Annual Student Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions
NYU Silver's 10th Annual Student Awards celebration was held on April 18, 2018 at NYU Kimmel Center for University Life. Student Leadership Council member and co-emcee Tasheena Salmon, MSW ’18, began the event by noting “The individuals and groups we honor tonight have already transformed lives and communities. Their courage and vision as social work leaders help all of us better understand what it means not only to be excellent social workers, but to be excellent human beings.”
Congratulations to all of the honorees:
Dean’s Award for Innovation in Social Work Practice
Opioid Overdose Prevention Training | Fantasia Cordero, MSW ’18
Women Beyond the Bars | Patrice James, MSW ’18, Whitnique Small, MSW ’18, and Unique Starks, MSW ’18
Diane Greenstein Memorial Fellowship
Kevin Lotz, PhD Candidate
Xupeng Mao, PhD Candidate
Excellence in Leadership Award
Patrice James, MSW ’18
Luisa Lopez, MSW ’18
Global Social Work Award
Kamolnan Chearavanont, BS ’18
Natasha Atkins, MSW ’18
Nancy Murakami, DSW Candidate
Outstanding Student Program Award
“Where Do Asians Belong? Unpacking the API/A Experience” | Asian Pacific Islander/American (API/A) Social Work Students for Change
Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship
Dr. Shelly Ben-David, PhD ’17
Silver Citizenship Award
Sarah James, MSW ’18
Larisa Kupris, MSW ’18
Julia Almodovar, MSW ’18
Shannon Martin, MSW ’18
Silver Spirit Award
Sarah Murslim, BS ’18
Michael Schwartz, MSW ’18
Social Justice Award
Kendra Ganley, BS ’18
Unique Starks, MSW ’18
2017-2018 NYU Silver Student Groups and Councils
About NYU Silver’s Student Awards
The 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. 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.
The 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.
The Distinguished Contribution to Student Engagement award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the growth of Silver students through their engagement with students and student life outside of the classroom. This includes but is not limited to advising a student group, engagement with career and professional development programming, facilitation of educational programming outside of the classroom, and the tireless advocacy for, mentorship of, and/or empowerment of all students.
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.
The Global Social Work Award 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.
The Outstanding Student Program 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.
The Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship award 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.
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.
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. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student; leadership in co-curricular activities; and actions that embody the spirit of the Silver School as an active volunteer and leader.
The #SocialWorkersRock 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.
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. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student and actions that embody the spirit of social justice.