Flowers at the 2019 PSLSA Reception
Honoring Outstanding Student Leaders

Nomination Information

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the PSLSA, an individual must:

  1. Be an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student enrolled at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities for at least one semester between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
  2. Have minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA as of Spring 2020
  3. Be nominated by a University student, staff, or faculty member between January 13, 2020 and February 3, 2020 at 5:00pm.
  4. Submit a student addendum by Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Nomination Instructions

Students must be nominated by University of Minnesota students, staff, or faculty before 5:00pm on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Upon submission of your nomination, nominees are immediately notified to submit the student addendum form. Nominees are provided instructions on how to complete the addendum. The addendum form is due before 5:00pm on Monday, February 10, 2020.

The PSLSA nomination form asks for identifying information on the nominator and the nominee, and for one 250-word essay that addresses the following:

Please describe the nominee's leadership strengths, accomplishments, and contributions to the University community in relation to up to three of the University of Minnesota Student Development Outcomes.

The nomination essay should include details regarding the student's leadership strengths, accomplishments, and contributions to the University and greater community in relation to up to three Student Development Outcomes (see below).

The nomination essay should provide clear examples of ways that the student demonstrated leadership. Activities mentioned in the essays must take place between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. If referring to contributions that are required as part of a nominee's employment, please explain their effort beyond the expected duties of the position.

Student Development Outcomes

The Student Development Outcomes were created to describe the critical elements of the student experience and to assist students in becoming lifelong learners and engaged citizens after they leave the University. Please see the Student Development Outcomes page for more detailed descriptions.

  1. Responsibility and Accountability: Making appropriate decisions on behavior and accepting the consequences of one’s actions.
  2. Independence and Interdependence: Knowing when to collaborate or seek help and when to act independently.
  3. Goal Orientation: Managing one’s energy and attention to achieve specific outcomes.
  4. Self Awareness: Knowing one’s personal strengths and talents and acknowledging one’s shortcomings.
  5. Resilience: Recovering and learning from setbacks or disappointments
  6. Appreciation of Differences: Recognizing the value of interacting with individuals with backgrounds or perspectives different from one’s own.
  7. Tolerance of Ambiguity: Demonstrating the ability to perform in complicated environments where clear-cut answers or standard operating procedures are absent.