2021 Bucky Awards Winners

Information about Bucky Awards Ceremony 2022 coming soon. Stay tuned!

We would like to thank everyone who applied for a Bucky Award this year! The applicant pool was incredible and everyone was deserving of great honor. The Madison community is lucky to have so many talented and motivated individuals and organizations striving to make a positive impact here at UW-Madison. Below are the winners of all of these amazing awards. Each winner has worked to better those in the community through deliberate and intentional actions, and we would like to formally recognize all of these wonderful contributions made to the UW-Madison campus and community.

★ Individual Awards ★

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Best Advisor: Nikeya Bramlett

Winner Note:

I am humbled that my chapter nominated me for this award. I began this difficult academic year with the intent to spread positivity and knowledge with the chapter, while also encouraging meaningful conversations. There were times when navigating the operations of a student organization during a pandemic seemed overwhelming for all of us, but I’m, extremely proud of the current chapter members for stepping up to the challenge and completing the year successfully. I am appreciative to know that I have made an impact on chapter members, and I hope to further strengthen my relationships with them.

Sponsor Note:

The Best Advisor Award recognizes an advisor who excels in guiding their students and/or organization to success. They promote social justice and student development while following a strong ethical code. The advisor also strives to positively challenge and support the individual or group to achieve an overall goal or mission statement.

This year’s winner for best adviser exemplifies these characteristics. She acts as a role model, brings deep knowledge and experience to bear,  engages in kind truthful conversation, and, when necessary, offers constructive criticism.  Our winner–as a good adviser must– expertly balances support and accountability.  Our winner has helped students navigate an incredibly challenging time, drawing on her own health science expertise to help students respond responsibly and safely to the pandemic and, as we continue the pursuit of social justice, supported the planning of inclusive events, facilitate conversations about bias and the differential impact of the pandemic, and supported students in engaging with the Madison and Dane County communities.

The student who nominated our winner says simply that “she assists us in becoming examples for our communities.”  

Business Badger Leadership: Trevor Holtz

Winner Note: 

This award is a reminder that my hard work and dedication to bettering the Wisconsin school of business is all worth it. I have often dedicated more of my time and energy to the student organizations I lead than my own academics. Oftentimes social and environmental activist work goes unnoticed, especially in spaces of traditional business. I’m proud to say that my work has made a difference in preparing future business leaders to take on societal problems.

Sponsor Note:

This award recognizes a business student who has demonstrated leadership in a co-curricular project or initiative that resulted in a positive impact on their community. This student exemplifies the values of the Wisconsin School of Business, which include: Relentless innovation, Purposeful action, Empathetic inclusivity, Impactful scholarship, Synergistic collaboration, and Unwavering integrity. In addition, this student has achieved academic excellence and has put the business knowledge they have learned in the classroom into action throughout this project/initiative.

This year’s winner has not only exemplified the values of the Wisconsin School of Business but done so as we have navigated into a whole new world.  Driven by the need for greater social and environmental justice, this student’s initiatives have brought together a variety of stakeholders including over 400 students, 20 Wisconsin School of Business student organizations, as well as faculty and staff, to help positively change the culture within the School of Business and beyond. The lasting impact of this student’s work will place the Wisconsin School of Business as an industry leader as it pushes for greater diversity, equity, and sustainability.

Conservation and Sustainability: CJ Koepp

Winner Note: 

I can’t express how honored I am to be the recipient of this award (or how relieved my dad was to find out the “good trouble” I’ve gotten into through climate activism has led to this recognition rather than another arrest). My work is far from over, but I’m so grateful to have had the chance to work with amazing, inspiring activists on campus and beyond to make a difference for the good of the people and our planet. If we’ve made this much progress as undergrads alone, just think what we’ll be able to do with degrees!

Sponsor Note:

This award recognizes an organization or an individual that has gone above and beyond to better their community in terms of sustainability and conservation.  This student or organization demonstrates that they have had an impact on the Madison campus and community in helping to move toward a more sustainable environment.

This year’s winner is an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to conservation and sustainability in her personal life, her educational pursuits, and her professional endeavors.

