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Rewarding the Bulldog best & brightest

Bulldogs go above and beyond. Our annual student awards recognize not just the best and brightest among the student body, but they also give students a chance to say thanks to a member of the staff or faculty who have gone the extra mile to make UMD a better place. Nominations are accepted in the spring each year, and recipients are honored at a ceremony that celebrates both our sung and unsung heroes.

For descriptions of the awards click here

Congratulations to our 2018 Student Award Recipients!

Outstanding Student Organization

Women's Resource and Action Center

Outstanding Staff

Joelle McGovern 

Outstanding Academic Advisor

Dr. Alexandra Luong

Outstanding Faculty

Joe Artim
Matti Erpestad

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor

Erin Olson 
Emily Borra

Sustainability Inspiration Awards

Dr. Geoff Bell 
Ann Pellant 
Maddie Sinclair 

Cmdr. David R. Wheat H.E.R.O.S. Scholarship

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Ernst, USN

Siggelkow Leadership Award 

Hamza Ali

Featherman Award 

Nawal Mirza

Leadership Award 

Lee Cygan 
Jessica Faacks

Bulldog Awards 

Cody Brumbaugh
Emily Hartman
Kylee Pass
Ellie Strafelda

Sieur du Luth Award 

Anna Jensen
Tiffany Miller

Arrowhead Awards

Alpha Delta 

Andrew Gratz
Tanner Hagglund
Mitchell Jauhola
Bryce Maurice
Alex McCormick

Alpha Sigma Tau

Abby Baysinger
Olivia Goskey
Lexi Olson
Victoria Prasek
Siri Traynor

Attitudes Dance Association

Katherine Burke
Courtney Companion 
Hannah Garrett
Maggie Trom

Beta Lambda Psi

Maria Eischens
McKenzie Howe
Laura Nelson 
Kylee Pass 
Kari Thoreson

Communication Sciences & Disorders Club

Destinee Bouavichith
Haley Brown 
Hailee Jofs

Exercise Science Club

Hannah Garrett 
Emily Sampair 
Amelia Wagenknecht
Jake Wilcox
Libby Yost 

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship 

Taylor Grimsboe
Akousa Jah
Wren Jones 
Robert Lee 
Emilie Ziebarth

League of Extraordinary Film Critics

Micah Eigenfeld
Andrew Weisz

MPIRG

Juliana Epstein
Mary Franz
Bella Maki 
Jade Moorse 
Kiera Waskey

Phi Kappa Psi 

Jay Halverson 
Evan Hedeen

Pre Dental Club

Natalie Kohner
Riley Rushib 
Ashley Swanson

Society of Women Engineers 

Sarah Forthun
MaryPat Thune

Students Today Leaders Forever

Megan Bartel
Noah Franz

Twin Ports Rotaract Club

Mackenzie McFarlane
Alyssa Sorenson

Women in Business 

Caitlin Roberts 

Women's Resource & Action Center 

Persabelle Debela 
Carly Hiti
Carly Madden
Sara Minder 
Jade Moorse

Kirby Leadership Institute Certificate Recipients
Fardowsa Abinoor 
Courtney Anderson
Akquaa Anye
Ntsang Anye
Kelsey Baker 
Audrey Baumgartner 
Merhawi Berhane
Laura Brixius
Kaylie Brooks 
Katherine Burke 
Alice Bygd 
Sean Carpenter
Allegra Ceglar 
Carly Christensen 
Katherine Connor 
Sagenda Daye 
Persabelle Debela 
Abygayle DeGoey
Allison Fairchild 
Eunice Galamue
Hannah Garrett 
Chris Gass
Maria Jose Gomez 
Raquel Halldorson 
Emily Hartman 
Carly Hiti 
Jennifer Hoof 
Jefrina Jayaraj
Allison Krueger 
Katelyn Kunde 
Tessa Lasky 
Cindy Leung
Carly Madden 
Andrew Manoleff 
Luke McCutcheon 
Nathan McDonald 
Amanda Minder 
Sara Minder 
Madiha Mirza 
Nawal Mirza 
Lauren Moe 
Angela Paulson 
Rachel Poss
Jordan Potts
Moriah Reeves 
Natasha Reister 
Orianna Scherer
Benenon Shannon 
Kaitlyn Shelley 
Madelaine Sinclair 
Jacob Siow 
Daniel Smerz 
Ellie Strafelda 
Kaitlyn Thomson 
Thomas Tran 
Megan Traxler 
Lyzeette Velez 
Kalley Waller 
Jordan Woodland 
Michaela Wurdelman 
Steven Zakrajsek

About the Awards

Student Awards:

Arrowhead Award
The Arrowhead Award is given for exemplary service to a student organization. Each organization or representative may honor up to five individual members of their group per year.

Bulldog Award: Graduate and Undergraduate
The Bulldog Award honors students who have served in at least one area where their outstanding service has positively affected the University community in the past calendar year. Undergraduate recipients are typically juniors or seniors.

Featherman Award
The purpose of the Featherman Award is to publicly recognize and honor the student or students who have best exhibited, by personal example and actions, accomplishments that encourage greater understanding between diverse groups.

Leadership Award
The Leadership Award is given to first- or second-year undergraduate students who have served in at least one area where their exemplary service and leadership qualities have positively affected the University community in the past calendar year.

Outstanding Student Organization Award
This award is given to the registered student organization that has displayed outstanding growth and support of its members, as well as demonstrated outstanding service to the University and/or greater community in the past academic year.

Sieur Du Luth Award
The Sieur Du Luth Award is the highest award given to a UMD undergraduate. It honors exemplary service of three or more years to student organizations, the University, and the community. It can be awarded only once to a student or students who expect to graduate within one semester following the award, or who have graduated within one semester preceding the award.

Faculty/Staff Awards:

Outstanding Academic Adviser
This award is given to an academic adviser who has gone above and beyond requirements in their position. The winner displays a genuine concern for the wellbeing of the students advised.

Outstanding Faculty
This award is given to a member or members of the faculty who display outstanding abilities in the realm of teaching and instruction, calling particular attention to their contributions to the UMD community; to the educational advancement of students; and to the general pursuit of knowledge by all.

Outstanding Staff
This award is given to any non-student, non-faculty employee of the University--P&A, Civil Service, AFSCME or Teamster--who has demonstrated support and concern for the wellbeing of students and the University. The individual or individuals go above and beyond the requirements of their position to aid students.

Outstanding Adviser to a Student Organization
The winner of this award is one who has gone beyond requirements as an adviser to a student organization, and who has displayed a genuine commitment to fostering the growth and development of the student organization in the past academic year.

Sustainability Awards:

The Sustainability Inspiration Awards  
This award acknowledges student, staff, and faculty contributions to sustainability efforts at UMD, including but not limited to: sustainability awareness, education or leadership efforts, energy savings, greenhouse gas reduction, waste minimization, local agriculture and economy, and other resource-saving activities.