Honouring the best in NUS students’ achievements
This October, join Office of Student Affairs as we celebrate the contributions and achievements of students at two prestigious award ceremonies. Click the links below to understand the awards eligibility criteria:
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Find out more about the Award categories:
Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards
Inaugurated in 2009 with the generous support of the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation, the Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards celebrates artistic excellence in NUS, and recognises significant contributions to the arts and arts management at NUS CFA, the University and the wider community.
The Leadership category seeks to recognise Student Leaders who have significantly enhanced Student Life through their leadership qualities and the embodiment of the core values of NUS:
- Innovation: Development and implementation of new ways to enhance student life, including creativity in leadership.
- Resilience: Demonstration of adaptability, resourcefulness, balance and determination.
- Excellence: Effectiveness in execution of projects, demonstrating the ability to consider the big picture and consider the more intricate details to ensure smooth implementation of projects.
- Respect: Acknowledgement and celebration of diversity of team members, role modelling a culture of mutual respect where others are treated fairly, seeking to understand and consider others’ viewpoints and needs, even when they contradict with their own.
- Integrity: Taking responsibility for actions and being honest, ethical and transparent in actions, decisions and communication, with a commitment to learning and doing what is right, even when it is difficult or unpopular.
The Community Impact category seeks to recognise inspiring projects that have made a significant impact in the following fields: community service (local and/or overseas); social integration; sustainability; health and well-being; promotion of arts or sports
The key consideration for this award is demonstration of the impact a project had on the community, measured in the following ways:
- Articulation of how project’s goals have been met, providing an assessment of short-term and projected long-term positive impact on the community served.
- Explanation of how project objectives were developed/created prior to commencement, highlighting any assessment framework utilised.
- Where relevant, high level of interpersonal interaction and direct communication with the outreach community.
- Sustainability of project
- New initiatives undertaken by the group to meet an unmet need or benefit an underserved population
- Reflection of the impact (learning achieved and personal growth) from the project organisers and participants.
This award recognises individuals or teams who have represented NUS in a competition and have excelled in the international, regional and/or national level. This includes, but is not limited to, non-varsity sports-based competitions as well as Hackathons, Moots or Debates. The teams’ result must be in the top 3 of the competition and there must be at least 5 other competing teams.
Staff Advisor Recognition
The Staff Advisor category seeks to recognise individuals who have demonstrated commitment to support the growth and development of the student organisation they were advising. The Staff Advisor must be nominated by the Exco of the student organisation.
They are recognised for the fulfilment of the following:
- Assisted Student Organisation in setting meaningful and realistic goals to contribute to educational and personal development of student leaders and to strategic growth of the Organisation.
- Played an active role with the student leadership team, rendering advice and mentorship as circumstances required.
- Provided learning opportunities for student leaders to exercise initiative, judgement and a proper measure of autonomy in self-directed social and educational activities.
- Advised student leaders in the evaluation all major plans and activities, ensuring alignment with the goals set and compliance with relevant National and University policies and regulations.
- Reminded student leaders of the required trainings as mandated by the University. Assisted student leaders in evaluating performance and success of projects at end of term of office.
- Facilitated continuity within the Student Organisation, cognizant that student leadership turnover is high and the only link with the immediate past is often the Staff Advisor.
Sports Team of the Year
The Sports Team of the Year category recognises high-performing sports teams. This category is open to varsity sports teams who have represented NUS in competitions.
Teams’ must meet the following requirements:
- Consistent outstanding sporting achievements (i.e. top 3) in tertiary, national, international competitions or equivalent with the following conditions: Tertiary competition: At least 3 other competing university teams or 6 other competing tertiary institution; National/ Open competition: At least 6 other competing teams; International competition: At least 6 other competing teams
- Displayed exemplary sportsmanship, conduct, and team spirit
- Contributed to the community through organising/supporting/coordinating Inter-Faculty Games; facilitating teamNUS Summit; or organising/participating in any community building/service projects
Sportsman/Sportswoman of the Year
The Sportsman/Sportswoman of the Year Award seeks to recognise high-performing male and female sporting individuals with an exceptional track record of achievements. This category is only open to varsity athletes who have represented NUS in competitions.
Applicants who have taken on leadership roles (e.g. varsity leaders or any other student leadership positions) will be given additional consideration. Individuals must have performed their leadership role well, and shown exemplary conduct in administrative matters.
Individuals must also meet the following requirements:
- Consistent outstanding sporting achievements (i.e. top 3) in tertiary, national, and international competitions equivalent with the following conditions: Tertiary competition: At least 3 other competing university teams or 6 other competing tertiary institution; National/ Open competition: At least 6 other competing teams; International competition: At least 6 other competing teams
*This includes athletes who have done exceptionally well in their matches despite their team not emerging top in the tournament e.g. top tertiary singles but team not 1st in SUniG or IVP
- Been instrumental in the team’s achievements (for team sport athletes)
- Displayed exemplary sportsmanship, and conduct
- Contributed to the community through:
- organising/supporting/coordinating Inter-Faculty Games;
- facilitating teamNUS Summit; or organising/participating in any community building/service projects
Of all the award categories, one has been reserved for the NUS community to decide via collective vote -- the Campus Choice category!
Two awards will be presented in this category, one for individual student leaders, and the other for student team/project group. Nominees in the Campus Choice category comprises Distinction or Merit award recipients from other categories within the NUS Achievement Awards, so you can be sure that they are outstanding in their areas of student life involvement!
By casting your vote, you are selecting the NUS student leader or team/project group is most deserving of your admiration as an NUS role model in co-curricular achievement.
Cast your votes from now till 26 Oct 2023 here.
Award recipients exclusives!
NAA recipients stand to receive these accolades:
- Award mention at NUS Commencement and in NUS Student Life transcript
- Invitation to the award ceremony in Oct with family
- Award certificate and commemorative pin
- NUS digital badge for LinkedIn and your CV