Y-Work Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Employees

The Yale College Dean's Office (YCDO) and Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid (UFA) have created the Y-Work Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Employees in order to celebrate the many positive experiences of student employment on campus and to highlight great opportunities for and critical contributions by our student employees. The Y-Work prize will be awarded annually to a handful of current undergraduates whose dedication to their on-campus job has had a positive impact on the community through one of Yale’s departments, offices, labs, libraries, museums, residential colleges, or other part of campus.

Y-Work Award Nominations

All current undergraduate students who have worked a term-time job are eligible regardless of pay grade, financial aid eligibility, or federal work study participation.

The deadline for nominations for the Spring 2019 award has now passed. The Y-Work selection committee will review nominations and announce award recipients in April. If you have any questions about the nomination or selection process, please email y.work@yale.edu


Y-Work Award Winners 2018

On April 10, 2018 Dean Chun announced the ten students selected as winners of the inaugural Y-Work Award. Winners and their supervisors were recognized at a reception in April at the Dean's Residence.

Y-Work Award Winner Nominated By Department/Office
Raffi Donatich, BK '19 Nancy Kuhl Beinecke Library
Maria Eduarda Santana, JE '20 Adriane Steinacker Physics
Benito Flores, TC '20 Bianca Li Information Technology Services
Jaster Francis, BR '20 Anthony Riccio Sterling Memorial Library
Cesar Garcia Lopez, ES '18 Greg Watkins-Colwell Peabody Museum
Andrew Lingenfelter, MC '19 Shyam Shankar Applied Physics
Harper Loonsk, ES '18 Kathryn Dunn Ezra Stiles College Head of College Office
Leah Shrestinian, MC '18 Daniel Jones Yale University Art Gallery
Pong Trairatvorakul, ES '18 Sofya Zeylikman Center for Engineering Innovation and Design
Sydney Young, SM '18 Oren Kanner ITS Campus Community Technologies


Student employment at Yale

Summer and term-time on-campus employment is a core student experience at Yale and an opportunity for our students not only to invest in their education, but to extend their learning beyond the classroom and make valuable and lasting contributions to Yale’s community. Student employees, including both those who receive financial aid and those who don't, help to shape Yale through their work across the entire campus. Learn more about student employment at Yale and see current available jobs on the Student Employment website.