Youdee Leadership Awards

YoUDee Awards

The YoUDee Leadership Awards is an annual program that recognizes registered student organizations (RSOs), student leaders and staff for their hard work in programming, philanthropy, marketing/design and overall achievement.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners from the 2023 YoUDee Leadership Awards!

Award Categories

Outstanding New Organization

The Best New RSO award is only open to Registered Student Organizations who have been recognized for less than two academic years (including the current academic year) but have been able to quickly build membership and become a known presence and have a positive impact on campus through its successful marketing, activities, and programs. It recognizes success in both quality and quantity of activities, as well as establishing relationships with other organizations and departments.

*NOTE: The previous year’s award recipient is not eligible for this year.

Eligible Organizations: Registered Student Organizations

Outstanding Advisor

The Outstanding Advisor award recognizes outstanding support and guidance by the volunteer advisor (full-time exempt staff member) of an organization. The individual must demonstrate devotion, caring and mentoring to the organization. This is a person who exceeds expectations, attends meetings/events on a regular basis and has a positive impact on the success of the organization and its leaders.

*NOTE: Professional advisors, as well as advisors who received the award the previous year, are not eligible.

Outstanding RSO Leader

The RSO Leader of the Year is awarded to any member of a registered student organization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills. The member has been instrumental in helping the chapter work towards its mission as well as help plan and conducts successful programming.

*NOTE: The individual does NOT need to be an officer of the organization or chapter, but rather someone who has provided leadership to the group, its members, and the University community.

Eligible Organizations: Registered Student Organizations

Outstanding Treasurer

The Outstanding Treasurer award recognizes the outstanding management of the group’s treasury books, reconciliation of ledgers, and reimbursement of funds. In addition, this individual should have made efforts to increase the organization’s funds as well as obtain necessary funding properly in order to implement planned events successfully.

Eligible Organizations: Registered Student Organizations


Outstanding Graduate Student

The Outstanding Graduate Student award recognizes a graduate student leader who has made extraordinary contributions to their scholarly, campus, or wider communities. The recipient should demonstrate leadership skills through activities such as service, employment, peer mentoring, research, or involvement in professional associations.

Eligible Individuals: Current graduate students

Outstanding Program/Event/Philanthropy/Community Service

The Outstanding Program/Event award recognizes an organization for following its mission and purpose through planning and implementing a program or event exceedingly well. The program must coincide with the organization’s mission and should have provided a positive reflection of the organization to the campus community beyond its own members. Here is a list of possible categories for RSOs within Outstanding Program/Event award umbrella: Community Service, Philanthropy, Cultural, Health & Wellness, Alumni Engagement, Community Engagement, Risk Management, Performing Arts, Large Scale, Global, Lecture, Educational, New, Annual, and Recreational.

*NOTE: All programs must have been held ON CAMPUS. For programs sponsored by two or more organizations, all groups are eligible for the award.

Eligible Organizations: Registered Student Organizations


Outstanding Use of Website or StUDent Central

The Outstanding Use of Website or StUDent Central award recognizes an organization’s outstanding use of social media to promote the group, an event or a product, thereby fulfilling the mission of the organization. Social media encompasses all forms of media that are delivered using the internet. Your submissions will be evaluated for creativity, organization, comprehensive content and impact on your organization’s community. Entries could include social networking campaigns including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or YouTube. It should also be in compliance with University and University Student Centers policies and procedures. Any sites which include offensive, inappropriate or lewd material will be disqualified. Creativity is a plus.

Eligible Organizations: Registered Student Organizations

Outstanding Overall Achievement

The Outstanding Overall Achievement award recognizes an organization for following its mission, achieving its objectives successfully and making an impact on campus throughout the academic year. The organization has stayed active through effective marketing and publicity of meetings and events, sponsoring a variety of successful programs, sustaining an active membership and maintaining positive relationships with other organizations and departments. Actions of the organization and its members should exceed expectations.
Eligible Organizations: Registered Student Organizations.

Rosin Rising Star Award

The Rosin Rising Star Award was established in recognition and remembrance of Matthew Rosin. Matthew was a sophomore student leader who passed away in the spring of 2016. One Freshman or Sophomore undergraduate is honored with this award for demonstrating outstanding leadership potential in helping to produce campus-wide, co-curricular programs. The recipient must exhibit a high degree of student group involvement, organizational support, and leadership growth and development.

NOTE: The previous year’s award recipient is not eligible for this year.

Eligible Individuals: Freshman or Sophomore Undergraduate

Grossman Memorial Award

Each year a junior or senior undergraduate is honored for outstanding contributions to campus-wide co-curricular programs, as well as a high quality of leadership and organizational ability in helping plan and present programs. The Grossman Memorial Award was established by the Class of 1963 in remembrance of their classmates, Judy and Bill Grossman.

NOTE: The previous year’s award recipient is not eligible for this year.

Eligible Individuals: Junior or Senior Undergraduate

Group 8 student award winners with Youdee Mastcott

Past Awardees