Student Impact Awards

Do you know an undergraduate, graduate student, or student group on any University of Minnesota campus that has made significant contributions to creating a more sustainable future? Nominate them for the Student Impact Award!

Examples might be work for environmental justice, sustainability education, climate action, community-based work, a class project, etc. 

The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and the Office of Sustainability invite nominations for the inaugural systemwide Student Impact Awards, honoring undergraduate and graduate student efforts to lead the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Student Impact Awards Celebration, a virtual event on Wednesday April 20th, 4:30-6:00pm. Students receiving an award will receive $250, and collaborative projects will receive a $1000 student group grant.

Nominations are due Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 at noon

Undergraduate/Graduate Student Award Nomination >

Collaborative Student Team Award Nomination >


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How many students can receive an award?

  • Up to two undergraduate awards for students from the Rochester, Crookston and Morris campuses, up to 3 undergraduate awards at Duluth, and up to 4 undergraduate awards on the Twin Cities campus. 
  • Up to 2 graduate student awards per Rochester, Duluth and Twin Cities campus.  
  • One collaborative project per Rochester, Crookston, and Morris campuses, and up to two at the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses.

Who can be nominated?

Students being nominated must be registered students for spring semester 2022. At least one member of a team must be a registered student for spring semester 2022.

Who can nominate?

University faculty, staff, students, and community members can submit nominations. We will not be accepting self-nominations.

What is a “Collaborative Team Impact” award?

We seek to recognize groups of students who have worked together to effect change on their campus and community. Teams can be nominated if they are a registered student group OR have a staff or faculty member who can receive the student group grant of $1000 for use in the next year.