Chancellor's Award for Students

Do you know a student who has significantly contributed to making UW-River Falls a better place? Nominate them for a Chancellor's Award for Students!                 

The Award

The Chancellor’s Award for Students is given annually to a small number of juniors, seniors and graduate students for their outstanding commitment, leadership, and service.

This award has come to symbolize the institution’s recognition of those UW-River Falls upperclassmen or graduate students who demonstrate outstanding service and leadership. The students must be nominated and obtain letters of support during the annual nomination period in the spring. Nominees are reviewed by a selection committee that identifies finalists who are then called in front of the committee for an in-person interview, accompanied by their nominator.

Awards are presented at the annual Chancellor's Award Reception to which the recipients, their families, fellow students and faculty are invited. 


  • Must have junior, senior or graduate student status.     
  • Must be in good academic and non-academic standing.
  • Must not be a past recipient of the award.

Criteria for Selection

A Chancellor’s Award for Students recipient should demonstrate:
  1. Outstanding service and leadership on campus and/or in the community.
  2. A commitment to the core values of the institution.
  3. Positive and inspiring personal traits, including a proactive, motivating attitude; courage and resiliency; innovation and creativity.
  4. Exemplary contributions, in terms of service and leadership, in one or more of the following areas:
  • Undergraduate Research

Supporting and promoting a culture of undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activity across campus; showing exceptional leadership when attending professional meetings and conferences. 

  •  Inclusivity

Committing to creating an environment of mutual respect, professional behavior, academic freedom and appreciation of individual differences and rich cultural diversity; understanding the systemic concepts of social justice and promoting inclusivity in our campus community.

  •  Service to the Community

Exhibiting the traits of servant leadership; fostering hope and effecting real change within the community beyond campus.

  •  Service to the University

Enriching the lives of fellow students, by building better student organizations and by contributing to a more just and caring campus. 

Nomination Process


For each nominee, the following must be submitted:

  1. Nomination form (submit online via this link)
  2. A current resume of the nominee.
    • This document needs to be uploaded at the time of completing the online nomination form.
  3. A letter of nomination from the individual completing the nomination form.
    • This document needs to be uploaded at the time of completing the online nomination form.
  4. At least two letters of support (these are in addition to the nominator's letter of nomination).
    • Letters of support can either be uploaded with the nomination form, choose UWRF students/employees to send a message to requesting that they write and upload a letter or support, or submitt letter(s) via email by the end of the day on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Please email attachments in PDF or Microsoft Word doc format to Please include the name of the nominee in all file names. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
    • Letters of support may come from UWRF faculty or advisers, UWRF staff, external organization leaders, fellow students, or the candidate themself. Please note that anyone outside of or email addresses, will need to submit their letter of support via email to Please include the name of the nominee in all file names.

Any questions pertaining to the nomination process should be sent to

Selection Committee

  • Chief of Staff (chair)
  • one appointee from Student Affairs
  • one faculty member from each of the four academic colleges
  • two appointees from the Student Senate