As Food Coordinator at her co-op house, our winner helps to provide local, seasonal, and organic foods for her housemates. On-campus, she has served as one of the first chairs for the Wisconsin Student Climate Action Coalition, bringing together various student organizations working on different environmental and social justice issues to collaborate and speak with a unified voice for change.

Serving as 350 Madison’s first-ever intern, she created a program for students to receive course credit while gaining organizational, non-profit, and activist experience. Additionally, as a Science and Policy intern at the Environmental Law and Policy Center, our winner has led a project aimed at providing policy recommendations based on analyses of statewide low-income solar programs.

Global Citizenship: Eden Foster

Sponsor Note:

This award is given to an ambitious student in regards to their international engagement, whether in-person or virtually.  It recognizes a student’s efforts to increase their awareness of global issues through an internship, a class, or a volunteer project. The chosen student will apply skills and values acquired through their international experience to improve themselves as well as their surrounding community.

This year’s recipient has explored her identity as a student here at UW-Madison and as a global citizen through her study abroad and internship experiences. She writes that immersing yourself in a culture different from your own is an experience that will inevitably change you as a person and lead to a more open mind. We appreciated hearing how her experience on the Global Gateway Program in Botswana taught her about African culture, post-colonial effects, and even her own beliefs and prejudices, and inspired her to pursue a certificate in African Studies. After that program, she has repeatedly sought out opportunities to engage internationally, from completing a virtual internship with an organization in Fiji, to applying for a Wisconsin Idea Fellowship.

Individual Leadership: Daniel Sanji

Sponsor Note:

This award honors outstanding student leaders who have made a significant impact on the University of Wisconsin campus and the surrounding community. These students have demonstrated strong leadership skills through outstanding initiative, meaningful involvement, and measurable influence on students, citizens, or programming.

This year, our award goes to an incredibly motivated and talented student who has found himself at the helm of many important and effective leadership roles both within the APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) community on campus, as well as throughout other roles related to diversity and inclusion efforts on campus, and beyond.  

Along with serving an integral role in the Multicultural Student Center, where he coordinated the APIDA heritage month in April 2020, he also led an initiative to create an RSO for Pacific Islander students after it was identified that was lacking on campus. His passion for social justice also spills over into his work in the lab setting. This is a student who has shown extraordinary initiative and involvement on campus.

Most Involved: Tamia Fowlkes

Sponsor Note:

This award is given to an ambitious student in regard to campus involvement. This student is well rounded in their interests, actively involved in multiple organizations and programs on campus. This student applies the different skills acquired in the organizations to better improve themselves, the students on campus, and the surrounding community.

This year’s winner is involved in areas including public service, activism, journalism and communications, civic engagement, and more. They are also actively involved with campus areas including the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Letters and Science, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and many campus and community journals, newspapers, and magazines.

This student wrote in their application that their “passion for leadership has always been rooted in a deeply held desire to inspire, empower, and motivate young people who follow [them] to create meaningful tangible change.” Their work mobilizing and empowering students to vote as the Andrew Goodman Ambassador speaks not only to their own interest in involvement for the sake of broadening their own horizons, but what their involvement can do to better the world around them. Their focus on combating apathy towards politics led to creating the Student Civic Immersion Program bringing policy-focused projects to high schools to spark this interest in a younger generation.

Their civic engagement efforts both on and off campus, paired with their roles as Student Council Representative for L&S, the Outreach Director for The Black Voice, an Undergraduate Representative on the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Diversity and Inclusion Committee and their time spent working three jobs was not without difficulty. Their ownership of being diligent in their communications around their capacity and their “relentless optimism” helped keep them focused, balanced, and committed to this work. 

Setting them up for success, in many ways, is their own engagement with the Wisconsin Experience. They wrote, “Our willingness to connect, reach out, and further understand one another grants us the ability to build worlds that support and enhance the livelihood of a greater body of people, this is what I hope to do through my work.” I’m inspired by their focus on making resources available both to their peers on campus, and to the next generation, to step into their own power and bring about good change. 

