Carnegie Mellon University

Student Organization Award Recognition (SOAR)

The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) hosts the annual Student Organization Award Recognition (SOAR) ceremony which honors Student Government, Student Government or the Division of Student Affairs recognized undergraduate & graduate organizations, undergraduate & graduate student organization members, and advisors.

Individuals nominated for individual awards will be formally invited via email to submit a of acceptance 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.

Nomination 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 a staff member within the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement to obtain permission to check GPA status to confirm eligibility.

Individual Award Nominee information

Individuals nominated for individual awards will be formally invited via email to submit a of acceptance 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.

SOAR Ceremony

Invitations to the Student Organization Award Recognition ceremony will be sent to all nominees and nominators in late April. The ceremony will take place May 4, 2018 at 5 p.m. in Connan Room, Cohon Center and award recipients will be announced.

Award Descriptions

Outstanding Student Organization

This award recognizes a student organization (recognized for at least two academic years) that serves as a leader in the student organization and 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 will receive $200 in their organization account to support their efforts in the coming year.

Outstanding Student Organization Program

This award 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 2017 and April 2018.

Outstanding Student Organization Leader


This award 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 their academics, involvements, 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

This award recognizes faculty, staff, alumni, or community volunteers who have provided a student organization with outstanding support and service in the role of 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 2017-2018 academic year.

Outstanding New Initiative

This award is designed to recognize an innovative new program or initiative by Student Government or a Student Government or Division of Student Affairs recognized organization. The initiative/program must aim to fill a perceived gap in opportunities available to a specific student organization or campus life in general.

The initiative/program must have occurred for the first time between August 2017 and April 2018.

Rising Star

This award is designed to recognize a freshman, sophomore, or non-graduating graduate student who exhibits outstanding potential as a campus and/or community leader. This student has demonstrated a commitment to leadership through student organization membership, but may or may not hold an official position.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

Loyal Scot Alumni Engagement

This award recognizes a student organization that successfully communicates and engages its alumni base as well as fundraises from both its current students and its alumni. Priority will be given to a group that has partnered with the Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving to advise on strategy and messaging.

The recipient of this award will receive $200 in their organization account to support their alumni programming efforts in the coming year.

Spirit of Andrew Carnegie

“My Heart is in the Work” is the motto of Carnegie Mellon University and can be seen every day in and out of the classroom. This award recognizes a graduating senior or graduate student in their final year who has made significant contributions to enhance the lives of those within and beyond the CMU community through their work within student organizations, and whose dedication to carrying out the mission of the University through that involvement is especially notable.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

The recipient of this award will receive $200 check as a thank you for their contributions to the campus community and student organizations.