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 the Chancellor's Award for Students!


The Award:

In 1977, the Chancellor and the Student Affairs staff began considering a way of honoring UWRF students who had made significant non-academic contributions to the university. In 1980, the Chancellor's Award for Students was first awarded to five recipients. Since then, 5-12 students have been selected every year to receive this honor in recognition of their service to UW-River Falls.

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


Must be an upper-class student or graduate student.
Must be in good academic standing.
Must not be a past recipient of the award.

Criteria for Selection:

1. A student should have a commitment to the core values of the institution
2. A positive, inspiring attitude
3. Courage, innovation and creativity

Nomination materials should highlight in particular one of the following areas:

Undergraduate Research

  • Uphold the mission of URSCA by supporting and promoting the culture of undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activity across campus. Show exceptional leadership when attending professional meetings and conferences. 


  • Shows leadership in our university's core values - inclusiveness. A student commits to creating an environment of mutual respect, professional behavior, academic freedom and appreciation of individual differences and rich cultural diversity. 
  • As an inclusive leader, a student understands the systemic concepts of social justice and promotes inclusivity in our campus community.


  • The student will be an advocate and participant in global and international campus programs. Provide global awareness and participate in the various international programs offered. 

Service to the Community

  • The student shows leadership that fosters hope and change within a community.

Service to the University

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

Nomination Process:

The nomination form, a current resume of the nominee, a letter of nomination,  and at least two letters of support are required. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Letters may come from:

  • UWRF faculty or advisers
  • UWRF staff
  • Organization leaders
  • Fellow students
  • Candidate themselves

All documents must be submitted by email from the nominator to by the due date of March 10, 2017. In the subject line please write: "Chancellor's Award" and the student's name. All nomination materials should be attached to the email in MS Word or PDF document format.

The Selection Committee:

  • Chancellor's designee (chair),
  • two appointees from Student Senate,
  • one appointee from Student Affairs,
  • one faculty member from each of the four academic colleges.


 2013 CA-Students   
Award Photot Students 

Recipients of the 2016 Chancellor's Award for Students, pictured with Chancellor Dean Van Galen from left to right:

  • Jessica (JJ) Knapp, Major in Art History and Photography
  • Madeleine Pemberton, Major in Elementary Education with minors in Early Childhood and Spanish
  • Emma Sweet, Major in Biology and Spanish
  • Chancellor Dean Van Galen
  • Angela Ludvigsen, Major in Physics and Math
  • Marie-Morella Kponou, Major in Biology (Biomedical) with minors in Chemistry and French
  • Mohammad Battah, Major in Biology (Biomedical)