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CSI Awards and Celebration

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) holds an annual awards ceremony to honor outstanding student organizations, individuals, and community advisors.

Nomination applications are closed for the 2019–2020 academic year.

Award Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th via the Center for Student Involvement's Instagram and Facebook pages!

For individual award nomination forms, see each category below.

Student Org of the Year

Prize: $250 to your student organization account

This award is given to the CSI registered student organization that displays outstanding effort in all areas, in relation to its purpose, based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership of the organization in reaching its goals
  • Contributions to the University and /or outside community
  • Development of its members

2019–2020 winner:

Camp KESEM

2018–2019 winner:

Sigma Kappa

2017–2018 winner:

Muir Musical

2016–2017 winner:

Virtual Realty Club

2015–2016 winner:

UCSD Student Foundation

2014–2015 winner:

Alternative Breaks@UCSD

New Student Org of the Year

Prize: $50 to your student organization account

This award is given to a CSI student organization that registered after May 3, 2018, and that displays outstanding effort in all areas, based on the following three criteria:

  • Maintained a strong membership base
  • Made exceptional progress on accomplishing organization's goals
  • Hosted or sponsored campus-wide program and events 

2019–2020 winner:

Association for Computing Machinery

2018–2019 winner:

Young Planners Society

2017–2018 winner:

Quality of Life Plus Club

2016–2017 winner:

Emergency Medical Services at UCSD

2015–2016 winner:

Virtual Reality Club

Most Outstanding Marketing Plan

Prize: $50 to your student organization account.

This award is given to either a CSI-registered student organization for the most outstanding, and effective marketing plan for any type of event (philanthropic, social, fundraising, service, etc.)

2019–2020 winner:

Chinese Union

2018–2019 winner:

Chinese Union

2017–2018 winner:

Chinese Union

2016–2017 winner:

Student Health Advocates

2015–2016 winner:

SENDforC San Diego

Team Effort of the Year

Prize: $200 will be divided between the orgs.

This award is given to teams of 2 or more CSI-registered student organizations for the most outstanding, jointly-sponsored program.

2019–2020 winner:

Civil Discourse Club & Open Dyalog

2018–2019 winner:

"Building a Safe Space for Recovery" - Triton Recovery Group, Triton Recovery Group Advisory Board, and Model United Nations

2017–2018 winner:

“HackXR 2018” - Virtual Reality Club at UCSD and Triton Engineering Student Council

2016–2017 winner:

"Triton Gaming Expo" - Triton Gaming, Triton Counter Strike, Triton Smash, Triton Melee, Triton Hearthstone, and League of Tritons

2015–2016 winner:

Student Health Advocates & the CAPS Wellness Peer Educators

2014–2015 winners:

"All You Need Is Love" - Student Health Advocates & Counseling and Psychological Services Peer Educator Program

Community Advisor of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to student organizations.

Criteria:
  • Must be the official Faculty/Staff/Community Advisor of a UCSD registered student organization, as noted on the online Student Organization Registration website between May 3, 2018 and April 23, 2019 (Note: CSI Advisors are not eligible)
  • Must be acting as a volunteer, and not within the scope of a paid position or receiving monetary compensation 

2019–2020 winner:

Kristi Mackenzie, Psi Chi/Psychology Club 

2018–2019 winner:

Dr. Donna Kritz-Silverstein, Pre-Dental Society/Free Dental Clinic at UCSD

2017-2018 winner:

Dr. Donna Kritz-Silverstein, Pre-Dental Society/Free Dental Clinic at UCSD

2016-2017 winner:

Dr. Donna Kritz-Silverstein, Pre-Dental Society/Free Dental Clinic at UCSD

2015-2016 winner:

Dr. Irwin Silverstein, Pre-Dental Society at UCSD

2014–2015 winner:

Leon Tejwani, Alternative Breaks: Inspire Success

Communication & Leadership Outstanding Individual Leader Award

Prize: $50 UCSD Bookstore certificate

This award is open to students who have successfully completed at least one CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2018-19 academic year.

Eligibility:

  • Current UC San Diego undergraduate OR graduate student
  • Earned or pending certificate of completion for any CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Criteria:

  • Individual has shown improvement of communication and leadership skills as a result of participating in CSI-Communication and Leadership program(s)
  • Individual demonstrates awareness and understanding of the individual values of consciousness of self, congruence, and commitment as outlined in the Social Change Model
  • Individual articulates how their leadership has created social change 

2019–2020 winner:

Rachel Chang

2018–2019 winner:

Qichen Huang

2017–2018 winner:

Sally Duong

2016–2017 winner:

Anh Tran

2015–2016 winner:

Milawen Ding

2014–2015 winner:

Madhura Som

Communication & Leadership Outstanding Group Leader Award

Prize: $50 UCSD Bookstore certificate

This award is open to students who have successfully completed at least one CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2018-19 academic year.