Outstanding First-Year Freshman: Rachel Hale

Winner Note: 

In a year where little feels normal, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has provided students with a community of peers, teachers, and organizations to make a big campus feel like home. Being the recipient of the Outstanding First-Year Freshman Award is both an honor and a testament to the resources UW-Madison has on campus, from student publications to religious groups to greek life. I am grateful to have found a home in these organizations as a freshman and am excited to see what my Wisconsin experience will bring in my future time as a badger.

Sponsor Note:

This award goes to a freshman who has shown his or her ability to be a leader on campus and in the surrounding community. This student shows strong interest in furthering their involvement in a student organization, program, or cause and creating a unique mark on the UW community. In addition, this student has taken initiative within their involvement and encompasses important values and ideals of the “Wisconsin Experience”.

We chose Rachel Hale because she became quickly involved on campus as a freshman. She quickly connected with Hillel and began studying her religious background in Judaism through Hillel and other academic resources on campus as well as in the local community. She is also involved in Greek life, writing for the Badger Herald and Moda Magazine, and is working on a policy project around education that prevents antisemitism. 

The presidential election of last year gave her the opportunity to speak with students who had very different views than she did and she learned the importance of empathy and humility during this time. Experiencing having COVID-19 and getting to know her roommate better as she chose to remain on campus during that time was also a way Rachel learned flexible purposeful action. 

In addition to the involvement, Rachel spoke to the Wisconsin Experience very specifically, and explained using the “Whole New World” theme that  “Instead of letting the fear of COVID-19 determine my year, I have embraced uncertainty to take control of my own future.” 

Outstanding Transfer Student: Amy Perez

Winner Note:

Winning this award was a beautiful surprise. Transfer students make so many sacrifices to become students at UW-Madison and it feels good to be recognized. This award gives visibility to transfer students like me and made me feel like I belong here, like my voice and my struggle matter. Thank you so much!

Sponsor Note:

This award honors outstanding student leaders who have made a significant impact on the University of Wisconsin campus and the surrounding community as a transfer student. This student has demonstrated his or her leadership through creating a unique mark on the UW community and successfully handling his or her transition onto campus through meaningful campus involvement. In addition, this student has taken initiative within their involvement and encompasses important values and ideals of the “Wisconsin Experience.”

We chose Amy Perez for the outstanding transfer award because in the award application, Amy’s answers were broad and focused not just on her own accomplishments, but on how her actions benefited others, especially students and people of color.  She has a focus on healthcare and is a nursing major, so many of her answers focused on healthcare disparities, barriers to accessing healthcare, and so on. 

We also appreciate Amy sharing about the importance of mental health and the challenges she endured when she lost her health insurance because she had to quit her job when starting classes at UW-Madison. Like many transfer students, she paid a price to come and complete her education here, and we are so grateful she is here to share her experiences with us. 

Outstanding Senior: Kari Fischer

Winner Note:

Winning the Bucky Award for Outstanding Senior for me first makes me reflect on the outstanding students, staff, and mentors I have been able to learn from over the past 4 years at UW-Madison. From Donald Dismuke in the Sett Pub to Sydney Scott in Mark Pocan’s Washington D.C. office to Lily Miller and Pradyumna Rao in the Wisconsin Union Directorate, I have been so privileged to be surrounded by motivated individuals looking to create community and change within their respective areas. Receiving this award makes me appreciate them and everyone I have grown from even more than I already had and to cherish the unique connections I have made during my college career. This award also continues to motivate me in my career goals of entering education or a public service position. This gives me confidence that I have the ability to create impact on my community and that gives me a feeling of happiness that I hope to continually strive for in my future studies and career goals. Within this, I also recognize that I have had certain privileges that have helped me to have these leadership experiences that perhaps others do not share. Recognizing this motivates me to continue advocating for equitable access to academic and experiential educational experiences

Sponsor Note:

This award goes to a senior who has shown his or her ability to be a leader on campus and in the surrounding community. In addition, this student has shown growth and made a significant contribution to the campus community by making the most of their “Wisconsin Experience.” The students that receive the Outstanding Senior Award are those students that have been actively involved in the UW-Madison campus and community, those that are dedicated to its community, and those who associate strongly with the university.

