Student Employee of the Year Recognition Program

MSU Student Employee of the Year Award Reception

Thursday, April 28, 2020
7:00 p.m.

Thank you for visiting our site. Due to the current circumstance, our staff is working remotely. Regrettably, the physical event has been cancelled. Please watch our website for updates on a virtual Student Life Student Employee of The Year event. 

National Student Employment Week
April 12-18, 2020

Nominations are accepted through February 14, 2020

MSU student employees provide valuable assistance to meet the mission and goals of Michigan State University. The Student Employee of the Year Award Program is your opportunity to recognize these outstanding student employees for their contributions to your department and the University.
The MSU Student Employee of the Year Recognition Program is sponsored by The Division of Student Affairs and Services, Department of Student Life.

  • A National Student Employee of the Year will be selected in April based on institution nominations.

Student Employee of the Year 2020 Nomination Guidelines


Nominee must be:

  • Currently registered in an MSU degree-granting program.
  • Employed on student employee payroll for a minimum of three months between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.
    *Please note: graduate assistants, residence hall staff and other student employees who do not fall under the jurisdiction of MSU Student Employment or the Student Employee Payroll may not be nominated for this award. They are eligible for other recognition programs.


The student should have demonstrated some, if not all, of the following performance qualities:

  • RELIABILITY: Dependable; completes projects and assignments successfully in a timely manner; regular attendance.
  • QUALITY OF WORK: Produces work of consistent high quality.
  • INITIATIVE: Works independently; requires little supervision; looks for new challenges.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: Exhibits high standards; works well with other employees.
  • UNIQUENESS OF CONTRIBUTION: Approaches projects in a creative way; provides original contributions to the workplace.


Please describe the duties and accomplishments of the nominee which you feel qualify your student to be considered for the award. Please keep the following qualities in mind: reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution. Make it as comprehensive as possible to give your nominee the best chance to win this award.


Submit nomination by February 14, 2020.
Click here to submit  – NOMINATION FORM


All nominees will be honored with certificates. The MSU Student Employee winner’s name is submitted for consideration for the State of Michigan competition. If they win the state award, they will go on for consideration in the Midwest and national recognition programs through the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators and the National Student Employment Association. Those winners are eligible for monetary awards.


All nominees will be acknowledged at the reception on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Big Ten A. Nominees, their nominators and guests are all invited to attend. Nominee’s will be asked to RSVP for themselves and guests.
Click here to confirm attendance  – CEREMONY RSVP FORM