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Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Nominations for the 2022 ceremony are now closed! 

Sign into BearcatLink, using your Northwest username and password, before completing a nomination form. There is no limit on the number of nominations an individual may submit. The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, unless indicated.

B.D. Owens Library

Undergraduate Library Research Awards

This award is designed to encourage critical thinking and reward undergraduate students for research excellence. Papers are judged by a panel of librarians based on the application of scholarly information sources to the topic; the demonstration of skillful incorporation of source content to support the paper's purpose; and a responsible use of information by providing complete and accurate citations.

A gift certificate will be awarded to authors of the top three papers:

First place $150
Second place $100
Third place $50

For more information, contact libga@nwmissouri.edu

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022


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Student Employment

Student Employee of the Year

All student employment supervisors will have the opportunity to submit a nomination for Northwest Outstanding Student Employee of the Year. All undergraduate Northwest student employees are eligible. There is no restriction on the length of employment for the student employee. 

The nomination will consist of a completed nomination form and a formal letter of nomination completed by the nominator. Nominations will be evaluated on their contributions to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Competencies for Career Readiness, as well as, overall commitment to their employment opportunity. 

The information you provide may be shared with the public through press releases and other promotional opportunities.


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Student Employment Supervisor of the Year

Student employees or colleagues may nominate supervisors who work with student employees whom they feel warrant particular recognition for their performance on the job. The Northwest Outstanding Student Employment Supervisor of the Year Award Program begins at the institutional level and moves on to regional recognition. In order to be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be a full time or part time staff/faculty employee of Northwest.

The nomination will consist of a completed nomination form and a formal letter of nomination completed by the nominator. Nominations will be evaluated on the following characteristics: mentoring, professionalism and leadership provided to the student employee.

The information you provide may be shared with the public through press releases and other promotional opportunities.


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Student Employment Team of the Year

All student employment supervisors will have the opportunity to submit a nomination for Northwest Outstanding Team of the Year. In order to be eligible for consideration, the team members must be student employees, along with interns and graduate assistants, working together within the same department.

The nomination will consist of a completed nomination form and a formal letter of nomination completed by the nominator. Nominations will be evaluated on their contributions to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Competencies for Career Readiness, as well as, overall commitment to their employment opportunity. 

The information you provide may be shared with the public through press releases and other promotional opportunities.


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Graduate Office

Graduate Assistant of the Year

Supervisors may nominate graduate assistants whom they feel warrant particular recognition for their performance on the job. To be eligible for consideration, graduate assistants must have worked a minimum of four months part-time, during the selection period which is from June 2021 through May 2022. 

To nominate your Graduate Assistant:

  • Complete the electronic nomination form below and submit electronically.
  • Nominations will be judged on the following characteristics: reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of the student’s contribution to the employer.  By including information and examples about the following areas:
    • The nominee’s greatest attributes, as they relate to the job
    • How the nominee has gone above and beyond the standard work expectations.
    • The quality of the nominee’s work and work style.
    • The nominee’s leadership skills, initiative and motivation.
    • The impact the nominee has had on your department, campus and community.
    • The qualities of the nominee that set him/her apart from other graduate assistants.

The information you provide may be shared with the public through press releases and other promotional opportunities


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Office of Student Involvement

Commitment to Community Leadership

This award is given to a student organization that best exemplifies servant leadership in community service based on the following criteria:

  • benefit to the community taking into consideration contact hours, monetary contribution, and overall impact
  • benefit to organization members taking into consideration the number of participants and level of self-commitment

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Commitment to Sustainability Leadership

This award is given to a student organization based on the following criteria:

  • outstanding contribution and leadership in supporting sustainability at Northwest
  • promotes sustainability through research or other student-initiated projects
  • leadership in a project or organizations that has made a significant contribution to environmental protection

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Outstanding Advisor of the Year

The purpose of the Outstanding Organizational Advisor Award is to recognize the outstanding service and contributions to student organizations by advisors based on the following criteria:

  • goes above and beyond the call of duty
  • provides guidance, leadership and personal development to members
  • supports the organization in activities and events
  • promotes student success, scholarship and life-long learning

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Outstanding New Organization of the Year

This award is given to a new student organization (must exist for less than or equal to 2 years) that displays outstanding effort in all areas based on the following criteria:

  • contributions to the University and community
  • development of its members
  • organizational collaboration

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Outstanding Student Organization of the Year