This year’s award goes to a student who has shown purposeful action throughout their years here at UW-Madison. This student has served with the Wisconsin Union Directorate as the Director of the Distinguished Lecture Series and the Vice President of Internal Relations where she brought guests to campus who spoke about social, political and economic issues and how to become a part of the solution. In addition, she supported the stewardship of social education programming such as RiseUp, a week unpacking racial discriminatory policies and practices that occur in Wisconsin and nationwide. I am proud to present this award to an individual who has dedicated her undergraduate career to causes greater than self and who plans to further her impact as a global citizen.

★ Graduate Awards ★

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Graduate Peer Mentor: Annaliese Grant

Sponsor Note:

The Graduate Student Peer Mentor Awards recognize graduate students who exhibit stellar mentorship qualities. These graduate students are selected based on their ability to mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students, on or off-campus.

This winner exemplified leadership in mentoring and has shown great passion and genuine care in fostering a mentorship relationship. They have showcased their value and approaches in mentoring and their continued interest to grow. Each nominee was reviewed on the basis of their motivation to mentor, their personal values in a mentorship relationship, their approach, and strategies to mentoring, their mentorship style, and other intriguing mentorship experiences.   

Graduate Peer Mentor: Ariel Borns

Sponsor Note:

The Graduate Student Peer Mentor Awards recognize graduate students who exhibit stellar mentorship qualities. These graduate students are selected based on their ability to mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students, on or off-campus.

This winner exemplified leadership in mentoring and has shown great passion and genuine care in fostering a mentorship relationship. They have showcased their value and approaches in mentoring and their continued interest to grow. Each nominee was reviewed on the bases of their motivation to mentor, their personal values in a mentorship relationship, their approach and strategies to mentoring, their mentorship style, and other intriguing mentorship experiences.   

Graduate Peer Mentor: Taylor Lee Watterson

Sponsor Note:

The Graduate Student Peer Mentor Awards recognize graduate students who exhibit stellar mentorship qualities. These graduate students are selected based on their ability to mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students, on or off-campus.

This winner exemplified leadership in mentoring and has shown great passion and genuine care in fostering a mentorship relationship. They have showcased their value and approaches in mentoring and their continued interest to grow. Each nominee was reviewed on the bases of their motivation to mentor, their personal values in a mentorship relationship, their approach and strategies to mentoring, their mentorship style, and other intriguing mentorship experiences.   

★ Organization Awards ★

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Best New Student Organization: Advocates for Immigrants' Rights

Winner Note:

This award is a recognition of our hard work, but most importantly this is an award for our community. Immigrant communities are often invisible especially in higher education, so we are grateful to see our communities and members being highlighted.

Sponsor Note:

This award is given to a student organization that was founded within the last three academic years. They are awarded for their member participation, the successes they have had, and the unique contributions they bring to campus and the surrounding community. In addition, this organization has a plan for continued growth and achievement in future years and wants to continue to be a successful organization on campus.

The winning organization established themselves for the purpose of representing the interests of students advocating for immigrants’ rights; encouraging communication between students and the greater community; assisting in the retention of students interested in immigrants’ rights; promoting student unity, and pursuing justice for the legal rights, concerns, and issues affecting immigrant communities. The focus is centered around four pillars that this organization believes all students must possess to be effective community leaders: networking, mentorship, community outreach, and education. This organization provides resources and information that students can use to advocate on campus. They are a law-related society that is BIPOC focused and accessible to all students.

The winning organization hosted a short film which follows the life of Lizbeth Mateo as she supports an undocumented client while being undocumented herself. After the film screening, Lizbeth Mateo was available for an interview with the attendees. This high attendance event was both educational and inspirational! Attracting students, staff, & faculty; had a positive widespread impact on UW’s Campus. With goals to create more member & community mentorship and to continue educating students and the community about issues facing immigrant populations, this organization hopes to continue making an impact. After electing a new administration, this group’s goal is to use this new perspective to strengthen advocacy and to create education. They are using their leadership skills to incorporate and welcome different viewpoints  while continuing their mission of advocating for immigrants’ rights in “A Whole New World.”  

