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.

This year's reception will be held on April 28, 2016.


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:

Nomination materials should highlight in particular the following accomplishments and attributes of the candidate:
  •  Demonstrated service to the university, defined as:
    • Enriching the lives of fellow students,
    • Building better student organizations,
    • Contributing to a more just and caring campus.
  •  Exceptional leadership skills, such as:
    • Commitment to the core values of the institution,
    • A positive, inspiring attitude,
    • Courage, innovation and creativity.

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, no later that March 4, 2016. 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.


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Recipients of the 2015 Chancellor's Award for Students, pictured with Chancellor Dean Van Galen. Front row from left: Haley Klinker, College of Arts and Sciences, International Studies Major, Spanish, Psychology Minor; Randall J. Pfeifer, College of Business & Economics, Business Administration and Computer Sciences Major; Julie Vang, College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology and International Studies Major; Lyndsay Hage, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Biology Major; Second Row from left: Chancellor Dean Van Galen; Samuel Tauchen, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Education Major, Psychology Minor; Daniel Saunders, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology Major, Geographic Information Systems Minor; Cheng-Yen Lee, College of Education and Professional Studies, Elementary Education Major, Coaching Minor.