Student Employee Appreciation Week: April 9 - 15, 2018

The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) designates one week each year for universities and colleges across the country to recognize the substantial contributions of students who work on-campus jobs.

During the National Student Employee Appreciation Week, and throughout the year, we encourage supervisors to thank their student employees and let them know that their work is valued. Please download our tips on ways to recognize your student employees.

Participate in the Student Employee Appreciation Poster initiative!  Contact SEO ( to request a poster board.  Decorate the board showing appreciation for your student employees.  Posters will be on display during the Annual Student Employee of the Year Reception in April.  Photos of the posters will be available through our Facebook page.   

Student Employee of the Year & Rookie of the Year Awards

Students perform invaluable work for departments across the Bowdoin campus with dedication, initiative and enthusiasm.  We want to recognize and appreciate the students who contribute to the operation of the college through their work on campus.  This year, in addition to the Student Employee of the Year Award, we are introducing a NEW award category, Rookie of the Year.

Nominate an outstanding student employee whose performance during the summer of 2017 or the 2017-18 academic year has exceeded your expectations! To nominate a student, please complete and submit a Nomination Form by Friday, March 2, 2018.  Students will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Reliability
  • Quality of Work
  • Initiative
  • Professionalism
  • Uniqueness of Contribution to Employer

The members of Bowdoin's Student Employment Advisory Board will evaluate all nominations. The winner selected for each category will receive an award and a prize. All nominees will be recognized during a reception on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Student Employee of the Year

The Student Employee of the Year award recognizes an outstanding student employee who has made a positive impact on the college and has demonstrated exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative, and professionalism.

Who should a supervisor nominate?

  • A super-star employee who has far surpassed your expectations and is considered an instrumental member of the team.
  • Nominees must have worked full or part-time during the summer before nomination or have worked part-time during the current academic year.
  • Nominees must have completed a minimum of either three months of full-time work or six months of part-time work by April 1st of the recognition year
  • Nominees must be hourly student employees and NOT research fellows, as this is not an academic award.

Rookie of the Year

The Rookie of the Year award recognizes a student employee who has recently joined your department and shown exemplary work ethic, dedication, and enthusiasm in their new position.

Who should a supervisor nominate?

  • A NEW student hired by your department who “hit the ground running”.  This student was recently hired and they have jumped right in - quickly learning the job, demonstrating initiative, reliability, and professionalism.  This student has rapidly become an invaluable member of your team! 
  • A student who has only worked one semester (fall 2017 or spring 2018) or over the summer 2017. 
  • Nominees must be hourly student employees and NOT research fellows, as this is not an academic award.

Note: This category is NOT limited to first years.  The student can be in any class year, just new to a job in your department/office. 


How many students can we nominate?
Departments may nominate one or many students depending upon the size of the department per award category.

  • 0 – 30 Student Employees = One Nomination
  • 30 – 100 Student Employees = Two Nominations
  • 100+ Student Employees = Three Nominations

Note: Please, only one nomination per area supervisor.

Complete a Nomination Form today!

Past Recipients

Year Student Name Department
2008 Lara Finnegan Dining Services
2009 Nick Dunn Registrar's Office
2010 Orondé Cruger Student Activities
2011 Danica Loucks Dining Services
2012 Chelsea Noble Student Affairs
2013 Nate Miller Off-Campus Study, Health Professions Advising, and Student Fellowships and Research 
2014 Alexandra Pigott Student Activities
2015 Felix Emiliano H-L Library
2016 Joan Yego H-L Library
2017 Mariette Aborn Admissions