Creating Inclusive Community: Alpha Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Chi

Winner Note:

Being awarded the ‘Creating Inclusive Community’ award is extremely significant to us because it is a reflection of what it is we try to accomplish as an organization. We are constantly looking for innovative ways to not only bring positive change to the UW-Madison campus, but to the greater Madison community as well. This is achieved by working closely with our local and national philanthropies and establishing meaningful and active relationships with leaders within our community. By upholding all of our values, our members are committed to providing service opportunities and educational events to make an impactful difference in the communities we belong to.

Sponsor Note:

This award recognizes an individual or student organization that makes a strong and lasting impact on the Madison campus and community by creating spaces, events, or opportunities for a more inclusive community through intentional initiatives.

Kappa Delta Chi sorority promotes traditional values of Unity, Honesty, Integrity, and Leadership, and even though the pandemic made it difficult to create community, this organization took it upon themselves to not only strive to build community in a virtual setting, but also take the opportunity to be more inclusive of various identities including a highly attended program called Life as a Latinx Drag Queen. Through virtual programming, they were also able to connect with alumni in areas outside of Madison and build community and connections within their organization. 

Dean's Award of Excellence: Alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc.

Sponsor Note:

This award is presented to a student organization that excels in three pillars: Wisconsin Experience, Discovery, and Innovation. The Wisconsin Experience revolves around the idea that together we create and apply to learn inside and outside of the classroom to make the world a better place. Therefore, this organization actively works to incorporate effective program planning, innovation, leadership service, valued membership, and social justice into their mission and the events and programs they host each year.

This year alpha Kappa Delta Phi collaborated with organizations to host events that focused on creating a positive campus community for Asian Americans. From hosting a Mid-Autumn Festival celebration called “Light the Night” to focusing on initiatives focused on mental health, sexual assault prevention, and voter engagement, alpha Kappa Delta Phi has made significant contributions to the campus community.  

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi created a Sexual Violence Taskforce committee to help prioritize this issue within their sorority and throughout this year they led 3 internal dialogues within the chapter, shared resources to the community, and partnered up with the Rape Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) to have every member be trained on sexual violence prevention.

They partnered with Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), a nonpartisan organization that aims to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in civic participation, in order to bring awareness within the APIDA community about voting rights and rules. They collaborated with the Hmong American Student Association to create virtual voter registration booths and teamed up with the Asian American Student Union to create social media content focused on where students can vote in Madison and how to safely vote in this election.

Excellence in Post-Graduate Preparation: Association of Women in Agriculture

Winner Note:

Receiving this Bucky Award showcases the hard work and dedication that we do for our members in order to prepare them for life after graduation. We spend a lot of time working on professional development and providing various opportunities for our members, so it means a lot for us to receive this award.

Sponsor Note:

This award recognizes a student organization that excels in preparing its members for the future. Whether it is through networking sessions with members of the field, job fairs, or internships, this organization greatly values providing its members with outstanding employment and co-curricular opportunities that will allow them to succeed in the post-graduate world.

AWA’s three pillars are service, social and professionalism. With the ever changing world this past year, they excelled in creating a variety of accessible opportunities for their members to obtain experience to prepare them for life after college. Through bi-monthly meetings, bi-weely emails, or group chats, the 15 officers shared resources for their members to connect and stay engaged in the time of COVID. Past alumni joined their meetings to share their experiences and the value of post-graduate preparation. Along with meetings, they also held 1:1  mentorship programs and a Real-World Seminar Series “RWSS ” to which brought in industry professionals to share professional skills and accelerate networking connections for members. Preparing students includes delivering opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to secure a solid first step out of undergraduate.

