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The 2017 Bucky’s Award Ceremony

The Bucky’s Award Ceremony is an esteemed banquet held during the spring semester that recognizes and celebrates both outstanding student leaders and student organizations at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Awards are presented to those individuals and student organizations that have demonstrated excellence in three areas: The Wisconsin Experience, Inclusivity, and Discovery. The main goal of the Bucky’s Award Ceremony is to recognize students that go above and beyond expectations to effectively serve the campus and community.  This year, 5 Peer Mentor Awards at the Graduate level will also be selected and recognized at the Ceremony. 

The 2017 Bucky’s Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 9 at 6:30 pm in Varsity Hall of Union South.

Application Information

Registered student organizations and students from Undergraduate and Graduate programs can apply or be nominated for an award. A review committee will evaluate each application, and will come to a decision based on the criteria constructed for each award.

The application cycle will open in early spring semester and will close in March. 

Contact information:

Bucky's Awards:

For any questions, please contact Jenny Soler at jsoler@wisc.edu 

Graduate Student Peer Mentor Awards

For questions, please contact mgn@grad.wisc.edu

Apply online here.

Student Organization Award Applications

Best New Student Organization Award  
Conservation and Sustainability  
Excellence in Post-Graduate Preparation Award   
Health and Wellness Award   
Inclusivity Award   
Outstanding Leadership Award  
Outstanding Service Award  
Philanthropic Achievement Award 
Social Justice Advocacy Award  
Dean's Award of Excellence  

Individual Award Applications

Global Citizenship Award
Individual Leadership Award
Most Involved Award 
Outstanding Freshman Award 
Outstanding Senior Award 
Outstanding Transfer Student Award

 

Description of Awards

Peer Mentor Awards

The Graduate Peer Mentor awards provide graduate students the opportunity to be recognized for stellar mentorship qualities. These graduate students are selected based on their ability to mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students in their departments. Selected mentors are honored at Bucky’s Award Ceremony celebrating their accomplishments. More information of these awards can be found at: https://grad.wisc.edu/diversity/mgn/peermentor

Dean’s Award of Excellence

This award is presented to the organization that excels in three pillars: Wisconsin Experience, Discovery, and Innovation. The Wisconsin Experience revolves around the idea that together we create and apply learning inside and outside of the classroom to make the world a better place. Therefore, this organization actively works to incorporate effective program planning, innovation, leadership service, valued membership, and social justice into their mission and the events and programs they host each year.

Best New Student Organization Award

This award is given to a student organization that was founded within the last two academic years. They are awarded for their member participation, the successes they have had, and the unique contributions they bring to campus and the surrounding community. In addition, this organization has a plan for continued growth and achievement in future years and wants to continue to be a successful organization on campus.

Philanthropic Achievement Award

This award recognizes a student organization that has excelled in investing considerable time towards raising funds and donations for their events and charity. Their actions embody the Wisconsin Idea and have benefited campus or the surrounding community.

Outstanding Service Award

This award recognizes a student organization that has participated in service activities continually throughout the academic year and has hosted at least one service activity to the campus community. This student organization has worked consistently through dedication and perseverance to improve our campus and the surrounding community.

Inclusivity Award

This award is presented to an organization that fosters learning opportunities, contributes to the scholastic and leadership growth for its members, and focuses on fostering interactions between members. This organization believes inclusivity revolves around a strong relationship between its members and dedicates extra time towards building those relationships. This organization also excels in promoting awareness and offering events surrounding social justice in order to foster an organization built on the fundamentals of equality. 

Outstanding Leadership Award

This award recognizes a student organization that has excelled in their use of leadership skills to work towards a positive change on campus or in the surrounding community. This organization has demonstrated excellence in the core values of the UW-Madison Leadership Framework, which include integrity, inclusive engagement, and connection with the community. In addition, the organization has developed leadership skills in both members of the organization and the community in order to support them as they engage in this positive change. Finally, this organization demonstrates continuous reflection to overcome obstacles and weaknesses that are encountered during the process of implementing the positive change.

Outstanding Senior Award

This award goes to a senior who has shown his or her ability to be a leader on campus and in the surrounding community. In addition, this student has shown growth and made a significant contribution to the campus community by making the most of their “Wisconsin Experience.” The students that receive the Outstanding Senior Award are those students that have been actively involved in the UW-Madison campus and community, those that are dedicated to its community, and those who associate strongly with the university. 

Outstanding First-Year Freshman Award

This award goes to a freshman who has shown his or her ability to be a leader on campus and in the surrounding community. This student shows strong interest in furthering their involvement in a student organization, program, or cause and to create a unique mark on the UW community. In addition, this student has taken initiative within their involvement and encompasses important values and ideals of the “Wisconsin Experience”.

Most Involved Award

This award is given to an ambitious student in regards to campus involvement. This student is well rounded in their interests, actively involved in multiple organizations and programs on campus. This student applies the different skills acquired in the organizations to better improve themselves, the students on campus, and the surrounding community. 

Individual Leadership Award

This award honors outstanding student leaders who have made a significant impact on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding community. These students have demonstrated strong leadership skills through outstanding initiative, meaningful involvement, and measurable influence on students, citizens, or programming.

Outstanding Transfer Student Award

This award honors outstanding student leaders who have made a significant impact on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding community as a transfer student. This student has demonstrated his or her leadership through creating a unique mark on the UW community and successfully handling his or her transition onto campus through meaningful campus involvement. In addition, this student has taken initiative within their involvement and encompasses important values and ideals of the “Wisconsin Experience.”

Social Justice Advocacy Award

This award recognizes an individual or student organization that makes a strong and lasting impact on the Madison campus and community by promoting social justice and equality.  They also have made great strides to educate and empower others to act on these beliefs.  

Global Citizenship Award

This award will be given annually to recognize a student’s efforts to increase his or her awareness of global issues whether through an internship, formal study, or a volunteer project abroad. The reviewing committee will be looking for a student who applies different cross-cultural skills and values acquired through their experience abroad to better improve themselves and his or her surrounding community. 

Conservation and Sustainability

This award recognizes an organization or an individual that has gone above and beyond to better their community in terms of sustainability and conservation.  This student or organization demonstrates that they have had an impact on the Madison campus and community in helping to move toward a more sustainable environment.  

Excellence in Post-Graduate Preparation Award

This award recognizes a student organization that excels in preparing its members for the future. Whether it is through networking sessions with members of the field, job fairs, or internships, this organization greatly values providing its members with outstanding employment and co-curricular opportunities that will allow them to succeed in the post-graduate world.

Health and Wellness Award

This award is given to an ambitious student or student organization that excels in promoting and achieving overall health and wellness on campus. This student or student group has shown excellent skill in promoting health, providing resources to campus to improve wellness, and working toward improving the overall well being of the UW Madison community.