Apply for a Bucky Award

Applications will be open

January 24, 2021 – February 24, 2021

This event will be offered virtually and possibly in-person as well. This will be determined before applications open.

The Bucky’s Award Ceremony is an event where students and student organizations have the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work on campus and in the community. This year’s event is taking place on March 21st, 2021.

All leaders are encouraged to apply! Candidates may submit up to two applications.

Please e-mail buckysawards@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

Individual Awards

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Business Badger Leadership Award

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.

To be eligible for the Business Badger Leadership Award, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • At least sophomore standing as an admitted undergraduate business student in the Wisconsin School of Business
  • Can clearly articulate their involvement in a co-curricular project, program, or another initiative that led to a positive impact on a specific community that they identify.
  • Demonstrates at least 4 of the 6 values of the Wisconsin School of Business within the initiative articulated in this application.
  • Can articulate how they incorporated business skills learned in the classroom into their co-curricular project/initiative.

Global Citizenship

This award is given to an ambitious student in regard to his or her experience while abroad.  It recognizes a student’s efforts to increase his or her awareness of global issues whether it is through an internship, a class, or a volunteer project. In addition, this student applies different skills and values acquired through their experience abroad to better improve themselves as well as their surrounding community.

To be eligible for the Global Citizenship Award, the individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Have traveled outside of the U.S and/ or his or her home country
  • Have engaged with the host culture and community while abroad
  • Have participated in events or activities that foster awareness of global issues
  • Demonstrate a desire to apply the knowledge and skills gained while abroad in his or her future
  • Have been enrolled in CISI insurance for the duration of his or her time abroad as required by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Must not have traveled to a country with a Travel Warning issued by the U.S. State Department at the time of travel unless approved as an official University of Wisconsin-Madison program
  • You must be a current undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Individual Leadership

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

To be eligible for the Individual Leadership Award, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a current undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Most Involved

This award is given to an ambitious student in regards 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.

To be eligible for the Most Involved Award, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be actively involved in two student organizations on campus and must have taken a leadership role within at lease one of these organizations
  • Must have utilized their leadership role to positively impact, innovate or develop their organization, program, or cause
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities in multiple areas of their every day life (school, work, service, etc)
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout all semesters on campus while registered as a student
  • You must be a current undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Outstanding First-Year Freshman

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 to create 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”.

To be eligible for the Outstanding First-Year Freshman Award, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a current first-year student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Outstanding Transfer Student

This award honors outstanding student leaders who have made a significant impact on the University of Wisconsin campus and 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.”

To be eligible for the Outstanding Transfer Student Award, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have transferred to the University of Wisconsin – Madison from another college or university
  • You must be a current undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Outstanding Senior

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.

To be eligible for the Outstanding Senior Award, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a current undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Best Advisor (nomination only)

This award recognizes an advisor who excels in guiding their students and/or organization to success. They provide a welcoming, inclusive, and enthusiastic environment to all. This advisor positively challenges and supports the individual or group in order to achieve an overall goal or mission statement.

Nominators may be placed by both undergraduate and graduate students or student organizations.

Organization Awards

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Best New Student Organization

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.

To be eligible for the Best New Student Organization, the organization must:

  • Have a mission statement
  • Been established in Fall 2016 or later
  • Have a dedicated, hard-working student membership
  • Be a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dean's Award of Excellence

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 learning 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.

To be eligible for the Dean’s Award of Excellence, an organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Involve multiple aspects of the Wisconsin Experience in your organization or activity. For more information regarding the Wisconsin Experience, go to: https://apps.students.wisc.edu/wisconsin-experience/
  • Collaborate with at least one student organization on campus throughout the year
  • Host at least one event that is beneficial to the UW campus and the Madison community
  • Create a new aspect or improve upon one aspect of your organization
  • Participate in events that foster awareness of social justice issues
  • Provide an inclusive atmosphere and foster interactions for all students both within the organization and your campus-wide activities
  • Actively provide recognition for members that contribute to the organization
  • You must be a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin—Madison

Excellence in Post-Graduate Preparation

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.

To be eligible for the Excellence in Post-Graduate Preparation Award, the organization must:

  • Have a mission statement
  • Have a dedicated, hard-working student membership
  • Be a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Inclusivity

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 surrounding community. These students have demonstrated strong leadership skills through outstanding initiative, meaningful involvement, and measurable influence on students, citizens, or programming.

To be eligible for the Inclusivity Award, an organization must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin Madison

Outstanding Leadership

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.

To be eligible for the Outstanding Leadership Award, an organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Engage in multiple competencies tied to the Leadership Framework. For more information visit: http://leadership.wisc.edu/about-the-framework.htm
  • Involve multiple aspects of the Wisconsin Experience. For more information regarding the Wisconsin Experience, go to: www.learning.wisc.edu

Outstanding Service

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.

To be eligible for the Outstanding Service Award, an organization must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Philanthropic Achievement

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 campus or the surrounding community.

To be eligible for the Philanthropic Achievement Award, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Individual/Organization Awards

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Conservation and Sustainability

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.  

To be eligible for the Conservation and Sustainability Award, the organization must:

  • Have a mission statement
  • Have a dedicated, hard-working student membership
  • Be a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Health and Wellbeing

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

Social Justice Advocacy

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. 

Graduate Awards

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Graduate Peer Mentor Awards

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.

To be eligible for the Graduate Peer Mentor Award, the applicant must:

  • Must be a current graduate or professional student at UW-Madison

 

For more information: learn more here

If you have any questions please reach out to Christopher Yue at christopher.yue@wisc.edu