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National Student Employment Week

Celebrating the Contributions of Student Employees 

The University of Central Missouri's Human Resources Office has created events for a week-long celebration on the 2nd full week of April, April 10th - 14th to recognize the campus student employees.  This is an occasion devoted to our hard-working, dedicated students that serve the departments of the University of Central Missouri. 

2023 Student Employee of the Year

Sydney Schwartz - 1st place winner

1st Place - Sydney Schwartz

Sydney works for the Career and Life Design Center. She received a $500 award sponsored by American Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Grace Hagood - Second Place Winner

2nd Place - Grace Hagood

Grace works for the Advising Center. She received a $250 award sponsored by McConnell & Associates.

Jace Uchtman - Third Place Winner

3rd Place - Jace Uchtman

Jace works for the Marketing & Communications Department. He received a $100 award sponsored by the Missouri Division of Social Services.

UCM National Student Employment Week

Student Employees

Allow Us to Show Our Appreciation

Monday, April 10th, 2023
Student employees are encouraged to stop by the Office of Human Resources (Administration, 100) to enjoy a free coffee and breakfast bar from 8:30am - 11:00am. Student employees will receive an email with an RSVP link as well as a ticket. The student must have the physical ticket present to participate in this event.

The Student Employee of the Year Recognition Banquet will be held on Monday, April 10th from 4:00pm - 5:00pm.  This event is by invite only.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2023
Be on the lookout on UCM social media platforms for a word from Dr. Best!

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

Thursday, April 13th, 2023
UCM is one "lucky duck" to have you as an employee!  Find the rubber ducks hidden all over campus!  For every rubber duck you find and bring to HR, you will receive a prize as well as an entry to the SEOTY big prize!

Friday, April 14th, 2023

Department Day - Departments, please find a way to celebrate your student workers for all their hard work and dedication to your department.


Recognizing Student Employee Contributions

Each year, the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) declares a full week in April to be National Student Employment Week.

Human Resources at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) is a member of NSEA. Here at UCM, over 1,000 students are employed by the university, playing a key role in our educational and operational excellence.

Student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. At the same time, they develop important skills and experience that will assist them in their future careers.

UCM Student Employee of the Year Nomination Process (SEOTY)

The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college.

The criteria to be eligible to be nominated for SEOTY:

  • Student employees must have worked a minimum of six months full-time between June 2021-May 2022.
  • Student must be in an undergraduate program; graduate students and teaching assistants are not eligible for this award. 

    Nominate a Student Here

Students will be evaluated on the following qualities:

  1. Community Service
  2. Diversity & inclusion
  3. Leadership
  4. Technology & Innovation
  5. Critical Thinking

The UCM Student Employee of the Year Committee are comprised of faculty and staff across campus.

Timeline of Events for Supervisors

2023 Timetable


Regional Coordinators distribute announcement and application materials to their members and NSEA members in their region.

February 8

UCM SEOTY nominations are due to the Human Resources by February 8th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

February 17

All nominations are provided to the nomination committee. The nomination committee rubrics are due to Human Resources by February 17th at 5:00pm


The top three employees evaluated from the nomination committee will then move onto the interview committee to again be evaluated to determine UCM's first, second. and third place winners.

March 1

UCM's first place winner is submitted to MASEA by March 1, 2023.


National Student Employee of the Year is selected and winner's school is notified by the NSEA President.

April 10 - 14

National Student Employment Week observed April 10th - 14th. National SEOTY winner announced and runner-up finalists notified. National SEOTY award is presented at winner's campus.


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