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Congratulations to the 2018 Silver Student Awardees!

Please join us as we congratulate the winners of the 10th Annual Student Awards at the NYU Silver School of Social Work! These students have excelled in academics, practice, and in their extracurricular pursuits. They truly embody the spirit and passion of the Silver School.

Dean's Award for Innovation in Social Work Practice

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training | Fantasia Cordero, MSW Program
Women Beyond the Bars | Patrice James, Whitnique Small, Unique Starks, MSW Program

Diane Greenstein Memorial Fellowship
Kevin Lotz, PhD Program
Xupeng Mao, PhD Program

Excellence in Leadership
Patrice James, MSW Program
Luisa Lopez, MSW Program

Global Social Work Award
Natasha Atkins, MSW Program
Kamolnan Chearavanont, BS Program
Nancy Murakami, DSW Program

Outstanding Student Program Award
Where Do Asians Belong? Unpacking the API/A Experience | Asian Pacific Islander / American Social Work Students for Change

Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship
Dr. Shelly Ben-David, PhD Program

Silver Citizenship Award
Sarah James, MSW Program
Larisa Kupris, MSW Program
Julia Almodovar & Shannon Martin, MSW Program

Silver Spirit Award
Sarah Murslim, BS Program
Michael Schwartz, MSW Program

Social Justice Award
Kendra Ganley, BS Program
Unique Starks, MSW Program

#SocialWorkersRock Award
Animal Assisted Therapy in Social Work
Asian Pacific Islander / American Social Work Students for Change
Black Women's Social Work Coalition
Chinese Student Support Group
Doctoral Student Association
End-Of-Life Gerontology Student Collective
Graduate Student Association
Latinx Social Work Student Organization
Mindfulness Student Collective
Phi Alpha National Honor Society - Pi Pi Chapter
Pride in Practice
Silver Psychoanalysis Forum
Social Workers Approaching God
Social Workers for Women Worldwide
Social Workers on Public Policy
Social Workers Supporting Social Workers
Students of Color Collective
Undergraduate Student Government Association
White Students Challenging Racism

Congratulations are also in order for the recipients of awards in the community:

NYU President’s Service Awards: to recognize the distinguished achievements of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and student organizations for their promotion of learning, leadership, and quality of student life at New York University.

Patrice James, MSW Program
Luisa Lopez, MSW Program
Sarah Murslim, BS Program
Carly Siuta, MSW SH-NY Program
Black Women’s Social Work Coalition
Latinx Social Work Student Organization
Silver School of Social Work Undergraduate Student Government Association

NIA Awards: The Nia (a Swahili word meaning purpose) Awards are a long-standing tradition organized by the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP), a department in the Division of Students Affairs. The Nia Awards are an opportunity to recognize the achievements of NYU community members for enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in their work for the NYU community and beyond. This celebration honors our awards winners and serves as CMEP's end of the year celebration.

Diana Franco, DSW Program, César Chávez / Clara Hale Community Outreach Award
Black Women's Social Work Coalition, Fannie Lou Hamer Student Organization Award

Congratulations, as well, to Miraida Oquendo, who has been awarded the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Student Graduate Award, Rockland Chapter, and to Iris Wang, who is the New York State Social Work Education Association Undergraduate Social Work Student of the Year.

about the 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 Leadership Award

The Excellence in Leadership Award honors students who have displayed exceptional leadership amongst their peers and whose work directly contributes to the development of NYU Silver’s academic, professional, and social community. The awardees have shown commitment to student life, social justice, and the social work profession.

Global Social Work Award

The Global Social Work award recipient demonstrates a strong commitment to enhancing social work practice within the context of global interdependence, social work engagement abroad, and/or practice with diverse globally connected populations in the United States.

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.

#SocialWorkersRock Award

This award honors a student group that promoted the core values of the social work profession while improving the student community at NYU Silver. This student group has exemplified dedication to enhancement of peer support and professional engagement while successfully carrying out the group’s mission.

Student groups nominated for this award should be a registered group with the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs.


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