STAR Awards

What is the STAR Awards?

STAR Awards (Student Talent and Recognition) is an award ceremony that celebrates individual and organizational accomplishments throughout the year. Missouri State University hosted its first ever STAR Awards in 1996 and has recognized over 300 students, advisors, and student organizations since its beginning.

This occasion is best described as a business formal/cocktail event which provides a buffet dinner and surrounds its guests with elegant décor. 

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016 Time: 5:30pm

Location: Plaster Student Union, Grand Ballroom *Invitation ONLY

Nomination Due Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Time: 5:00 pm  *CampusLINK form process

About the Awards & Application Process: On average,150 applications are submitted to the Office of Student Engagement each year and nominations are taken from faculty, staff, students, and student organizations. We encourage you to make nominations for every award possible, for there are two categories: organization and individual. All nominations may be completed utilizing the CampusLINK form.  *No applications will be accepted via email or physically. Only those submitted utilizing the online nomination form will be accepted.

        Individual Category     

Organization Category

First Generation Award Mark of Distinction/ Distinguished Merit
SALUTE Awards Outstanding New Organization
Outstanding Student Employee* Most Improved Organization
Outstanding Organization Advisor Leadership/Membership Development
Outstanding Freshman Diversity Development
Outstanding Sophomore Academic/Educational Program
Outstanding Transfer Student Social/Entertainment Program
Outstanding Junior Social/Entertainment Program
Outstanding Senior Service/Volunteer Program
Outstanding Graduate Student Philanthropic Program
Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Diversity/Multicultural Program
Living Our Values Collaborative Program
Outstanding Leader  
Public Affairs Commitment  

Click here for a description of each award category.
*nomination form and date created through a separate office and may be different


Thank you for submitting nominations for STAR Awards 2015! Nominations are now closed!


2015 STAR Awards Winners



Public Affairs Commitment Bear Service Team
Newman Civic Fellow Aubrey Snedeker
First Generation Loretha Cain
SUCCESSability Eric Nelson
Student Excellence in Service Learning Sarah Schaffer
Dr. Earle Doman Student Commitment Award Mike Jungers
SALUTE Award (Student) Charles Jackson
SALUTE Award (Staff) Julie Johnson
Outstanding Student Employee Elijah Kleinsmith
Outstanding Organization Advisor Mary Ann Jennings
Outstanding Freshman Allison Smoot
Outstanding Sophomore Brianna Duda
Outstanding Transfer Student Walter Powers
Outstanding Junior Sofia Caito
Outstanding Senior Brooke McMillin
Outstanding Graduate Student Christine Hannis
Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Victor Mitchell
Living Our Values Kaylee Trost
Outstanding Leader Ashley Crisafulli
Collaborative Program LGBT History Month Kick-Off by Advocates
Diversity/Multicultural Program (small) Homecoming Edition by The Black Bear
Diversity/Multicultural Program (large) 36th International Banquet & Show by Association of International Students
Philanthropic Program Alzheimer's Walk by Sigma Kappa
Service/Volunteer Program (small) Blood, Sweat and Gears: Hunger Ends Here by Student Dietetic Association
Service/Volunteer Program (large) Harmony House by Alpha Phi Sigma-Sigma Mu Sigma
Social/Entertainment Program 36th International Banquet & Show by Association of International Students
Academic/Educational Program A.L.I.C.E. Training by Alpha Phi Sigma-Sigma Mu Sigma
Diversity Development Association of International Students
Leadership/Membership Development Bear Breaks
Most Improved Organization Criminal Justice Society
Outstanding New Organization Missouri State Improv
Mark of Distinction Residence Hall Association
Distinguished Merit (5)

Alpha Chi Omega

Alpha Delta Pi

Accounting Club

Student Activities Council

R.E.A.L Bears