Awards are offered in the following categories

Service Learning Award
For faculty, academic staff, graduate students and professional students. The focus of this award is on a project that exemplifies the goals of service learning by highlighting ‘service’ or other engagement activities that are of value to the community. Applications should:

  • Include evidence of a reciprocal relationship with the community partner
  • Incorporate student reflection
  • Link the activity to formal credit / academic learning

Community Based Research Award

For faculty, academic staff, graduate students and professional students. 
The focus of this award is on the collaborative enterprise between academic researchers and community members. The project should:

  • Be able validate multiple sources of knowledge and promote the use of multiple methods of discovery and dissemination of the knowledge produced
  • Demonstrate a goal of social action/social change and sustainability
  • Be designed in collaboration with the community itself.
  • Evidence of a reciprocal relationship with the community partner must be included

Peter Bosscher Award
For undergraduate students. Wisconsin Without Borders honors the work of Dr. Peter Bosscher, whose work and ethic of social responsibility is at the core of WWB. He was passionate about providing service-learning opportunities to undergraduates and having students reflect on the global impact of their work. It is in this context that WWB will award two undergraduate awards of $500 each to students (individual/group) who can demonstrate through their project submission:

  • A commitment to service
  • Reflection
  • Strong community partnerships

4W Award- Women, Well-Being in Wisconsin, and the World
For undergraduate students. This award recognizes initiatives improving quality life issues for women and making the world better for all, promoting excellence in areas related to gender and wellbeing, both locally and globally. Submissions must reflect evidence of 4W core principles include a focus on:

  • Basic needs and human rights
  • Equality for all
  • Leadership and voice
  • Ecological justice

For more information about 4W related projects and initiatives click here .


Eligibility Criteria

At least one applicant of a team must be directly affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison—both at the time of nomination and of the project work completed.

Projects must have been active during the last year, starting in the summer. Projects should be substantially completed by March 2016, or be able to demonstrate ongoing impact. No minimum duration required. These awards are for prior achievement and do not apply to proposals for future work.

Judging Criteria
Projects may be of varying durations and/or structures, but all will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Created in a service learning or community-based research methodology;
  • Addressed a community-identified societal need
  • Demonstrated excellence or leadership in the integration of academic and community engagement;
  • Demonstrated evidence of a reciprocal relationship with a community partner;
  • Supported a global—or local to global—connection or context, (does not have to be located outside of the U.S.);
  • Completed in a credit-bearing framework;
  • Established a qualified impact on a field or target community;
  • Demonstrated engaged scholarship where teaching, research and service may be integrated in addressing a societal issue in partnership with the community;
  • Help advance the Wisconsin Idea, and
  • Demonstrated and/or representation of Reflective Learning Practices.

Please contact us with any questions:

Click here for the application/nomination page