The theme this year was “A Whole New World.” In their application, the AWA stated “We pivoted successfully at the end of the spring 2020 to fully online events. Our largest professionalism event, AWA day, held with alumni embraced the theme of providing education and networking in a new world”. This past year AWA moved past providing one directional training opportunity for its members to create interactive virtual experiences that encompassed their three pillars. AWA fulfilled its professionalism pillar by creating a program that included resume workshops, group interviews, and individual interviews. Their social pillar was fulfilled by including activities like a movie night, workouts, and crafting to create a more holistic experience. Lastly, AWA fulfilled its service pillar by setting goals to create (and participate in) more diverse and inclusive programs. Some opportunities included a diversity and inclusion workshop with the Multicultural Center, Minority in Agriculture seminar series, and a book discussion. It is within learning opportunities like these that the future of our workforce can positively be impacted to ensure that we create a world where everyone can belong, flourish and thrive. 

Health and Wellbeing: Ask. Listen. Save.

Winner Note:

Ask.Listen.Save. is very fortunate to receive the Bucky Award for Health and Wellbeing this year. With one in four college students struggling with a diagnosable mental disorder, there has never been a better time to not only get the conversation started about mental illness but to actively advocate against the harmful stigma that continues to plague proper treatment-seeking behaviors and social outreach. We aim to create an environment where issues of mental health and wellness can comfortably be discussed so that our peers would know they are not alone. As a student organization, we appreciate the recognition for this award, knowing that our efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Sponsor Note:

This award is given to an ambitious student or student organization that excels in promoting and achieving overall health and wellness on campus. This student or student group has shown excellent skill in promoting health, providing resources to campus to improve wellness, and working toward improving the overall wellbeing of the UW-Madison community.

Tonight’s recipient describes health and wellbeing to include mental and physical health, a sense of purpose, happiness, and the ability to manage stress. They have provided many events, resources, and educational programing around suicide prevention, including the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk and the creation of educational programs to educate and train the public on how to seek help and recognize the signs for suicide.

In addition, they raise funds which are put back into the community to help increase awareness and education on suicide prevention.

Inclusivity: The Gamma Mu Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

Winner Note:

We were fortunate enough to experience a period of reflection over the year, and have grown as we ensured that our sacred space can be a home, and chosen family as we describe it. To get this award means the world to us as we have worked hard to make our space and language inclusive, and truly uphold our beliefs of unity, love, and respect! We accept this honor and will use it as a constant reminder of who we are, what we believe in, and how to continue to grow and hold ourselves accountable.

Sponsor Note:

This award is presented to an organization that fosters learning opportunities, contributes to the scholastic and leadership growth for its members, and focuses on fostering interactions between members. This organization believes inclusivity revolves around a strong relationship between its members and dedicates extra time towards building those relationships. This organization also excels in promoting awareness and offering events surrounding social justice in order to foster an organization built on the fundamentals of equality.

This award honors outstanding student leaders who have made a significant impact on the University of Wisconsin campus and the surrounding community. These students have demonstrated strong leadership skills through outstanding initiative, meaningful involvement, and measurable influence on students, citizens, or programming.

The recipient of this year’s Inclusivity Award strongly believes in providing safe and empowering spaces for their members and event attendees. This group understands the power of language and its impact. They strive to be better each and every day and aren’t afraid to be vulnerable and challenge their membership and community. They consistently use their platform to bring awareness to important topics such as essential self care regimens, social injustice and ways in being an ally, just to name a few. This February they hosted a virtual event, Feminist Ally Workshop, in which they hosted an open forum and discussed feminism, inclusivity, power dynamics, and allyship.

Philanthropic Achievement: Ask. Listen. Save.

Winner Note:

Ask.Listen.Save. is honored to receive the Bucky Award for Philanthropic achievement. We are grateful to be recognized for our work for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention through our Campus Walks. Our fundraising efforts helps to fund research to improve interventions, train clinicians in suicide prevention, and advocate for policies that will change lives. Donations also help create programming to educate and train the public on how to seeking help and recognize the signs of someone who may be contemplating suicide as well as loss and healing programs for those who have been affected by suicide. We appreciate the acknowledgement for our hard work which would not be possible without the tremendous support from fellow students and the community over the past 11 years.

Sponsor Note:

This award recognizes a student organization that has excelled in investing considerable time towards raising funds and donations for their events and charity. Their actions embody the Wisconsin Idea and have benefited the campus or the surrounding community.

