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The Marvin Millgate Community Engagement Awards

The Carnegie Foundation describes community engagement as, “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”

Outreach and Engagement is a core goal of the University of Wyoming and is an integral component of our land-grant mission because it advances a culture of engagement and collaboration involving the exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of reciprocity with the citizens and institutions of Wyoming, the nation and the world. The scholarship of engagement involves collaborative teaching and research that enables learning to take place beyond the campus walls and makes discoveries useful beyond the academic community.

The Marvin Millgate Community Engagement Awards have been established by the President Laurie S. Nichols and Provost Kate Miller, in cooperation with UW’s Engagement Task Force, to recognize individuals and groups at the University of Wyoming and in the community who have rendered exceptional engagement to Wyoming communities (community is defined as “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest”).



Engaged Faculty Award

The Engaged Faculty Award will be presented to one faculty member whose demonstrated scholarship and/or practice of engagement significantly advances knowledge-sharing between academic disciplines and the public. Eligibility: Full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty member, or academic professional lecturer (extended term track).

Award Amount: $1000

Nomination Requirements



Engaged Staff Award

The Engaged Staff Award recognizes one staff member at the university who both supports learning and development through community engagement and builds strong, reciprocal relationships between the campus and the community. Eligibility: Any full time staff member.

Award Amount: $1000

Nomination Requirements



Student Engagement Award

The Student Engagement Award recognizes one outstanding university student or recognized student organization who has been engaged in service-learning or other service opportunities that have made a tangible difference in the community. Eligibility: Any full-time student or Recognized Student Organization.

Award Amount: $1000

Nomination Requirements



Excellence in Community Partnership Award

This award recognizes community organizations that have rendered exceptional outreach and/or engagement within  Wyoming’s communities through partnership with the University of Wyoming. Awards will be presented to community organizations with a distinguished record of engagement. Recipients of these awards have made a significant contribution to their communities and enhanced the institution’s culture of engagement, further establishing and strengthening the University of Wyoming’s commitment to supporting the communities we serve.

Award Amount: $1000

Nomination Requirements



Awards are to be used to enhance the outreach and engagement component(s) of the selected programs.

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