Nominations sought for Student Impact Awards

October 10, 2012 | UToday
By Kim Goodin

UT students are being asked to do a little homework to help select exemplary faculty for this year’s Student Impact Awards.

In emails sent last week, Student Government representatives Paulette Bongratz, president, and Chris Dykyj, vice president, asked students to nominate faculty who have influenced them positively in and out of the classroom. Students were encouraged to share nominees’ enthusiasm, knowledge, dedication to students and other attributes.

“I think the Student Impact Awards are a great way for us, as students, to repay our outstanding faculty for the great job they do for us,” Dykyj said. “It is a great feeling knowing that the nominees and winners will be coming from the student body. This is an awesome opportunity for us to voice our opinions as students, and the awards run parallel with the idea of keeping a student-centered university. Make sure you nominate today!”

Students were directed to to complete brief nomination forms. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Nominations will be evaluated by representatives from Student Government, the Medical College Student Council and the Graduate Student Council. Winners will be announced Oct. 17. Each will receive $5,000.

The awards will recognize outstanding faculty members from fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters.

Faculty members nominated must be employed during fall 2011 or spring 2012 semesters and a current UT tenure/tenure-track, tenure-eligible, non-tenure-eligible, lecturer, part-time or visiting faculty member.

Only students who are enrolled may submit nominations.

The first Student Impact Awards were granted last fall, with 25 faculty members recognized.

“Although the Office of the President provides the funding for the Student Impact Awards, students provide the leadership,” said Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace, vice president for the student experience. “They create the nomination process and are solely responsible for selecting the winners. We hope this exemplifies UT’s continuous journey toward a truly student-centered campus.”

For more information, contact Dykyj at

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