AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
"The new growth in the plant swelling against the sheath, which at the same time imprisons and protects it, must still be the truest type of progress."
SLDVS coordinates several annual awards and honors for UIC students. Whether based on campus or beyond, UIC celebrates the achievement of its many students leaders in a variety of ways, and SLDVS is proud to help recognize outstanding student “learning through leadership” each year.
One highlight of the academic year is the annual Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards (CSSLA) program. Since 1973, the CSSLA program has recognized outstanding student leaders and student volunteers who, while maintaining high academic achievement, demonstrate a commitment to the UIC community through participation in student organizations and campus activities and throughout the greater Chicagoland area through active service and community engagement.
Students may be nominated for the following awards, presented each year at the CSSLA program:
- The Chancellor’s Student Service Award (CSSA)
- The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award
- The Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award
- Campus Programs Annual Awards
- Induction into the Activities Honorary Society
THE MAURICE PRIZE
The Maurice Prize Competition is intended to foster innovation, creativity, originality, ingenuity, and resourcefulness among undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). This is an annual competition for a prize of $5,000, for which all undergraduates at UIC are eligible to compete, using their own creativity and innovation in solving a problem of importance to them, therefore deepening their breadth of knowledge about themselves and their abilities.
In selecting a project of their own desire, it is the intent of The Maurice Prize that student competitors will experience an additional educational benefit outside of their standard academic coursework. Additionally, students will plan and execute a strategy to address their chosen issues while applying their own knowledge, creative use of resources, and the ability to work with others to find solutions.
Competitors may be either individuals or teams of students, but all must be currently enrolled undergraduate students at UIC. Faculty and staff may serve only as resources and may not participate in the Competition. Projects are of the students' own choosing and may include any endeavors or activities in which they are interested. However, while projects may be related to students' areas of study, they shall be extra-curricular and shall not be subject to direction and/or evaluation for credit towards fulfillment of degree requirements. This structure applies to independent studies as well as to formal classes. No class projects or papers are eligible to win this prize.
Individuals and teams may enter the Competition more than once if what they learned during an earlier Competition lets them develop their projects further. However, once a student has won The Maurice Prize, she/he shall not be eligible to enter the Competition again in future years.
The annual Competition is announced in late Fall semester, and prospective applicants are asked to submit a statement of intent to participate, which is reviewed by an Evaluation Committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff. If accepted, applicants are asked to use the months of Spring semester to develop their proposed project as fully as possible and to offer a presentation to the Committee on the project's results. The winner(s) of the Competition are announced in early Summer.
The Prize is administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the annual Prize coordination process is supported by SLDVS and the Department of Campus Recreation.