In a Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education, the United States Departments of State and of Education noted that “the presence of international students, researchers, and scholars on U.S. campuses enhances diversity, contributes to academic vibrancy, and fosters creativity and innovation in the sciences and the arts.”  At the University of Florida, we fully embrace this statement as we recognize the value and importance of the contributions of our international students and colleagues to our research, teaching and service missions. 

The International Student Achievement Awards (ISAA) were established to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of international students at the University of Florida. The awards are designed to recognize students who distinguish themselves not only by their exemplary academic achievements, but also by a wide range of accomplishments and contributions to UF and the community.

In 2021 UFIC is pleased to announce new criteria for our three awards and certificates, intended to recognize the contributions of outstanding international students who are advancing and contributing to the global dimensions of UF’s missions of teaching, research, or service.

Nominees should be students who have distinguished themselves in various ways, including:

  • academic excellence
  • outstanding teaching and mentorship
  • community service and civic involvement
  • leadership and innovation
  • developing creative solutions to global problems
  • contributions to global research projects

Please see the links below for more information about the awards and certificates.

 

                    

The Alec Courtelis Awards for Outstanding Ph.D. Students

  • All 16 UF colleges may nominate a maximum of two Ph.D. students for this award.
  • Awardees will exhibit the highest level of research and academic excellence in addition to a strong connection to UF and the Gainesville community.
  • Three recipients will each receive $2,000 and a plaque.

Outstanding Post-Graduate International Student Awards

  • This award recognizes master’s and post-graduate professional level international students, including students in law, the health sciences, and related fields.
  • All 16 UF colleges may nominate a maximum of two students for this award.
  • Awardees will exhibit the highest level of academic and professional excellence in addition to an impact in the broader campus or local community.
  • Three recipients will each receive $1,500 and a plaque.

Outstanding Undergraduate International Student Awards

  • This award recognizes bachelor’s level international students in any major or discipline.
  • All 16 UF colleges may nominate a maximum of two students for this award.
  • Awardees will exhibit the highest level of academic excellence in addition to leadership and involvement with the broader campus or local community.
  • Three recipients will each receive $1,000 and a plaque.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility for these awards is limited to international students, holding a non-immigrant, J-1 or F-1 student visa in good standing, enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester, and maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. Colleges will receive a list of eligible students from UFIC; any questions about a specific student’s eligibility can be addressed to Sharon Brown at sbrown@ufic.ufl.edu.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Colleges are encouraged to work with department chairs and faculty to identify stellar international students for recognition. Colleges are free to develop their own internal review processes. Each college may nominate two students for each of the three awards.

Submissions should include the following documents, combined into one PDF:

  1. Nomination form
  2. A letter of nomination from the student’s advisor or other mentor
  3. One additional letter of support
  4. An essay or statement by the student addressing how he or she is contributing to the global dimensions of UF’s missions of teaching, research, and/or service (600-word limit)
  5. A current C.V.

Full nomination PDF packages should be emailed to Sharon Brown at sbrown@ufic.ufl.edu. Nominations should be combined into one PDF must be received by Monday, October 4, 2021.

REVIEW AND SELECTION OF WINNERS

A committee including UF faculty, administrators, and staff will review all nominations and select winners. Nomination packages will be evaluated on the criteria noted above as reflected in the letters and the student statements. The three recipients in each award category will be notified by Monday, November 1, 2021, via email.

CERTIFICATES OF OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Certificates of Outstanding Achievement provide colleges with an opportunity to recognize the exceptional contributions of a broader number of international students. Each college may submit the names of up to ten students to receive a certificate (CLAS may submit up to 15, and the College of Engineering may submit up to 20.)

The criteria for choosing students from the list of eligible students to be recognized with certificates will be determined by each college. We encourage colleges to work with department chairs and their faculty to review and consider not just academic achievements but also other ways in which these students have distinguished themselves. Please note there are no monetary awards attached to Certificates of Outstanding Achievement.

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

The awards and certificates will be presented at the International Student Achievement Award (ISAA) ceremony during International Education Week. This ceremony will take place in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 5:30-7:30. Monetary awards will be deposited directly into the student’s account and are subject to tax deductions.