College Chapter Awards

The College Chapter Awards Program is modeled after the Professional of the Year Awards, with four categories and one overarching award for overall excellence selected from among the applicants. Chapters compete in the following categories: Fundraising and Marketing, Recruitment and Retention, Outreach and Community Service, and Professional and Chapter Development.

Recipient of the 2016 Stelvio J. Zanin Chapter of the Year - University of North Dakota AISES chapter
The AISES Chapter of the Year Award is presented for overall achievement by a college chapter in the promotion of the principles and goals of the AISES. 

2016 Recruitment/Retention Chapter Award - University of Alaska-Fairbanks AISES chapter
Recruitment and Retention are crucial aspects of ensuring that AISES’ network of more than 170 college chapters remains vibrant and strong.

2016 Professional & Chapter Development Award - University of North Dakota AISES chapter
Professional and chapter development is a long-range AISES goal. A primary goal of AISES chapters is to ensure that upon graduation, their members are prepared to enter the workforce.  Stanford University received the Stelvio J. Zanin Chapter of the Year Award for 2008.

2016 Outreach & Community Service Award - No winner
Outreach and community service are the cornerstones of AISES’ goal to ensure that its student chapter members and leaders across the country help maintain strong relationships locally by staying active in local efforts and providing valuable services such as mentoring and serving as role models to the younger students interested in science and engineering.

2016 Marketing & Fundraising Award - No winner
Successful fundraising strategies and designed marketing plans/tools to carry out chapter fundraising functions are important skills for chapters and their members.

Application for the 2017 Awards

AISES Chapter Awards Program:

Chapters may apply to no more than two (2) Award Categories.  The Award Categories are:

  1. Recruitment/Retention
  2. Fundraising/Marketing
  3. Outreach & Community Service
  4. Professional & Chapter Development           

Chapters are eligible to win in both categories they are applying for.

Application Process:

All applications packets must adhere to the application guidelines:

  1. AISES Chapter Awards Application
  2. Cover letter summarizing qualifications of award
  3. Nomination letter by the Chapter Advisor
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals with whom the chapter has had contact
  5. Report highlighting criteria for selected Award Category (Report should be no longer than six pages, single sided, double spaced.)
  6. Multi-media presentation

All information submitted in the application should be based on previous year’s activities.  No supplemental material will be accepted (i.e., newsletters, brochures, etc.).

Evaluation of Applications:

Things to keep in mind when completing the application process and compiling your summary of activities/events:

  • How effective is your chapter’s program in which you are applying for recognition?
  • Who does it impact?
  • How unique are the strategies/plans your chapter has designed and implemented?
  • What is the percentage of improvement from previous years?
  • How can other chapters benefit from these strategies and ideas?

AISES Stelvio J. Zanin Distinguished Chapter of the Year Award:

The AISES Chapter of the Year Award is presented for overall achievement by a college chapter in the promotion of the principles and goals of the AISES.  One chapter is selected from among all Chapter Awards applicants.  AISES will no longer offer a separate application process for the Chapter of the Year Award.

Program Expectations

Chapter of the Year and Category Award winners will be encouraged to participate in AISES events and venues thought the year.  AISES will provide one free registration to the AISES Leadership Conference for one member of the Chapter of Year and Category Award Chapters to share their successes among other chapters.

Award Disclaimer:

  1. AISES Chapter of the Year must sit out one year before applying to the AISES Chapter Awards Program.
  2. Chapters are only allowed to receive the same Category Awards no more than two consecutive years.

CATEGORY Awards Criteria:

Recruitment/Retention Chapter Award – One award will be given to the Chapter that demonstrates unique and creative strategies and outreach activities to recruit new members and retain current members.  The Recruitment/Retention Award will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Recruitment Program
  2. Retention Program
  3. Chapter recruitment and retention numbers
  4. Uniqueness of chapter recruitment/retention programs
  5. Adherence to AISES Principles

Each criteria is evaluated equally (20 points each).

Fundraising/Marketing Chapter Award – One award will be given to the Chapter that has planned and carried out successful fundraising strategies and designed a marketing plan/tool to carry out fundraising functions.  The Fundraising/Marketing Award will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Chapter Fundraising
  2. Chapter Marketing
  3. Chapter fundraising/marketing success story
  4. Uniqueness of chapter’s fundraising and marketing strategies
  5. Adherence to AISES Principles ​

Each criteria is evaluated equally (20 points each).

Outreach & Community Service Chapter Award – One award will be given to the Chapter that has organized and conducted community service projects, developed outreach strategies to included AISES K-12 schools and schools within their community.  The Outreach & Community Service Award will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Community Service Activities
  2. Outreach Programs
  3. Chapter community service and outreach success story
  4. Uniqueness of chapter’s community service and outreach
  5. Adherence to AISES Principles

Each criteria is evaluated equally (20 points each).

Professional & Chapter Development Chapter Award – One award will be given to the chapter that offers programs and opportunities for professional and leadership development for their members through chapter activities, seminars, guest speakers, etc.  The Professional & Chapter Development Award will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Professional Development Program
  2. Chapter Development Program
  3. Participation
  4. Uniqueness of chapter’s personal and chapter development programs
  5. Adherence to AISES Principles

Each criteria is evaluated equally (20 points each).

Application Deadline:  November 1, 2017 (received)

Application for the 2017 Awards