Nana Daronatsy Field Instructor of the Year Award
This award is given to a social worker in a community agency for distinguished service as a mentor and instructor in preparing students in the field for professional social work practice. The Field Instructor of the Year Award is based on student intern nominations, and the recipient is then decided upon by Auburn University Social Work faculty.
Social Work Alumni of the Year Award
This award acknowledges and honors an Auburn graduate who is making an outstanding professional contribution to the field of social work and is known for her/his contributions to the larger community. The honoree exemplifies the best professional values, and has made a positive impact through professional of social work practice.
BASW Social Work Student Awards
Outstanding BASW Student Service and Leadership Award
This award is presented to any BASW student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to what it means to be a student social worker committed to change. Through their commitment the student must have tangibly contributed to the school climate, campus activities, engagement in service, fostered and participated in community outreach, given selflessly of themselves through time, and talent, and above all, they must have engaged in these efforts not just as a member but as a leader. They must do so while maintaining a 3.0 or above GPA.
BASW Student Award for Resilience
This award is presented to a social work student graduating in either spring or fall who has demonstrated a) academic persistence, determination, and growth, b) the ability to overcome a personal difficulty or challenge, and c) transformation into a positive role model.
BASW Student Award for Commitment to Social Justice
This award is presented to a social work student graduating in either spring or fall who has demonstrated a) commitment and dedication to the ideals of social justice and b) promoted awareness about oppression and issues of diversity, equality of opportunity, and social change efforts.
Outstanding BASW Student of the Year
This award is presented to a graduating BASW student who demonstrated leadership in the program, the community and/or the field practicum site; maintained an outstanding academic performance with a minimum university GPA of 3.0 and a GPA in social work courses of a 3.5; demonstrated active engagement, creativity, and innovation within the classroom; demonstrated excellent teamwork skills; demonstrated a commitment and dedication to the ideals of social justice through their activities while a student in the social work program; and demonstrated a strong commitment to social work values through their activities while in the social work program.
The BASW program director makes a call for nominations. Nominations may come from self, students, or faculty. Nominations should be submitted in Qualtrics by March 1. All social work faculty review nominations and select awardee. Students are notified of award receipt in April.
MSW Social Work Student Awards
Leadership and Service Award
This award is presented to a graduating MSW student who has demonstrated leadership and service to the program, the university and the community while completing their graduate degree. Nominations may be submitted by faculty and students.
Social Justice Award
This award is presented to a graduating MSW student who has demonstrated a commitment and dedication to the ideals of social justice through his or her activities while a student in the social work program. Nominations may be submitted by faculty and students.
Excellence in the Field Award
This award is presented to a graduating MSW student who has demonstrated professional practice skills, relationship building with clients, a concern for human dignity, made continued efforts towards cultural competency, and a commitment to the social work profession in the field education experience. Nominations may be submitted by field instructors, faculty, and students.
Excellence in Social Work Award
This award is presented to an MSW student within the foundation curriculum who has demonstrated a) academic excellence, b) strong field performance, c) potential for professional achievement and e) embodies professional social work values and ethics. Nominations may be submitted by faculty and students.