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College of Social Science
Achievement Gala


The College of Social Science Achievement Gala debuted in 2015, founded by Micaela Procopio and Leigh Rauk, to honor students who would not otherwise be acknowledged for their contributions to the College of Social Science. The Gala is a spring event, usually in April.

Our next Gala is April 26, 2019.

2017_CSS_Gala-0687_sm.jpgThe Awards

Each of the following awards are presented to one student exemplifying the award. A description of each award and the specific application link are below. Students are encouraged to nominate themselves and to share a link to this page with people they feel are good candidates for one of the awards.

All awards have the following common requirements:

  1. Must be pursuing a primary major within the College of Social Science
  2. Maintain a Cumulative GPA at or above 3.25
  3. Must be of junior (56-87 credits) or senior (88 or more credits) standing
  4. Submission of the online application containing a Letter of Motivation, current resume, and contact information for one reference

Award applications are open!! 

Deadline for entry is 28 February 2019 by 5 pm

Students may only apply for one of the awards per year.

2017_CSS_Gala-1192_sm.jpgHumanitarian Award - Students providing support, aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of crises. This impact could be global, regional, or local in nature. Online application - Humanitarian Award application (or copy and paste this link in your browser:

Outstanding Leadership Award - Students who demonstrate initiative and leadership towards their peers or within the community. This leadership position should make a positive impact on either the student’s personal, professional, or academic environment, or the community as a whole. Online application -  Outstanding Leadership Award application  (or copy and paste this link in your browser:

2017_CSS_Gala-0995_sm.jpgUndergraduate Research Award -  Students demonstrating a drive and passion for furthering research in the fields with the College of Social Science. This research can either be independent research or a continuation of ongoing research. The research must be original and enhance the academic and/or professional future of the student. Online application - Undergraduate Research Award application (or copy and paste this link in your browser:



2017_CSS_Gala-1123_sm.jpgGet Involved

There are many opportunities to become involved with the Gala. The planning committee spends the year coordinating the event. There are many leadership opportunities within the Gala committee.

Subcommittees include:

  • Internal Relations, focusing on the awards application and selection of winners;

  • Promotions, which advertises the event through press releases and promotion of fund-raising events;

  • Events, which produces the actual event, such as securing the venue, food, invitations and the program.

We invite any interested Social Science student to join a committee. It is a great leadership opportunity and fosters friendships with other students in the College of Social Science - which was our intention for the Gala from the start!

If you are interested in joining, you must have a Major in the College of Social Science. Please email the College of Social Science Student Affairs - academic.affairs(at)