The U Make a Difference awards recognize 'excellence' in one of three key areas: innovation and curiosity, collaboration and communication, and a positive work environment and community.
For this award 'excellence' is defined as demonstrating outstanding success in job/professional responsibilities, projects or research.
Demonstrating exceptional initiative, perseverance, accountability or commitment in meeting or exceeding client (including other staff or students) needs, project deliverables, or goals.
Pursuing excellence through actions of integrity and perseverance.
Continuously striving to surpass personal expectations; actively seeking opportunities for personal learning, character building and growth; taking responsibility for own performance.
Behavioral characteristics associated with each of the criteria guide the selection of the award recipients. These descriptions (in the next three sections) provide the necessary context to a nominator on how a nominee may demonstrate distinction or excellence.