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2009 Student Awards

Innovation in Social Work Practice Award

Jennifer Applegate

Jennifer Applegate

Jennifer Applegate is a graduating MSW student, born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. After a study tour to Northern Ireland, where she witnessed the effects of political oppression and racism, she decided to pursue a career in social work. Jennifer's comprehensive literature review of community gardens examines how the gardens have been shown to lessen violent crime, improve health outcomes, and facilitate social participation in neighborhoods. She proposes a five-year, longitudinal study comparing neighborhoods with and without community gardens in the city of Newark, New Jersey.

Her overarching career goal is to promote social justice and work towards equality, respect, and peace. Community gardens and the "green" movement have become topics of great interest to Jennifer. Especially in times of economic instability, she believes that communities must work together and build relationships in order to flourish. Through her experience with community gardens she is able to serve and work alongside marginalized populations, and work towards her vision that human dignity and love will bring us together in respect and peace

Kate Segedy

Kate Price Segedy

Kate Price Segedy is a first-year MSW student at NYU. Her field placement is located at the Brooklyn Treatment Court (BTC), an alternative to incarceration program that provides addiction treatment to nonviolent felony and misdemeanor offenders in lieu of jail time. At the Center, Kate helped to create "Parents with a Story," a restorative program that provides BTC residential participants with an opportunity to connect with their children through audio-video recorded storytelling while in treatment.

In addition to her work at BTC, Kate is a rape crisis and domestic violence advocate at Beth Israel Hospital. She also volunteers at Restore, a nonprofit agency that combats sex trafficking in New York City, and with the Community Friends Project at the Jewish Board of Children and Family Services. In the future, she hopes to maintain a private practice in which she works with female survivors of trauma


Silver Spirit Award for Outstanding Social Work Students

Lisa Bednarz

Lisa Bednarz

Lisa Bednarz, BS '08, is a graduating MSW student from the Silver School of Social Work's advanced standing program, and an alumna of the Silver School’s undergraduate program. Always committed to the field, Lisa has spent much of her time at NYU immersing herself in the NYU Silver community. From her position as a School of Social Work student blogger to her contributions on the Department Chairs Committee, Lisa demonstrates her pride in NYU and the school of social work in everything she does.

She is a Catherine B. Reynolds Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship and a StartingBloc Fellow in Social Innovation; she believes in modernizing social services through cross-sector collaboration and entrepreneurial principles. She is especially passionate about social epidemiology and working with older adults, and is a student in the inaugural year of the Integrated Geriatric Mental Health program at the Silver School. She looks forward to building on the invaluable foundation that the School has given her.

Karalyn Shimmyo

Karalyn Shimmyo

Karalyn Shimmyo is a graduating MSW student at NYU's Silver School of Social Work, where she founded the NYU Student Committee on LCSW Licensing Issues (October 2008), the leading student group advocating for positive change in New York State licensing requirements. She received her BS in experimental psychology from the City University of New York. She also serves as a current board member for the New York State Coalition of LMSWs.

Karalyn, a longtime resident of Brooklyn, NY, serves as co-chair of the Development Committee for the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. In 2003, she co-founded and incorporated the arts-based nonprofit Artists Paint for Peace, Inc., where she held the position of Development Director for four years. She offers consultation on nonprofit organizational development, as well as grant and report writing services

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.