University of Wisconsin–Madison
Providing central coordination for the undergraduate advising and career services communities

Awards

Each year the Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA) presents annual awards to those in the advising and career services community who demonstrate a commitment to improving the undergraduate advising experience on campus. This year, OUA is excited to announce new and updated award opportunities for individuals and groups making significant contributions to the undergraduate advising and career services communities. Award categories have also been added to recognize the dedication of graduate student employees, individuals in the graduate advising and career services community, and those committed to social justice work in advising and career services.

Award winners will be honored at the Career Services and Advising Fall Gathering on September 30 from 9:00-10:00 am. Learn more and register

Advising & Career Services Awards

  • Keystone Award

    Honoring individuals whose work provides crucial support to advising and/or career services and who positively influence students’ and/or other stakeholders’ experiences with campus. These individuals deliver outstanding service and support, often behind-the-scenes, and ensure that operations run smoothly.

    Up to $2000 in professional development funding awarded to recipient.

  • Early Career Excellence Award

    Honoring individuals who have been employed at UW–Madison for fewer than 5 years, but in that time have made distinctive contributions to undergraduate advising and/or career services on our campus. 

    Up to $2000 in professional development funding awarded to recipient.

  • Outstanding Achievement Award

    Honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to UW-Madison undergraduate advising and/or career services, with emphasis on direct student, employer, and/or alumni impact. Eligible candidates must have been employed at UW–Madison for a minimum of 5 years. 

    Up to $2000 in professional development funding awarded to recipient.

  • Community Leadership Award

    Honoring individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the advising and/or career services community, regardless of role. Leadership, management, coordination of people, projects, committees, and initiatives will all be considered. 

    Up to $2000 in professional development funding awarded to recipient.

  • Commitment to Social Justice Award

    This award recognizes an individual, group, or unit that has shown a commitment to social justice work in advising and/or career services through education, policies and practices, advocacy, or programming to create more equitable experiences for students and/or colleagues. 

    Up to $2000 in professional development funding awarded to the recipient, group, or unit.

  • Collaborative Impact Award

    Honoring partnerships (of two or more people) who made a significant and impactful contribution to their unit(s), department(s), school(s) or college(s), and/or campus through their collaborative work. This award recognizes the importance of cooperative effort in creating and executing meaningful programs and events, process improvements, and/or marketing and promotion. The collaboration between these individuals or teams results in a better experience for students, colleagues, and/or external stakeholder(s). 

    Up to $2000 in professional development funding awarded to the recipient, group, or unit.

  • Outstanding Student Employee Award

    Honoring student employees (undergraduate or graduate) who have a record of excellence in their work within academic and/or career services units at UW-Madison. Winner(s) will receive $250.

Graduate School Awards - Sponsored by the Graduate School

  • Excellence in Graduate Academic Services and Advising

    This award recognizes individuals who support the academic, research, and scholarly success of master’s and doctoral students at UW–Madison through their work across the graduate lifecycle and positively influence students’ and/or other stakeholders’ experiences with campus. These individuals deliver outstanding service and support which may include advising graduate students on admissions procedures, academic policies, coursework selection, milestone achievement, degree attainment, and more. 

    Up to $2000 in professional development funding awarded to the recipient.

  • Excellence in Graduate Career Advising and Professional Development

    This award recognizes individuals who support the career and professional success of master’s and doctoral students at UW–Madison. This work may encompass helping graduate students discover career path options; exploring skills, values, and interests; facilitating connections with alumni and others; preparing graduate students for the job application process; referring to resources; and more. 

    Up to $2000 in professional development funding awarded to the recipient.

2020 Award Recipients

Learn more about the 2020 Advising & Career Services Award winners

Keystone Award

Janine Yeh, L&S SuccessWorks

Early Career Excellence Award

Amy Betzelberger, College of Agricultural and Life Science, Biochemistry and Microbiology

Early Career Excellence Award

Maria Hartwig, College of Letters & Science, Department of Psychology

Outstanding Achievement Award

Chou Yee Her, College of Letters and Science, Center for Academic Excellence

Outstanding Achievement Award

LJamie Macias, Wisconsin School of Business Career and Employer Engagement

Community Leadership Award

Alicia Hazen, School of Human Ecology

Collaborative Impact Award

Alexis Steinbach, Center for Pre-Health Advising

Kendra Gurnee, Pharmacology and Toxicology Major

Outstanding Student Employee Award

Alondra Avitia, International Studies Major student

Excellence in Graduate Academic Service & Advising

Carmela Diosana, L&S Department of Botany

Excellence in Graduate Career Advising & Professional Development

Julie Rae, College of Engineering, Career Services

Past Recipients

  • 2019

    Career Services Keystone

    • Cindy Johnson, BBA Program Office

    Career Services Stewardship

    • Michael Kruse, L&S SuccessWorks

    Team Impact in Career Services

    • Andrea Lowe, Nate Doolin & Wisconsin Student Alumni Board L&S SuccessWorks

    Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Advising and/or Career Services

    • Valerie Johnson, Psychology

    Excellence in Advising and/or Career Services Community Leadership

    • Liane Kosaki, L&S Advising Services

    Early Career Excellence in Undergraduate Advising and/or Career Services

    • Anthony Wright, BBA Program Office

    • Molly Donnellan, International Studies

    Excellence in Peer Advising

    • David Duszynski, L&S Academic Advising Services

    • Gylf Forsberg, College of Engineering

  • 2018

    Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Advising

    • Rachelle Eilers, Chican@ and Latin@ Studies

    Excellence in Advising Community Leadership

    • Diana Maki, Cross-College Advising Service

    Early Career Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    • Alex Mok, Cross-College Advising Service

    Excellence in Peer Advising

    • Kyle Martinez, L&S Academic Advising Services
    • Olivia Saleh, Cross-College Advising Service
  • 2017

    Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Advising

    • Scott Burkhardt, History Advisor
    • Kelley Harris, Biology Major Advisor

    Early Career Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    • Nikki Lemmon, Department of Computer Science
    • Tara Milliken, Wisconsin BBA Program
  • 2016

    Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Advising

    • Karen Thompson, Spanish & Portuguese
    • Sara Rodock, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Departmental Advisor

    Early Career Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    • Lindsey DeCarlo, Center for Pre-Health Advising
    • Lauren Szafranski, Center for Academic Excellence

    Excellence in Peer Advising

    • Brittany Hobbs, L&S SOAR Peer Advisor
    • Emmeline Prattke, International Academic Programs
  • 2015

    Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Advising

    • Katie Paar, SoHE Student Academic Affairs
    • Abike Sanyaolu, Center for Academic Excellence, L&S
    • Mary Smith, Biology Major

    Early Career Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    • Teddy Kaul, Art History
    • Dija Selimi, Center for Pre-Health Advising

    Excellence in Peer Advising

    • Katherine Matusinec, Cross-College Advising Service
  • 2014

    Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Advising

    • Linda McCarroll-Stamm, Center for Academic Excellence
    • Mary Weever-Klees, Athletic Academic Services

    Early Career Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    • Susan Nelson, Center for Pre-Health Advising

    Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    • Professor Sigurd Angenent, Department of Mathematics

    Excellence in Peer Advising

    • Taylor Stunkel, Cross-College Advising Service & School of Nursing
  • 2013

    Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Advising

    • Julie Ganser, Department of Art

    Early Career Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    • Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, College of Letters & Science Honors Program
    • John Puccinelli, Biomedical Engineering

    Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

    • Professor Jeri Barak, Plant Pathology

    Excellence in Peer Advising

    • Colin Rohm, Cross-College Advising Service