

Outstanding POPS Project Award honors the student who wrote the best POPS project of the current academic year. The recipient is selected by the NYU Silver Office of Field Learning and Community Partnerships.

Diane Greenstein Memorial Fellowship is a $5,000 cash award presented to a doctoral student who has completed an exemplary dissertation proposal. The Fellowship was established in 2001 by the family, friends, and colleagues of Diane S. Greenstein, a social work PhD candidate at New York University who died in 2000 before she was able to complete the doctoral program.

Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship is a $1,000 cash award presented to a doctoral student whose defended dissertation meets high standards of scholarship. The Award was established in 2009 in recognition of the many contributions to the PhD Program and the Silver School made by Dr. Robert Moore, a faculty member at the Silver School of Social Work who died in 2008.

Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumna/us Award nominees demonstrate extraordinary professional success and achievement over the span of his/her career in social work. Achievements may include exemplary leadership in an agency or a community; contributions to the field through research and publications; an effective advocate for the social work profession; and/or involvement in professional, civic, or community organizations.

Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award nominees exhibit a strong commitment to social change; leadership in an agency or a community; creativity in non-traditional or innovative approaches to practice; contributions to the field through research and publications; an effective advocate for the social work profession; and/or involvement in professional, civic, or community organizations.

The Make A Difference Award recipient embodies the elements of visionary leadership, unwavering commitment, and meaningful, continued support of social work education at NYU Silver.

The Distinguished Service to the Silver School Award recognizes outstanding teaching and dedication to students.

Teaching Awards

The NYU Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence as educators and contribute significantly to the intellectual life of the University through their teaching. Recipients receive $5,000 and the Distinguished Teaching Medal.


The Great Teacher Award
honors full-time faculty with less than 10 years of service who demonstrate excellence in teaching, an exceptional ability to inspire students, and significant contributions to the intellectual life of the School community through their pedagogy.

  • 2012 Recipient: Allison Werner-Lin


The Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award
recognizes adjunct faculty who have taught six or more courses at the Silver School and who are teaching in the current academic year.


The Teaching Award in Field Education recognize professionals who have demonstrated sustained excellence as educators in field education, professional development of our students, and who contribute significantly to the intellectual life of the university through their educating.