2022 Bucky Awards Winners

Congratulations to Our 2022 Winners!

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: Emily Keepman

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I am very humbled to receive this award and am honored to be a part of such a vibrant advising community.  A special shout out to the wonderful advisee who nominated me, you know who you are and submitted a stellar nomination! I want to also recognize my coworkers in the Advising & Career Center in the School of Human Ecology who tirelessly support students and make coming to work so gratifying.

 

Business Badger Leadership: Lennox Owino Ochieng

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To me this award as a recognition of the fact that knowledge that students get from the Wisconsin School of Business is used all over the world to make our communities better. I am proud, through this award, to be a representation of those contributing to the Wisconsin Idea through the Wisconsin School of Business.

 

Social Justice Advocacy: Amy Van Aartsen

 

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Receiving this award makes me proud to be a Badger. I’m thankful for how much my experiences as a student at UW-Madison have shaped me as a person. I strongly believe that my education at UW-Madison has helped empower me to advocate for and create positive change in my community. I’m incredibly grateful to my mentors on campus who have supported my growth as a leader – I want to extend a huge thank you to Ruben Mota, Mari Magler, Mike Mohr, and the many others who have invested in me! 

Global Citizenship: Kelly Longhini

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I am very grateful to have received the Global Citizenship Bucky Award, as it both commends the work I put into my international internship last summer and encourages me to continue seeking opportunities to engage in our globally-connected world. I am proud of the efforts I made to complete the literature review, interviews of professionals in both Uruguay and Madison, and research report to better understand the use of agrochemicals in traditional vs organic farming, a topic I had minimal previous exposure to. I hope that receiving this award brings more awareness and interest to the International Internship Program on campus, as they offer many unique experiences to extend your UW education beyond Madison.

Individual Leadership: Amena Saleh

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I am honored to have received this award as acknowledgment for my work as a leader on the UW Campus. From being the President of two student organizations on campus, I have had the privilege of leading over thirty initiatives to better my community. I hope to continue to do work that merits such an award by leading impactful projects in my community and beyond. However, I cannot rightfully accept this award without recognizing my amazing boards, my friends, and my family who have consistently supported my aspirations as a leader. Above all, all praise must go to the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, Allah (God).

Most Involved: Mae Hurtado-Thiele

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Being the “Most Involved” is about impactful involvement and choosing to dedicate my time to organizations and opportunities that are meaningful to me and will have a greater effect on the community. This award is a representation of my passion for interdisciplinary learning and my dedication to nurturing my various interests. I’m grateful for the people I’ve been able to connect with and for the constant and unwavering support of my mentors and peers.

Outstanding Freshman: Emmett Lockwood

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I am so honored to have received the outstanding freshman award! As a kid I often did not identify, I thought the term disability was by its very nature limiting, and that by admitting I have a body and a brain that, well to not bore you with a long list of medical diagnoses, is not what society would expect. This award I see not just as a testament to the emerging inclusive space on this campus for disabled students such as myself, but also as a testament to a younger version of myself that I can present my full self, and not use euphemisms to describe myself to others, and still achieve amazing things when others around me are willing to make this world a little more accessible.

Outstanding Transfer Student: Fiona Iljazi

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.”

Outstanding Senior: Karina Melendez

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I’m honored to have received the Outstanding Senior Award because I have dedicated so much time to making this campus feel like home to me. It’s been difficult attending a predominantly white institution, but this award signifies that all the inclusive spaces & events that I have organized in the Madison community have not gone unnoticed. I’m proud to be an outstanding leader on campus by uplifting the Wisconsin Experience for myself & the other Queer & BIPOC students around me.

★ Graduate Awards ★

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Graduate Peer Mentor: Caroline Hensley

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I am honored to win this Graduate Peer Mentor Award for my work in the UW-Madison English programs! In my capacity as the career advisor for English majors and co-chair of the Graduate Student Association, I strive to connect students, staff, and faculty across our department in ways that enrich both our individual and collective experiences. I believe mentorship networks and shared knowledges are invaluable for building an inclusive, accessible community. It is an absolute pleasure to lend my efforts to developing new and existing forms of support in the English department.

