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Excellence in Student Life Award

Excellence in Student Life Award

The Excellence in Student Life Award (formally Alpha Sigma Lambda) was founded in 1964 to honor students who represent the guiding principles of Engagement, Scholarship and Leadership.

The award exists to foster and encourage students to aspire to the goals of engagementin activities, excellence in scholarship, and the practice of responsible leadership. It also serves as the University's formal recognition of those students who meet the standards and qualify for membership.

  • Being a recipient allows our undergraduate senior student's recognition for outstanding academic achievement and campus leadership.
  • They receive a medal to wear for graduation.
  • They are invited to a special event hosted by the campus leadership honoring all recipients.
  • Student honorees invite a mentor from faculty or staff as their guest, to be recognized as having a profound impact on their academic and leadership success. 
  • Student's name is engraved on a plaque in the Student Alumni Union joining more than 700 RIT Alumni already honored.

In order to be eligible for nomination, the student must meet the following criteria: full time, matriculated student in the final year of a four/five-year undergraduate degree program or dual degree program. Candidates must have a minimum of a 3.4 cumulative GPA at the end of the fall semester of their application year and must graduate by the end of the following fall semester; be an active member for one full year in at least two University activities, organizations, or committees; and have demonstrated leadership position(s). The quality of the leadership shall be determined by holding high elected or appointed office for the total term of that particular office (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chairperson, Director, Captain (Co-Captain), or significant contributions to the University through active participation in a club or activity. 

Nominees will be judged on the basis of scholarship, active participation and contributions in activities, and leadership in academic and co-curricular student activities. Both paid and voluntary activities will be considered. Service to the University community will also be considered in the selection process.