ISL Award Recipients

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Each spring semester, ISL hosts the annual Leadership & Volunteer Banquet where the following awards are presented. While some awards require an application, others are selected by ISL staff based on the criteria listed.  Information about applying for a specific award is below. Awards are presented to current ISL-advised organizations as well as students actively involved in ISL programs and services during the academic year.

Student Organization Awards

This award is presented to the student organization that hosted an event that went above and beyond to build community both within their organization and the UGA community at large. 

2018-2019: Persian Student Union

2017-2018: Brazilian Student Association 

2016-2017: Filipino Student Association

2015-2016: Indian Student Association & Taiwanese Student Association

This award is presented to the student organization that hosted an event that brought awareness of a global or local issue to the UGA campus. 

2018-2019: Arab Cultural Association

2017-2018: Caribbean Student Association 

2016-2017: Students for Justice in Palestine 

2015-2016: African Student Union

This award is presented to the student organization that hosted an event to bring awareness of deep cultural concepts to the UGA campus. 

2018-2019: African Student Union

2017-2018: African Student Union 

2016-2017: Brazilian Student Association 

2015-2016: Pakistani Student Association

This award is presented to the student organization that promoted and maintained a high standard of community involvement that includes on-going community service initiatives and/or fundraising and philanthrophy activities. 

2018-2019: Carribean Student Association

2017-2018: Vietnamese Student Association 

2016-2017: Vietnamese Student Association 

2015-2016: Filipino Student Association 

This award is presented to the student organization that has consistently developed creative and innovative marketing materials to promote their organization and its events. 

2018-2019: Vietnamese Student Association

2017-2018: Indian Student Association

2016-2017: Caribbean Student Association

This award is presented to the student organization that has shown significant improvement throughout the academic year.  

2018-2019: Arab Cultural Association

2017-2018: Persian Student Union 

2016-2017: Thai Student Association 

2015-2016: Brazilian Student Association 

This award is given to the organization who presented the most dynamic and engaging International Coffee Hour through their decorations, food, and cultural presentations and engagement.

2018-2019: Filipino Student Association

2017-2018: Filipino Student Association 

2016-2017: Turkish Student Organization 

2015-2016: Saudi Students Association 

This award is given to the student organization that has significantly been involved with and participated with a variety of different groups or individuals through co-sponsorship, collaboration, or the creation of intercultural programs. 

2018-2019: Persian Student Union

2017-2018: Thai Student Association & Chinese Language and Culture Association

2016-2017: Amnesty International 

2015-2016: Muslim Student Association 

This award is presented to the organization that sought out new opportunities to develop their organization through innovative programs or new initiatives.  

2018-2019: Filipin Student Association

2017-2018: Brazilian Student Association 

2016-2017: Filipino Student Association 

2015-2016: AIESEC 

This award is presented to the student organization that has gone above and beyond to fulfill the mission of their organization and the mission of ISL through its activities, programs, and projects. Dedicated in 2018, this award is presented in memory of Jackie Minus, ISL’s long-serving Administrative Assistant from 2000-2017, as a way to honor her committment over the years to the success of international students, student organizations, and the love she shared for the work of ISL’s students each day. 

2019-2020: Persian Student Union

2018-2019: Vietnamese Student Association

2017-2018: Filipino Student Association 

2016-2017: Caribbean Student Association

2015-2016: AIESEC 

Individual Awards

2019-2020: Ankita Shah

2018-2019: Sherine Kullmann & Samara Pattiasina

 2017-2018: Ivy Lin, Alex Singley, Pranav Prabhu, & Chang Liu 

2016-2017: Cristian Aranda & Mimi Rahman 

2015-2016: Alec Lavender 

2018-2019: Dana Carney 

2017-2018: Chris Gray 

2016-2017: Dana Carney 

2015-2016: Tien-Tien Cheng & Kevin Coyne 

2019-2020: Katja Sonkeng & Sushanth Kathirvelu

2018-2019: Beryl Huang & Daniel Ferreira da Silva

 2017-2018: Alaa Ahmed & Georgina George 

2016-2017: Fengkan Zhu, Lunara David Gonçalves, & Sary Alsanea

2015-2016: Viviane Alves Moore 

2019-2020: Dorna Mansouri

2018-2019: Nia Hammer 

2017-2018: Chidera Onyirimba & Helen Pham 

2016-2017: Arnelle Vilfort & Osama Elmor 

2015-2016: Preethi Raja & Frederick Ruitao Fu 

2019-2020: Nhilynn Nguyen

2018-2019: Qiaoyu (Joy) Xiao 

2017-2018: Sally Shi 

2016-2017: Chidera Onyirimba 

2015-2016: Nana Yaa Boateng & William Emedosi

2019-2020: Joy Xiao & Yen-Ho Chen

2018-2019: Kieanna Doctrine & Summer Phung 

2017-2018: Hiba Rizvi, Virgille Sonon, & Paria Fahkrai

2016-2017: Simon Chang, Adowa Agyepong, Suman Barat, & Brian Xu 

2015-2016: Charyse Magdangal 

2019-2020: Erick Gaona Salazar

2018-2019: Kamryn Lyle

 2017-2018: Jennifer Watkins

2016-2017: Molly Malone 

2015-2016: Amy Zhan 

2019-2020: Daniela McLean, Oconee County Middle School

2018-2019: Chris Brewer, Bank of America

 2017-2018: Susan Cowart, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs 

2016-2017: Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute 

The Open Arms Award honors UGA faculty or staff who have gone above and beyond their formal duties in facilitating the presence of international students and/or scholars at the University of Georgia and making their experience at UGA productive and positive.

2019-2020: Antonina Ignatiuc

2017-2018: Jackie Minus

2016-2017: Scott and Kelly Horne

2015-2016: Sunkoo Yuh 

The Snizhana Radzetska Award is the most prestigious of the ISL individual awards and is presented to the individual who best represents the goals and mission of ISL. This award is presented in memory of Snizhana Radzetska, an international Ph.D. student who embodied the mission and passion of ISL throughout her time as a student at the University of Georgia.

2019-2020: Kristin Dulog

2018-2019: Virgille Sonon

2017-2018: Fengkan Zhu

2016-2017: Nana Yaa Boateng 

2015-2016: Sena Ahiayibor