Eligibility:

  • Current UC San Diego undergraduate OR graduate student
  • Earned or pending certificate of completion for any CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Criteria:

  • Individual has shown improvement of communication and leadership skills as a result of participating in CSI-Communication and Leadership program(s)
  • Individual demonstrates awareness and understanding of the group values of collaboration, common purpose, and controversy of civility as outlined in the Social Change Model
  • Individual articulates how their leadership has created social change 

2019–2020 winner:

Pei-Chi Yang

2018–2019 winner:

Marcos Antonio Duran

2017–2018 winner:

Oana Curcanu

2016–2017 winner:

Monica Varela

2015–2016 winner:

N/A

2014–2015 winner:

Evelyn Nash

Communication & Leadership Outstanding Community Leader Award

Prize: $50 UCSD Bookstore certificate

This award is open to students who have successfully completed at least one CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2018-19 academic year.

Eligibility:

  • Current UC San Diego undergraduate OR graduate student
  • Earned or pending certificate of completion for any CSI-Communication and Leadership program during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Criteria:

  • Individual has shown improvement of communication and leadership skills as a result of participating in CSI-Communication and Leadership program(s)
  • Individual demonstrates awareness and understanding of the community value of citizenship as outlined in the Social Change Model
  • Individual articulates how their leadership has created social change

2019–2020 winner:

Eveet Gabriel

2018–2019 winner:

Prasadini Gross 

2017–2018 winner:

Eveet Gabriel

CSI Individual Changemaker of the Year Award

Prize: $50 UCSD Bookstore certificate

Purpose: To recognize a student involved in a CSI registered organization or program, who has emerged as a leader in creating change on a specific social justice issue. They are engaged not only with the issue, but the community impacted. This award values innovation, collaboration, leadership, and passion for changemaking. For this award students may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.  For self-nominations, endorsement must be obtained by someone other than the nominee, who is familiar with the content of the nomination.

Eligibility: Community Advisors, community members, faculty, staff, and students may submit nominations. Students may nominate themselves or their peers.

Selection Criteria: This award is given to a student involved in a CSI registered organization or program, who demonstrates, with concrete examples, the following criteria:

  • Individual has worked to create positive change on an issue using an innovative approach.
  • Individual is committed to developing and empowering other changemakers among their peers and community partners
  • Individual has engaged with the impacted community to identify challenges and implement strategies to address those challenges.

2019–2020 winner:

Pamela Elguezabal

2018–2019 winner:

Shaheryar Ajmal

2017–2018 winner:

Emily Zhang

2016–2017 winner:

Selena López

2015–2015 winner:

Charlotte Chiu

2014–2015 winner:

Nicole Chhea

Sustained Community Service Initiative of the Year

Prize: $200 to student organization account

Purpose: To recognize CSI registered student organizations who have gone out of their way to develop a service project or initiative through sustained collaboration with community partners. This award values collaborative partnerships and approaches to addressing pressing social justice issues on a long term basis, i.e. through relationship building and over more than one or two service events. 

Eligibility: Community Advisors, community members, faculty, staff, and students may nominate student organizations that demonstrate the criteria identified below. Members may nominate their own organization, or their peers’ organization(s).

Selection Criteria: This award is given to a CSI registered student organization of UC San Diego, based on crete examples of the follow critieria: 

  • Service initiative addresses a pressing social justice issue through long-term collaboration with impacted community to identify challenges, and strategies to address those challenges.
  • Based on collaborative approach, this organization provides participants with the opportunity to engage in education, training, and reflection around identified community issue(s).
  • Service is meaningful and impacts both participants and the community, creating lasting relationships/connections between campus and community. 

2019–2020 winner:

Fronteras Saludables

2018–2019 winner:

Pre-Dental Society at UC San Diego

2017–2018 winner:

Fronteras Saludables

2016–2017 winner:

Alternative Breaks @ UCSD

2015–2016 winner:

Alternative Breaks @ UCSD

2014–2015 winner:

Alternative Breaks @ UCSD

Alternative Breaks Group Impact Award

This award will not be accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Prize: $200 to fund the student's leadership skills, such as Alternative Breaks Citizenship Schools (ABCs), leadership workshops, books, or materials

Purpose:  To recognize AB groups who have embodied the principles of Alternative Breaks at UCSD, shown growth among participants, and have a plan of action to continue to impact the social justice issue of their trip.

Eligibility:  Community Advisors, Alternative Breaks Executive Board Members, and/or Members of Alternative Breaks @ UCSD may nominate groups that demonstrate strong high impact practices as identified below. Members may nominate themselves or their peers.

Selection Criteria: This award is given to a CSI registered Alternative Breaks group based on concrete examples of the following criteria

  • Thoughtful implementation of the principles of Alternative Breaks
  • Impact of trip on members as measured via the Active Citizenship continuum
  • Continued service addressing social justice issue beyond the trip.

2018–2019 winner:

AB Education

2017–2018 winner:

AB Pura Vida

Best Virtual Program Award

This award is accepting nominations for the first time in the 2019-2020 academic year. 

This award is given to a CSI-registered student organization for the most outstanding and effective virtual program aimed to support student engagement (social, fundraising, service, etc.)

Please submit any flyer and/or digital material used in nominated marketing plan to getinvolved@ucsd.edu with the Subject "CSI Award Nominations - Award Name"

NOTE: Additional collaborators of this outstanding marketing plan may be UC San Diego college/department organizations, individual students, or community members.

2019–2020 winner:

Chinese Union

Questions? Contact a member of the Center for Student Involvement staff.