Graduate Peer Mentor: Christopher Hulshof

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This reward is proof that one of the most important resources for graduate students are their cohort of fellow students. I’ve never hesitated to spend time helping my peers, and in turn, I’ve often relied on them in my own time of need. The relationships we build during our graduate studies can last a lifetime on a personal level, but we can often forget just how valuable we are to each other as mentors, advisors, and assistants. I’m very proud to have had my small part in making the Department of History stronger be recognized by the university. I hope this reward will encourage continued graduate student collaboration in the years to come.

Graduate Peer Mentor: Alexandra Lakind

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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. 

Graduate Student Commitment to Engagement and Activism: Ashley Scott

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The Graduate Student Commitment to Engagement and Activism Awards recognize graduate students who work on promoting social justice, equity, and inclusion in their graduate degree department and or on campus. They strive to educate, encourage and create change to foster welcoming and brave spaces for all students, particularly students from diverse BIPOC, backgrounds.  They demonstrate strong leadership skills through meaningful engagement for influential change.

Graduate Student Commitment to Engagement and Activism: Zubin DeVitre

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Zubin DeVitre is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his time at UW-Madison, Zubin has filled various roles including, but not limited to, lead instructor for UW’s Academic Enhancement Seminar, a mentor for the Posse Foundation, and a community support specialist at the Counseling Psychology Training Clinic. In these roles, Zubin has done his best to ensure that he is finding system level interventions that he can put into place to help instill lasting change while also attending to his required responsibilities. Examples include creating a partnership with Cliff Bar to help scholars with food insecurity and crafting system processes to provide more equitable access for student resources. As a second-generation South Asian American, his professional interests focus (broadly) on Pan- and South Asian American mental-health/well-being. Specifically, recognizing that South Asian Americans are often forgotten within the higher education and mental-health narratives, Zubin works to provide representation to South Asian American students within the university setting. It is for these reasons that Zubin’s research publications and presentations have a specified focus on ways to reconstruct the narrative surrounding Pan- and South Asian American students’ well-being and why he worked to develop UW-Madison’s first ever Asian American Psychology course.

 

Graduate Student Commitment to Engagement and Activism: Morgan L. Henson

Sponsor Note:

The Graduate Student Commitment to Engagement and Activism Awards recognize graduate students who work on promoting social justice, equity, and inclusion in their graduate degree department and or on campus. They strive to educate, encourage and create change to foster welcoming and brave spaces for all students, particularly students from diverse BIPOC, backgrounds.  They demonstrate strong leadership skills through meaningful engagement for influential change.

★ Organization Awards ★

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Best New Student Organization: Effective Altruism UW-Madison

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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.

Creating Inclusive Community: Queer and Trans People of Color

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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.

Dean's Award of Excellence: Wisconsin Speech and Debate Society

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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.

Health and Wellbeing: Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students

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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.

Inclusivity: Badgers for Special Olympics

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Badgers for Special Olympics is so unbelievably honored to receive the Buckey Inclusion Award. As an organization, we work hard to create an environment where people of all physical and intellectual abilities feel safe and valued. We strive to be a place where we celebrate everyone’s individuality and learn from our different life experiences. This award validates that we are making a positive impact on campus and helping create a more inclusive environment.

Philanthropic Achievement: Ask. Listen. Save.

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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.

Outstanding Leadership: Wisconsin Consulting Club

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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.

Outstanding Service: Community Health Volunteers of Madison

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The members of Community Health Volunteers of Madison are so thankful to receive this award. Our members have gone above and beyond to carry out our mission and adapt our programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. This award not only serves as a reminder of the impact and connections we have established in the Madison community but also as an inspiration for future members and leaders to continue growing our organization. It is an honor to be recognized for this award by the university.

Conservation and Sustainability: Enactus

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Enactus UW-Madison is highly grateful to be recognized for advancing Conservation and Sustainability on campus. This award will help us to elevate our presence as a student organization dedicated to developing entrepreneurial leaders who are unified to create a better, more sustainable world. We hope that with the support of the Office of Sustainability, we will continue to drive much-needed impact while helping students advance their personal and professional lives.