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Submit Your Nominations By Friday, March 15, 2024 @ 5:00 PM.

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Andrew Kessler and Josh Vail

The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) coordinates the annual National Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) program in collaboration with MASEA and our member institutions. The intent of this award is to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while pursuing higher education.

The process begins at the institutional level. Supervisors may nominate an outstanding employee for recognition as their institutions’ student employee of the year. Then, any institution that is a member of MASEA may submit their selected student employee of the year for State and Regional consideration. If the Regional winner is from an institution that is also an NSEA member, the student will be moved forward for National consideration, as well.


Andrew Kessler, a sophomore studying information technology who is a student assistant for the IT Help Desk, was Student Employee of the Year 2023.

RULES AND REGULATIONS for Student Employee of the Year 

1.  All undergraduate student employees working in student employment positions hired through on-campus student employment. Graduate Assistants are ineligible along with students working for our partners affiliated with campus.  

2.  Students must have worked for at least 6 consecutive months to be eligible.  If your student does not already have the 6 months they can still be entered as long as they will meet the requirement by May 2024.

3.  Only one student per department can be nominated.

4. Nominations will be judged based on the nomination letter submitted by the supervisor.

Full Nomination Rubric 

How To Nominate Your Student 

Submission Instructions


Nominations will need to include a cover letter that contains the following information:

  • Student Name (First and Last)
  • Student Email Address
  • Student Job Title
  • Supervisor Name
  • Supervisor Email
  • Department where the student position is held


Nominations should be in letter format (2 page maximum – not including cover page) and include the following requirements:

  • Opening Statement
  • Describe why you are nominating the student for recognition.  Please be sure to connect your student employee's accomplishments to the criteria for one of the career competency categories below.
    • Community Service:  Student employee’s work makes an impact on the university and/or beyond the university community; and that impact will be felt even after the job is complete.
    • Diversity & Inclusion: Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism. 
    • Leadership: Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals. 
    • Technology & Innovation:  Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.
    • Critical Thinking: Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.
  • Closing statement


Nomination Letters are due by Friday March 15, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. and can be submitted to StudentEmpServ@UToledo.Edu

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Last Updated: 5/13/24