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Nominations Open for Student Employee of the Year

Student employee.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 1, 2021) — One key part of the University of Kentucky’s mission is to prepare students to succeed once they leave campus. In addition to the education they receive inside the classroom, many students also gain valuable experience in the workforce as UK student employees. 

This year has been a challenge for all of us. Now more than ever, it is important to recognize our students' contributions to our workforce.

If you have an outstanding student employee working in your area, please consider nominating them for the Student Employee of the Year award. The award recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and initiative in their work.

Nominations are open now through April 2. In order to be considered, students must: 

  • Currently be work-study or hourly student employees at UK. 
  • Have completed or expect to complete at least six months of part-time or three months of full-time employment before April 2021. 
  • Be in a UK undergraduate degree program and enrolled at least half time for both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. 

Submit your nomination here.

UK HR Student Employment will recognize all nominated student employees and their nominating supervisors.

If you have questions about nominating a Student Employee of the Year, please contact Sadie Barton at

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.