Awards & Recognition
CMU has a profound impact on our world and communities, and that's something to celebrate. So we do.
SLICE recognizes and honors undergraduate and graduate student leaders, student organizations, members of Greek organizations, advisors and community volunteers for contributions to the campus community and beyond.
Senior Leadership Recognition (SLR)
Every spring, staff and faculty across the university nominate graduating seniors who have made significant contributions during their time at Carnegie Mellon. While we have many talented and involved students in each graduating class, this recognition is reserved for those students who have made an unparalleled impact on our community, leaving CMU a better place as a result of their leadership, vision and initiative.
Nominations & Eligibility
Senior Leadership Recognition recognizes seniors who plan to graduate between December 2020 and August 2021. Nominations were accepted from staff and faculty members from January 2021 through 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021.
Eligible students who are nominated will be invited to share a one page (max 500 word) acceptance letter, reflecting on their leadership journey at Carnegie Mellon. The letter must be received in order to be eligible for the recognition. Information on how to submit this letter and prompts will be made available to the nominees in early April. To be eligible to be considered, students must be graduating in either December 2020, May 2021 or August 2021. Additionally, the Dean of Students oversees a conduct review of all nominated students; students with any conduct records will have an opportunity to discuss that history with a Student Affairs representative.
SLR Areas of Impact
Each recipient of this recognition has created a unique imprint on the culture and life of CMU through their contributions to academics and research, the arts, athletics, civic engagement and community development. Consider the following when nominating students:
Academics & Research
Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement Awards
SLICE Awards honor Carnegie Mellon undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations and their members, and student organization advisors.
Nomination & Nominee Information
Nominations will be accepted from students, staff, and faculty members throughout the year. Self nominations are also welcome.
Students nominated for awards that have a minimum GPA requirement will be contacted by SLICE to confirm eligibility.
Those nominated for individual awards will be invited via email to submit an acceptance letter in order to remain eligible for the award. All nominees will be notified via email in mid-April and receive a formal invitation to the event.
This process occurs in the spring semester. Members are needed for several committees to review nominations that are submitted for SLICE awards.
SLICE Award Descriptions:
Outstanding Student Organization
Recognizes a student organization (recognized for at least two academic years) that serves as a leader in the CMU community. An outstanding candidate for this award models leadership in the following areas:
- Commitment to the organization’s mission
- Membership recruitment and retention
- Innovative, well-executed and impactful programming
- Meaningful collaboration with other student organizations, campus departments and community partners
The recipient of this award receives $200 in their organization account to support their efforts in the coming year.
Outstanding Student Organization Program
Recognizes a program/initiative that was student initiated, directed, and implemented. An outstanding program/initiative must:
- Impact and enhance the CMU experience and community
- Display innovation and creativity in its overall implementation
- Be well-executed, fiscally responsible, and reach a diverse student audience
The program must have occurred between August 2020 and April 2021.
Outstanding Student Organization Leader
Recognizes an individual who successfully demonstrates their passion within their student organizations while maintaining a commitment to academics. An outstanding candidate for this award models leadership in the following areas:
- Has contributed above and beyond expectations to one (or more) student organizations
- Successfully balances their time between academics, involvement and personal life
- Engages in and contributes to the larger CMU and/or Pittsburgh community
- Supports new membership and has left a legacy to help guide the organization into the future
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
Outstanding Student Organization Advisor
Recognizes faculty, staff, alumni or community volunteers who have provided a student organization with outstanding support and service as an advisor during the academic year. The individual must have a strong commitment to supporting their student organization through building meaningful relationships.
The advisor must have been in their role for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Community Impact Award
A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.
Loyal Scot Alumni Engagement
The recipient of this award receives $200 in their organization account to support their alumni programming efforts in the coming year.
Spirit of Andrew Carnegie
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
The recipient of this award receives $200 check as a thank you for their contributions to the campus community and student organizations.