BU couldn’t function without the army of 10,000 student employees who help staff virtually every department on campus, from Dining Services to the Occupational Health Center. Four were celebrated at the annual Student Employee of the Year award ceremony, held at the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering. Student supervisors were also honored.
“We rely on our student employees to help keep the University running smoothly,” student employment services manager Colleen Courtney told the audience. “We know that students who work while attending school graduate at higher rates. There are many reasons for this, but one that we can see is the personal support they receive from their supervisors and peers. So today we want to celebrate the students and supervisors who are creating a stronger, more robust community every day.”
Anna Saucier (CAS’18, SAR’18) was named Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year, and Lauren O’Malley (LAW’18) Graduate Student Employee of the Year. Each received $300 and a plaque. Maya Marshall (CGS’16, COM’18) took home the Undergraduate Outstanding Service Award and Mia Trentadue (Sargent’17, SPH’18) the Graduate Outstanding Service Award. Both awards came with a $100 and a plaque.
To be considered for an award, student workers must be nominated by their supervisors, who write a letter describing the student’s job responsibilities and accomplishments and traits like reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and creativeness.
The Student Employment office selects the top nominations and a panel of judges from various BU departments chooses the Graduate and Undergraduate Student Employees of the Year, whose names are then submitted to the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators to be considered for state, regional, and national awards. The judges also choose the Undergraduate and Graduate Outstanding Service Award winners.