Student Employee Appreciation Week: April 9 - 15, 2017

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.

Approximately 70% of our students work in on-campus jobs, in various capacities, contributing greatly to the overall operation of Bowdoin College. Student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. At the same time, they develop important skills and experience.

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.

In addition, this year we are introducing the Student Employee Appreciation Poster initiative.  Contact SEO ( to request a poster board.  All posters will be on display during the Annual Student Employee of the Year Reception on Friday, April 14, 2017.  Photos of the poster will be available through our Facebook page.    

Student Employee of the Year

Students perform invaluable work for departments across the Bowdoin campus with dedication, initiative and enthusiasm.  We want to recognize and appreciate the students who make contributions to the operation of the college through their work on campus.

The Student Employment Office invites you to nominate an outstanding student employee whose performance during the summer of 2016 or the 2016-17 academic year has exceeded your expectations. All those nominated will be recognized during a reception in April.

To nominate a student, please complete and submit a Nomination Form by Thursday, March 23, 2017.  The form has changed this year and the information will be captured through Qualtrics.  Nominations will be judged based on reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and the uniqueness of the student’s contribution to the campus employer. 

Please note that Bowdoin's Student Employment Advisory Board, comprised of supervisors from across campus, will review the nominations and select the Bowdoin Student Employee of the Year. The student who is selected will receive an award and a prize.

Student Employee Recognition Guidelines

Who should a supervisor nominate?

  • A “one in five years” type of employee who has surpassed your expectations and is considered an invaluable 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 should be hourly student employees and not research fellows, as this is not an academic award.

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

  • 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.

Also, please contact the SEO directly if you have more than 3 exemplary student employees to nominate. We will review your request and determine whether or not an exception may be offered.

Past Recipients

Year Student Name Department
2007 Brandon Bouchard Student Affairs and Admissions
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