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Student Awards

Student Award Recipients, 2017

Each year, faculty, field educators, field liaisons and students of the UB School of Social Work may make nominations for students to receive scholarships and awards based on outstanding academic achievement, contributions made in field work, professional potential, etc.

The School of Social Work Committee on Students (COS) is charged with administrative responsibility for overseeing awards made to students and conferred by the school.

Awards and Nominations

The 2017 UB School of Social Work Award nomination process is now CLOSED.

 

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Kristopher L. Braselton Memorial Award

This award is presented to a graduating MSW student who has demonstrated a) academic persistence and determination, b) the ability to overcome a personal difficulty or challenge, and c) intends to pursue a career in the health and/or mental health and disabilities field. This award was established by the Braselton family to honor the memory of their son Kristopher L. Braselton. Nominations can only be made by faculty.

Niles Carpenter Award

This award is presented to an MSW student within the foundation curriculum who has demonstrated a) financial need, b) outstanding grade point average, c) strong field performance, and d) shows potential for professional achievement. This scholarship is named after the first Dean of the School of Social Work. Nominations can only be made by faculty.

Louisa Cielen Award

This award is presented to a graduating MSW student who a) has demonstrated academic excellence, with a preference given to students committing in the field of health. This award was established in 1988 by Emil. J. Cielen. Nominations can only be made by faculty.

Haseltine T. Clements Memorial Award

This award is presented to a graduating MSW student who has demonstrated a) concern for human dignity and b) continued efforts towards cultural competency in field placement. This award is sponsored by the Haseltine T. Clements Society. Nominations can only be made by faculty, field educators, and field liaisons.

DREAM Award

This award is presented to a School of Social Work student volunteer involved in the DREAM (Developing Relationships through Empowerment, Advocacy & Motivation) Program. The award recognizes a student who has demonstrated a commitment to volunteer in the community, has exhibited an ability to work as a member of a team, has an interest and aptitude for community action, has concern for human dignity, and has demonstrated the respect for the dignity of all. Nominations can only be made by faculty.

Terese M. Eusanio Memorial Scholarship

This award is presented to a part-time MSW student who embodies the qualities the late Terese Eusanio exemplified. The student must demonstrate interest in the areas of women's health and community-building and possess a feminist world view. The student must also a) maintain high academic standards and b) social work ethics, c) demonstrate respect for the dignity of all and d) an ability to work as a member of a team, e) possess an interest and aptitude for community action, and f) work towards social and political change. Nominations can only be made by faculty.

Dena P. Gold Memorial Award

This award is presented to an MSW student who demonstrates a) commitment to working with women, children or families, b) outstanding academic study, and c) contributes to the profession through their fieldwork, research project or voluntary activities. This award was established by friends and family of Dena P. Gold in memory of her contribution to the field of social work in Western New York. Nominations can be made by faculty, field educators, field liaisons, and fellow students.

Andrew J. Laughlin Memorial Award

This award** is presented to a graduating MSW student who demonstrates a) exemplary character, b) gives back to the community, c) is recognized for their sense of humor, strength, compassion and honesty, and d) models the values of the social work profession. This award was established to honor Andrew J. Laughlin, and outstanding young man who made significant contributions in the community through his volunteer work and a model of the values of the social work profession. Nominations can be made by faculty, field educators, field liaisons, and fellow students.

** In conjunction with this nomination, nominated students must submit an essay describing how they exemplify the character traits of Andrew. Please communicate this component with your nominee.

Bertha S. Laury Thorn and Rose Award

This award is presented to an MSW student who demonstrates a) academic progress, and b) transformation into a positive role model. This award was established by faculty, alumni, and community leaders in honor of Bertha S. Laury, Emeritus Associate Dean for Community Affairs. Nominations can be made by faculty, field educators, field liaisons, and fellow students.