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

  • contributions to the University and community
  • development of its members
  • organizational collaboration

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Outstanding Student Organization President of the Year

This award recognizes an organization President who has shown exceptional leadership based on the following criteria:

  • executive board officers’ training
  • leadership style and motivation techniques
  • campus citizenship
  • demonstrates financial responsibility

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Outstanding Program of the Year

This award is given to a registered student organization for the most outstanding program based on the following criteria:

  • team initiative and enterprise
  • enhancement of the campus/community environment
  • achievement of goals through collaboration

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Outstanding Student of the Year

This award is given to a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior and recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence based on the following criteria:

  • academics, community service, work experience and school spirit
  • awards and achievement
  • leadership at Northwest

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Student Success Center

First Generation Student Achievement Award

This award is given annually to honor an outstanding first-generation student at Northwest.

A first-generation student is someone whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) did not graduate from a four-year college or university.

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Commitment to Student Success Award: Staff

This award is given annually to honor one staff member who has gone above and beyond normal job requirements to contribute to the success of a student or group of students at Northwest.

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Commitment to Student Success Award: Faculty

This award is given annually to honor one faculty member who has gone above and beyond normal job requirements to contribute to the success of a student or group of students at Northwest.

Self-nominations are encouraged.


submit a nomination

Commitment to Student Success Award: Student

This award is given annually to honor one student who has made a significant impact on student success at Northwest. 

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Office of Human Resources

Student Impact Award: Faculty

The Student Impact Award is given to honor outstanding Northwest employees.

Awards are given to one faculty member based on exceptional commitment to the mission of Northwest: Focusing on Student Success - every student, every day.

Your nominee will be rated based only on the details provided on the nomination form, so please be as detailed as possible in your responses. If the person you would like to nominate is a student or graduate assistant, please refer to the Student Employment awards and Graduate Office award categories above to nominate those individuals.


submit a nomination

Student Impact Award: Staff

The Student Impact Award is given to honor outstanding Northwest employees.

Awards are given to one staff member based on exceptional commitment to the mission of Northwest: Focusing on Student Success - every student, every day.

Your nominee will be rated based only on the details provided on the nomination form, so please be as detailed as possible in your responses. If the person you would like to nominate is a student or graduate assistant, please refer to the Student Employment awards and Graduate Office award categories above to nominate those individuals.


submit a nomination

Office of International Involvement Center

Outstanding International Student Award

This award is given to a non-immigrant student leader who has significantly contributed to the internationalization and unity efforts at Northwest based on the following criteria:

  • Support of and participation in international programs and events
  • Promotion of intercultural competence
  • Foster a commitment to diversity and inclusion

Self-nominations are encouraged.


submit a nomination

Student Senate

Tower Service Award: Student

The Tower Service Award is the highest honor that Northwest can bestow on its students and employees. The Student Senate established the Tower Service Award in 1987 and is presented to individuals, advisors, and teams who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the University and its mission. Recipients are selected based on their continuing accomplishments and service to the Northwest community.

Self-nominations are encouraged.


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Tower Service Award: Student Organization

The Tower Service Award is the highest honor that Northwest can bestow on its students and employees. The Student Senate established the Tower Service Award in 1987 and is presented to individuals, advisors, and teams who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the University and its mission. Recipients are selected based on their continuing accomplishments and service to the Northwest community.

Self-nominations are encouraged.


submit a nomination

Tower Service Award: Team

The Tower Service Award is the highest honor that Northwest can bestow on its students and employees. The Student Senate established the Tower Service Award in 1987 and is presented to individuals, advisors, and teams who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the University and its mission. Recipients are selected based on their continuing accomplishments and service to the Northwest community.

Self-nominations are encouraged.


submit a nomination

Tower Service Award: Faculty

The Tower Service Award is the highest honor that Northwest can bestow on its students and employees. The Student Senate established the Tower Service Award in 1987 and is presented to individuals, advisors, and teams who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the University and its mission. Recipients are selected based on their continuing accomplishments and service to the Northwest community.

Self-nominations are encouraged.


submit a nomination

Tower Service Award: Staff

The Tower Service Award is the highest honor that Northwest can bestow on its students and employees. The Student Senate established the Tower Service Award in 1987 and is presented to individuals, advisors, and teams who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the University and its mission. Recipients are selected based on their continuing accomplishments and service to the Northwest community.

Self-nominations are encouraged.


submit a nomination