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Student Awards

Each spring, the NYU Silver School of Social Work honors students who have excelled in academics, practice, and in their extracurricular pursuits. Awardees are recognized in a school-wide ceremony in the following areas:

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.

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.

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 POPS Project Award

The Planning, Organization, and Provision of Services (POPS) award will be awarded to a Professional Foundation MSW student or an undergraduate senior who has developed an outstanding POPS Project during the 2013-2014 academic year. The overarching goal of the POPS project is to conduct an organizational assessment to identify areas where service delivery might be enhanced or where there are gaps in services. The student with this project will have demonstrated careful design and implementation of the project that facilitate innovative and creative change in service provision at the agency and/or community and the population served.

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.

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.

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.