Award Descriptions

2022 Involvement Awards

There are many different awards that individuals and student organizations can apply for. Some of these awards include: “Most Exceptional Campus Organization, Student Leader of the Year, Most Entertaining Campus Event, Outstanding New Organization, and The Corey Edwards Organization Advisor of the Year Award”. Individuals, provisional organizations, and permanent organizations are welcome to apply!

Please be sure to start the nomination process early, as the form will close on February 18th, 2022 at 5PM. If you have any questions about the 2022 Involvement Awards that aren’t answered below, please feel free to contact involve@auburn.edu. Thank you for your time and we look forward to honoring Auburn’s best and brightest at the 2022 Involvement Awards!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which awards am I eligible to apply for?

Organizational Awards: There are 8 categories open to all active, registered student organizations. Within these 8 categories, there are three awards with designation between SAOs and Non-SAOs. If you have questions about your organization’s status, email involve@auburn.edu.

Individual Awards: There are 2 categories for individual awards. The Student Leader of the Year award is open to any student leader within a registered student organization and can be awarded to multiple recipients.

The Corey Edwards Organization Advisor of the Year Award is open to any organization advisor of a registered student organization.

What is the difference between an RSO and a SAO?

Registered Student Organizations:

Registered Student Organizations are student-created organizations based on the common interest of their members. Registered Student Organizations may charge membership dues and are eligible for funds from the Organizations Fund once active status is achieved.

Student Activity Organizations:

There are 18 Student Activity Organizations housed within Student Involvement. Student Activity Organizations are organizations that provide signature high impact, visible or otherwise notable involvement opportunities to the Auburn University student body. A Student Activity Organization is part of a Student Activity Portfolio and eligible to receive funds directly from Student Activity Fees in accordance with SGA Finance Law.

If I won an award last year, am I eligible for that award this year?

No. Organizations or individuals are not eligible to win the same award won in the previous year. For example, if an organization won Excellence in Communications & Marketing at the 2021 Involvement Awards, they would not be eligible for the Excellence in Communications & Marketing at the 2022 Involvement Awards.

Can I nominate myself?

You are able to self-nominate your organization for any award. However, for the individual awards of Student Leader of the Year and Advisor of the Year, we do not accept self-nominations. Individual awards must be nominated by a peer.

I don't have an organizational logo for the award packet, what do I do?

Canva is a great tool for creating a file with your logo. If selected as a nominee for an award, the Student Involvement Marketing & Design team will work with you to edit your logo.

I have a question about applying for an award, who do I reach out to?

Contact involve@auburn.edu for any questions about award applications, selections, or the Involvement Awards Ceremony.

Do I have to finish the application in one sitting?

No, AUinvolve will allow you to return to your submission if you do not finish it. Only completed applications will be considered for each award. Make sure that you return to your award and complete it prior to the deadline. You must click “Submit” on AUinvolve for it to be evaluated.

What is included in a good submission for an award nomination?

Example of a Good Submission

A good submission includes a fully completed application that tells judges how the organization is fulfilling the criteria for each award. An organization with multiple submissions should submit in a way that allows each submission to stand on its own. Each submission should provide some context about the organization’s operations, mission, and regular events. In addition, it should focus on the specifics that apply to the award. Submission packets should also include the organization’s logo and photos. These photos could be group photos of the executive officers, photos from events, etc.

Award Descriptions

Given to the organization that enables participants to gain greater understanding or experience as shown through the organization’s mission, activities, and accomplishments. This nomination will be evaluated on how organizations enhanced the student experience, were innovative in connecting real-life skills and knowledge to the organization and preparing members for a career in their respective fields.  

Given to the organization that enables participants to gain greater insight, understanding and appreciation of culture and diversity through the planning and presentation of an outstanding event, campaign, initiative, etc. This directly contributes to the mission and purpose of the organization and encourages students to engage in cultural learning in a one-time experience.  

Given to the organization that best promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization through a commitment to learning, researching, and adapting practices. This nomination will be evaluated on how the organization enhanced the student experience, cultivated meaningful relationships with existing members, and fulfilled the organization’s mission.

Given to the organization’s philanthropic and/or community service activities exemplify the power of the “Human Touch.” This nomination will be evaluated on how the organization enhanced the student experience, was innovative in their philanthropic and/or community service activities, and fulfilled the organization’s mission. 

Given to the NON-SAO host organization of the event that most enjoyably promotes student involvement through entertainment. This nomination will be evaluated on how this event enhanced the student experience, used innovative practices, and fulfilled the organization’s mission. 

Given to the SAO host organization of the event that most enjoyably promotes student involvement through entertainment. This nomination will be evaluated on how this event enhanced the student experience, used innovative practices, and fulfilled the organization’s mission. 

Given to the Non-SAO with the highest quality of communications and marketing based on how the organization utilized their strategies and plans. This nomination will be evaluated on how the organization executed its outreach efforts to enhance the student experience and showed innovation in marketing their organization, initiative, or event.

Given to the SAO with the highest quality of communications and marketing based on how the organization utilized their strategies and plans. This nomination will be evaluated on how the organization executed its outreach efforts to enhance the student experience and showed innovation in marketing their organization, initiative, or event.

Given to the student(s) who best demonstrates exceptional leadership abilities. This nomination will be evaluated by how the student leader enhanced the student experience for themselves and others and empowered their peers. 

Given to the organization advisor who has exceeded their obligations in the support of a student organization and the students within that organization. This nomination will be evaluated on how the advisor enhanced the student experience, was innovative in their advising style, and helped the organization fulfill its mission. 

Given to an organization in its first year (provisional or permanent) and will be evaluated by how the organization was innovative in their recruitment and execution of events and/or programming, enhanced the student experience, and fulfilled the organization’s mission. 

Given to the Non-SAO organization that most exemplifies the traits of an Auburn organization and best develops its members into impactful Auburn students. This nomination will be evaluated on how the organization enhanced the student experience and was innovative in fulfilling the organization’s mission. Students Activity Organization (SAO)’s may not apply. 

Given to the SAO organization that most exemplifies the traits of an Auburn organization and best develops its members into impactful Auburn students. This nomination will be evaluated on how the organization enhanced the student experience and was innovative in fulfilling the organization’s mission. Must be a Student Activity Organization (SAO) to apply. 

Last modified: March 2, 2022