Dorothy Lynn Honorary Award

This award is presented to a foundation year MSW student who has demonstrated consistent outstanding performance in class and field during the foundation year. This award was established to honor Professor Emeritus Dorothy L Lynn, a pioneer in professional social work education and a dedicated and dynamic teacher in the School of Social Work for twenty-nine years. Nominations can be made by faculty, field educators, field liaisons, and fellow students.

NASW Award *Nominations due by January 31, 2017*

The Western Division of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) established this award to be given to a Masters level student who has demonstrated academic excellence and personifies the values of the Social Work as defined by the NASW Professional Code of Ethics. This award is given by the nominated student's school in recognition of the affiliation with NASW, Western Division. Nominations can only be made by faculty.

Mary O'Donnell Memorial Scholarship Award

This award is presented to a graduating School of Social Work student who has demonstrated a) a commitment to social work practice with older adults living with dementia b) academic excellence, c) leadership, and d) field placement and/or community service. This award was established by Mary Kaplan, in honor of her mother. Nominations can be made by faculty, field educators, and field liaisons.

School of Social Work Alumni Association Award

This award is presented to a foundation year MSW student who has completed the foundation curriculum and who demonstrates practice skills, relationship building with clients, and a commitment to the social work profession in the field education experience. This award was established by the School of Social Work Alumni Association. Nominations can only be made by faculty, field supervisors, and field liaisons.

Julian Sojda Memorial Award

This award is presented to a graduating MSW student who has demonstrated an extraordinary contribution to addictions practice, addicted trauma survivors, and/or people with coexisting psychiatric disorders. This award was established in memory of Julian Sojda, by his family, friends and colleagues.  Julian was a 1994 MSW graduate of the UB School of Social Work and an adjunct faculty member. He was also in private practice in the Western New York community. Nominations can be made by faculty, field educators, field liaisons, and fellow students.

Outstanding Student Award

This award is presented to a graduating MSW student who has demonstrated a) academic excellence, b) leadership abilities within the school, community, or university, and c) a commitment to the social work profession through his/her role as a student, colleague or member of a community. Nominations can only be made by faculty.

Archie W. Swanson Honorary Award

This award is presented to a graduating MSW student who demonstrated the following qualities in fieldwork practice: a) professional integrity, b) creativity, c) respect for the dignity of people, d) warmth, and e) keen sensitivity. This award was established to honor Archie W. Swanson, former Executive Secretary of Family Service Society who represented and upheld these ideals and endeavored to build and strengthen family life through professionally trained staff and high agency standards. Nominations can only be made by faculty, field educators, and field liaisons.

Louis H. Swartz Memorial Award

This award is presented to a JD/MSW student, preference given to graduating students, who has embraced this interdisciplinary study by demonstrating a commitment and dedication to the ideals of social justice, and by promoting awareness about oppression, issues of diversity, equality of opportunity, and social change efforts. This award was established by family and friends to pay tribute to Louis H. Swartz’s work and values. Professor Swartz taught at UB for over 40 years in the schools of law and social work. He established the first JD/MSW program in the U.S. and personified the ideals of social justice through his work and advocacy. Nominations can only be made by faculty, field educators, and field liaisons.

Rose Weinstein Scholar Award

This award is presented to a graduating MSW Student who successfully completed the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) and who has demonstrated a) academic excellence, b) a commitment to social work practice with older adults, c) leadership, and d) community service. This award was established by the UB Emeritus Center in honor of Rose Weinstein’s legacy. Nominations can only be made by faculty, field educators, and field liaisons.

Deborah Zimmerman Award

This award is presented to an outstanding MSW Student who has demonstrated passion and commitment to social work practice with older adults and who embodies the qualities the late Deborah Zimmerman. Deborah was a graduate of the UB School of Social Work (UBSSW) in 1989 and a social worker for the Amherst Senior Center for over 10 years; in addition, she was a field educator and worked individually with nearly 30 MSW interns. This award will honor her memory as an outstanding teacher and social worker who made significant contributions in the community through her work with the elderly.  Nominations can be made by faculty, field educators, and fellow students.