Nominations open for third annual Y-Work Awards

Students working in the library
(Photo credit: Michael Marsland)

Dean of Yale College Marvin Chun recently announced the third year of the Y-Work Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Employees. The award, which is accepting nominations now through March 6, recognizes undergraduates whose dedication to their on-campus jobs have a positive impact on the Yale community.

All Yale faculty and staff who supervise undergraduate student workers are encouraged to nominate student employees at the Y-Work webpage. All current undergraduates who have worked a term-time job are eligible.

In his announcement, Chun wrote that through on-campus employment, many Yale students “acquire and apply new skills, receive valuable professional mentoring, and improve their readiness for careers after graduation.”

The Y-Work Award seeks to honor those students whose impact through their campus job has been particularly noteworthy. A committee comprised of representatives from the Offices of Career Strategy, Financial Aid, Public Affairs and Communications, Student Financial Services, and Undergraduate Admissions will select student winners to be honored later this spring. The 10 winners of last year’s Y-Work Awards represented a wide range of Yale departments, laboratories, museums, and resource centers.

Previous Y-Work Award winners

According to the Student Employment Office, more than 3,500 Yale Undergraduates held at least one on-campus job in 2018-2019— representing over 60% of the undergraduate population. Undergraduates worked in offices and departments across campus, from the Afro American Cultural Center to the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library to the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Jeanine Dames, director of the Office of Career Strategy and a Y-Work committee member, said, “On-campus jobs are a fantastic way to gain exposure to a new field, to develop and expand skill sets, and to begin building a professional network.” Dames noted that many Yale students add to their résumés and establish important professional references for future employment and graduate school after working at Yale. “There’s an enormous variety of on-campus job opportunities, but many jobs are team-based, require long-term strategic planning, and involve mission-critical projects. These types of experiences can really help prepare our students for their futures after Yale,” she said. 

Supervisors may nominate their student employees from now until Friday, March 6 at the Y-Work web page.

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