Since 2017, Michigan State University has hosted an annual Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony. Organized by the Office of University Outreach and Engagement, the ceremony honors and shines a light on exemplary high-quality community-engaged scholarship and university outreach activities through a number of recognitions programs. The awards are a statement that Michigan State University deeply values, encourages, and celebrates the accomplishments of its faculty, staff, students, and partners in community engagement. 

2024 MSU Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony

March 21, 2024 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Big Ten C

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2024 Award Recipients

Spartan Volunteer Service Awards 

  • Representative Recipients: Marissa Malleck, Lyman Briggs College and Honors College; Hady Omar, College of Natural Science; Arianna Pittenger, College of Social Science

2024 Graduate Student Award for Community Engagement Scholarship

  • Recipients: Farish Jazlan, College of Engineering; Taylor Elyse Mills, College of Arts and Letters; Maria Alejandra Garcia Otero, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

2024 Graduate Student Award for Science Communication and Outreach

  • Recipient: Sheril Kirshenbaum, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

2024 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Service 

  • Recipient: PFAS Research, Education, and Action for Community Health
    Courtney Carignan, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and College of Veterinary Medicine, with Great Lakes PFAS Action Network

2024 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Teaching 

  • Recipient: Making Better Veterinarians and Providing Services for Pets 
    Donna L. Harris, College of Veterinary Medicine, with CSNIP (Community Spay/Neuter Initiative Partnership)

2024 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activity 

  • Recipient: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19: Art for Equity and Social Justice
    Nancy DeJoy, College of Arts and Letters, with Capital City Film Festival; Impression 5 Science Center; Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center; REACH Studio Art Center; Refugee Development Center

2024 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Research 

  • Recipient: Supporting Educators’ Well-Being and Relationship-Based Practices in Early Childhood Programs 
    Holly E. Brophy-Herb, College of Social Science, with Head Start for Kent County

2024 Distinguished Partnership Award for International Community-Engaged Scholarship

  • Recipient: Energy Convergence for Off-Grid Amazonian Communities
    Maria Claudia Lopez Perez, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with Emilio Moran, College of Social Sciences; Rachel Mourão, College of Communication Arts and Sciences; Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Universidade Federal do Oeste Pará, Brazil  

2024 Community Engagement Scholarship Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Recipient: Terrie E. Taylor, College of Osteopathic Medicine