Carnegie Mellon University

Gelfand Student Service Award

Be recognized for your commitment to society through participation in service learning courses and educational outreach activities that positively impact the community (anywhere outside of CMU) !

This is a self nomination process, with letters from community partners and/or CMU faculty and staff to support the impact of your work. 

Nominations are accepted each April.

An online form is used to collect nomination information including:

  • A list of relevant Service Learning and Outreach activities that summarizes all work to improve the community* through participation in service learning courses and outreach activities that are designed to share your knowledge, talents, skills and/or excitement for learning.

    (Note: * community is broadly defined as those who are outside of Carnegie Mellon

  • Your personal statement (1-2 pages) should address the following questions:

    How have you integrated service activities that require you to use your expertise into your academic experience while at Carnegie Mellon?

    What did you hope to accomplish in the community through engaging in service activities that draw on your expertise?  (if you have participated in multiple initiatives, choose one as the focus, or if there is a theme to the work, write about all of them)

    What was the actual outcome?

    What have you learned about yourself and about the people you have been engaged with in your service activities?

    How has this work strengthened your educational experience at Carnegie Mellon?

  • Two letters of support: one from an external contact and one from a Carnegie Mellon contact who can describe your work with the community and the impact that it has had. Letters should be sent directly to Judith Hallinen via email or by mail to:

              Judith Hallinen
              Carnegie Mellon Gelfand Center
              5000 Forbes Avenue, Cyert A64 A
              Pittsburgh, PA  15213

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