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UT Austin Student Employee of the Year

Nominations Open December 7, 2015 - January 29, 2016

The President’s Student Employee of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding student employee who has made a unique contribution to the university and has demonstrated exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative, and professionalism.

The competition is supported by the Office of the President and by donations to the University Operations Student Employee Recognition Program fund. Donations in any amount are welcome!

The winner receives a certificate and an award of $500. In addition, the UT Austin winner is entered in the regional competition sponsored by the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators. The winner of that competition receives a $1,000 award and is entered in the National Student Employment Association competition, which also offers a $1,000 award.

All nominees are recognized at an event sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs during National Student Employee Appreciation Week in April. The recipient of the President’s Student Employee of the Year Award also is recognized at the President’s Staff Awards event in May.

Please visit the Celebrating Student Employees page to read about previous UT Austin winners, finalists, and nominees.


The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are employed in the following student titles:

Teaching Assistants, Assistant Instructors, and Graduate Research Assistants are not eligible.

Nominees must have been employed, or be expected to be employed, for at least 240 hours between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016 (e.g., 12 weeks at 20 hours per week or 24 weeks at 10 hours per week). This criterion is based on the number of hours assigned, except in the case of Resident Assistants.


Here are the rules for nominating a student employee:

Here are some guidelines for completing the nomination form:

Please be as specific as possible. Details and examples are important! Focus on qualities that set the nominee apart from other student employees and on the impact the nominee has had on your department and/or the university. This portion of the nomination form is subject to a 1200-character limit for each area.

Questions? Contact Amy Greenspan, Student Employment Coordinator in HR.

Nominations Open December 7, 2015

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