Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards (CSSLA)

Since 1973, the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards (CSSLA) ceremony has recognized outstanding student leaders and student volunteers who, while maintaining high academic achievement, demonstrate a commitment to the UIC community through participation in student organizations and campus activities and throughout the greater Chicagoland area through active service and community engagement.

Students may be nominated for the following awards, presented each year at the CSSLA program:

  • The Chancellor’s Student Service Award (CSSA)
  • The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award
  • The Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award
  • Center for Student Involvement Annual Awards
  • Induction into the Activities Honorary Society

This year's ceremony, on Thursday, April 15, 2021, was held virtually, due to the COVID-19 policy updates and precautions. Students and families were invited to attend a live, virtual ceremony, and students received their awards and certificates in the mail following the event.

The ceremony was live streamed for the full UIC community to view, at 5pm CT on Thursday, April 15. The recording is available at the link below.

Slides with Award Nomination and Recipient Details

Click on the link to visit the slides with the names of award nominees and recipients from the 2021 Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards ceremony.

2021 Award Recipients

Click here for the 2021 CSSLA Ceremony recording

Click here for the 2021 CSSLA Ceremony program

Award Details

If you are considering nominating a student for an individual award (the Center for Student Involvement Annual Awards nominations are a separate submission process), please review the award details for more information.
  • The Chancellor’s Student Service Award (CSSA)

    The Chancellor’s Student Service Award (CSSA) honors students who have made an outstanding contribution to the University through campus and community service. Student nominees must contribute a significant amount of time, effort, and creativity to one or more campus and/or community service project(s).

  • The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award

    The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award is given in recognition of the student(s) whose volunteer activities, whether on campus and/or in a community setting, demonstrate an outstanding level of caring, dedication, and selfless commitment to others. Nominees must have exhibited an exceptional contribution to a humanitarian need.

  • The Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award

    The Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award is presented to the students whose volunteers activity substantially addresses a distinct need in the community along with inspiring others to engage in volunteer service. Individual recipients must be involved in the creation of a new project or service to address such a need, and must demonstrate the highest level of dedication and selfless commitment to volunteer service.

  • Induction into the Activities Honorary Society

    The Activities Honorary Society recognizes undergraduate students whose participation in a variety of student organizations on campus has contributed to a better UIC community. Eligibile nominees must be associated with at least three diverse student organizations, with a key role in at least one of the three. Nominees must also be in good academic standing (2.5+ GPA), with at least 72 credit hours completed by the end of this academic year. Describe in detail the student’s involvement in the student organizations listed, and how their experiences in them have made a positive impact to the UIC community.

Nomination Process

Thank you for your interest in submitting a nomination for the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony. Please review each award category above before submitting a nomination.

All students selected to be honored at the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony will receive the Chancellor’s Student Service Award (CSSA) recognition. The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award, Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award, and Activities Honorary Society Induction are given to the few most deserving students as chosen by a selection committee.

Minimum requirements for all awards:

  • Currently enrolled student at UIC
  • Overall minimum GPA of 2.5 as indicated in the student’s university academic record

Upon submission of a nomination, students will be prompted via email to respond with their contact information, a resume or list of their involvement(s), and to accept the nomination, to ensure accuracy and to complete the nomination process. They will not be considered for an award without completion of that additional step.


The nomination form closed on February 15. 2021. Students had until February 28 to accept their nomination. 

Nomination Acceptance Process

To accept their nominations, students will need to complete a brief biography form, listing their name, UIN, email, mailing address, and a few other demographic details. Nominations that are not accepted through this process will not proceed into the committee review process for possible awards.

Students will also have the option to submit supplemental items, should they choose to do so, about their involvement experiences. While not required to be considered for an award, these will aid the committee in understanding your involvement on and off campus. Students who are planning to submit these details should be prepared to include the following details for each involvement experience they plan to list – organization name, position, dates, responsibilities, and reference/contact person and their position, relationship to you, and email/phone.

The selection committee will review completed, eligible nominations and select final award recipients. Students will be notified by early April via email if they will be receiving an award as part of the the 2021 CSSLA ceremony.

Consider Nominating a Student Org!

Starting February 1, 2021, nominate/apply for the 2021 Student Organization Awards, which recognize the achievement of our student leaders and their service on and off campus. The application for the four awards closes Sunday, March 15, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Outstanding Student Organization

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor

Outstanding NEW Student Organization (for groups in their first 2 years)

Commitment to Diversity Award (for program or initiatives to promote/support diversity)

Student Org Awards 2021