The winner of this award is an organization that has created a positive impact on the environment of University of Wisconsin’s campus; to save lives, destigmatize mental health, and remind students that they are not alone. Over the past 10 years, they have provided resources to students and the greater Madison community, while fundraising over $330,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Through their fundraising efforts, they hope to not only raise money, but to establish connections and strive to advocate for mental health. They have continuously shown support to those who are facing unprecedented challenges with their mental health and ensure that every person has the resources they need. In line with this year’s Bucky Award theme, “A Whole New World,” they have adapted to new changes throughout the pandemic by transitioning workshops online, using social media to stay connected, and scheduling virtual office hours for peers on campus. This organization has proved to change the Madison community, for the better.

Outstanding Leadership: Moment of Magic Foundation

Winner Note:

It is an incredible honor to be recognized by the university with the Outstanding Leadership Award. A Moment of Magic is an organization that strives for excellence in our mission to bring magic to children in need. Our entire organization, but specifically our executive team, has worked tirelessly to assure that we can continue the magic to children of all ages and needs despite facing a global pandemic. To have their efforts and dedication recognized means more than I can say, and I am endlessly proud, grateful, and overjoyed to receive this award on behalf of an organization. Working as the president of this organization, I can tell you that I work with some of the most incredible students on UW’s campus, and getting to have them recognized for their work means so much to me.

Sponsor Note:

This award recognizes a student organization that has excelled in their use of leadership skills to work towards a positive change on campus or in the surrounding community. This organization has demonstrated excellence in the core values of the UW-Madison Leadership Framework, which include integrity, inclusive engagement, and connection with the community. In addition, the organization has developed leadership skills in both members of the organization and the community in order to support them as they engage in this positive change. Finally, this organization demonstrates continuous reflection to overcome obstacles and weaknesses that are encountered during the process of implementing the positive change.

This year’s award recipient has made it their mission to provide support to students who challenge themselves to make the most of their education, which they do by creating opportunities designed to improve their study skills, to constantly test their understanding, and to strengthen their abilities as self-directed learners. This organization fits remarkably well with this year’s Bucky Awards theme of a Whole New World because they create the space for students to feel included, appreciated, and empowered.The most valuable type of leadership is that which cultivates and empowers new leaders from all around the community, which this organization does exceptionally well. 

Outstanding Service: Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students

Winner Note:

Winning the Outstanding Service Award means so much to the members of the Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students. Our members have gone above and beyond to serve our community through tele-health visits with local shelters, virtual educational presentations for high school students, and COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the state. Thank you for recognizing our organization’s hard work to promote health and wellbeing throughout Madison and the state of Wisconsin!

Sponsor Note:

This award recognizes a student organization that has participated in service activities continually throughout the academic year and has hosted at least one service activity to the campus community. This student organization has worked consistently through dedication and perseverance to improve our campus and the surrounding community.

This student organization has shown their dedication to their mission of developing students into student pharmacist though excellence in patient care, professional engagement, advocacy, and camaraderie. As we continue to navigate life during a global pandemic, the Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students work to expand health care access and educational resources to their communities. Even with the new challenges of the online world, this organization has developed online programming through platforms such as facebook live, to discuss various areas of health with organization and community members. By providing opportunities to its members to volunteer for flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine clinics, this organization is actively working to create a new healthy world for us all.

Social Justice Advocacy: Wisconsin Black Student Union

Sponsor Note:

This award recognizes an individual or student organization that makes a strong and lasting impact on the Madison campus and community by promoting social justice and equality.  They also have made great strides to educate and empower others to act on these beliefs.

The winning organization established themselves as leaders for social justice on campus due to their innovative events, continued advocacy for students holding marginalized identities, and dedication to holding campus accountable to students.  

Since the establishment of this organization, members have worked to elevate the needs and concerns of Black students, focusing not just on the academic experience, but also on sense of belonging, mental health, and community building. With the continued fight for racial justice this organization has been at the forefront of asking UW-Madison to consider what our role is and what action we will take. Working together as an organization and community they have pushed forward with numerous initiatives to improve the Black student experience while confronting anti-Blackness and finding ways to celebrate Black joy.