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Awards

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Student Awards

Dean's Award for Innovation in Social Work Practice

This award honors a current student who demonstrates creativity and innovation in social work practice through a project, proposal or paper. The project, proposal or paper should include an assessment to identify change or growth potential in an agency or community and a creative plan for implementation of that improvement. To be considered for this award, projects must have been implemented or be in the process of being implemented. Students are encouraged to nominate themselves for this award by submitting a paper or written description of their own innovative service project. This award includes a $150 prize.

Students nominated for this award should be in good academic standing. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Diane Greenstein Memorial Fellowship

Diane Greenstein Memorial Fellowship is a $5000 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.

Excellence in Homeless Services and Research Award

New for 2017, this award honors a current student who is devoted to advancing education and professional leadership in ending homelessness nationwide. This award is made possible by a grant from the New York Community Trust to the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services (NCEHS) of which the Silver School is a participating partner.

Excellence in Leadership Award

The Excellence in Leadership Award honors students who have displayed outstanding leadership and whose work directly contributes to the Silver School’s academic, professional, and social community. The #SocialWorkersRock Award recognizes a group of students for their Excellence in Leadership.

Global Social Work Award

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

Students nominated for this award should be in good standing with the Silver School of Social Work. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Outstanding Student Program Award

This award honors one program, event, or initiative facilitated by a student organization that promoted the mission of NYU Silver while enhancing the community and improving student life at the School. This program, event, or initiative has exemplified dedication to enhancement of student well-being by successfully carrying out its purpose.

Sponsoring organizations nominated for this award should be a registered organization with the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs.

Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship is a $1000 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.

Silver Citizenship Award

The 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 will be honored for their outstanding work on behalf of an organization or cause outside of academics or field placements.

Students nominated for this award should be in good standing with the Silver School of Social Work. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Silver Spirit Award

The Silver Spirit Award honors current members of the student body whose involvement throughout their careers at the NYU Silver School of Social Work demonstrates exemplary pride in and dedication to the School 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.

Students nominated for this award should be in good academic standing. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student; a GPA of 3.0 or higher; leadership in co-curricular activities; and actions that embody the spirit of the Silver School as an active volunteer and leader.

Social Justice Award

The Social Justice Award recognizes the student that best exemplifies the values of the Silver School of Social Work: to advance the cause of social justice and promote the ideals of a humane society. This student has 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.

Students nominated for this award should be in good academic standing. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student; a GPA of 3.0 or higher; and actions that embody the spirit of social justice.

Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award

Nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Award demonstrate extraordinary professional success and achievement over the span of their career in social work. Achievements may include exemplary leadership in an agency or a community; contributions to the field through research and publications; effective advocacy for the social work profession; and/or involvement in professional, civic, or community organizations. Nominees must have earned an undergraduate, masters, or doctoral degree from NYU Silver.

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Nominees for the Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award 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; effective advocacy for the social work profession; and/or involvement in professional, civic, or community organizations. Nominees must have earned an undergraduate, masters, or doctoral degree from NYU Silver within the past five years.

The Making A Difference Award

The Making 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

The Distinguished Service to the School award recognizes outstanding teaching and dedication to students. The instruction and character of recipients of this award reflects the qualities of innovation, originality, time, energy, and effort to effectively educate students. Awardees are selected by the dean.

Teaching Awards

The NYU Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award, established in 1987, is presented annually to outstanding full-time faculty members in recognition that one of NYU's primary institutional priorities, along with research, is exceptional teaching inside and outside of the classroom setting. Recipients are presented with a medal and a monetary award.

  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Robert Hawkins
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Deborah Padgett
  • 2010-2011 Recipient: Jeane Anastas
  • 2001-2002 Recipient: Carol Tosone
  • 1999-2000 Recipient: Theresa Aiello
  • 1995-1996 Recipient: Jeffrey Seinfeld
  • 1990-1991 Recipient: Burt Schacter
  • 1987-1988 Recipient: Helen Scire


Great Teacher Award

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


Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award

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.

  • 2012 Recipient: Anne Marie Moreno


Teaching Award in Field Education

The Teaching Award in Field Education recognizes 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.

  • 2013 Recipient: Robin Miller