Student employees honored

Artist and professor Xavier Cortada delivered the keynote speech. Photo: Diego Meza-Valdes/University of Miami

By Ashley A. Williams

Artist and professor Xavier Cortada delivered the keynote speech. Photo: Diego Meza-Valdes/University of Miami

Student employees honored

By Ashley A. Williams
To mark student employment week, the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment on Tuesday honored student employees at the 2019 Student Employment Award Ceremony at the Shalala Student Center.

Across the University of Miami campus, 4,500 student employees work full or part time performing invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. To commemorate National Student Employment Week this week, departments are taking the time to celebrate their student employees.

On Tuesday, April 9, the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment recognized nominees at its annual award ceremony in the Shalala Student Center. Artist and professor Xavier Cortada delivered the keynote speech.

Jilian Sansone, a project coordinator and undergraduate researcher in the Social Cognition Lab (SCL), was the recipient of the 2019 Student of the Year Award. The senior double majoring in psychology and English was nominated by assistant professor Elizabeth Simpson. Simpson, with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, also left the event a winner as she was awarded the 2019 Student Supervisor of the Year.

2019 Student Employee of the Year with her mentor Elizabeth Simpson, the 2019 Student Supervisor of the Year.
2019 Student Employee of the Year with her mentor, assistant professor Elizabeth Simpson, the 2019 Student Supervisor of the Year.

Sansone has worked in the SCL since her sophomore year. Since she arrived at UM, she knew she wanted to pursue how social experiences in early childhood shape personality and sociability of adolescents and adults.

“In the lab, I have learned above and beyond what I have learned in the classroom,” said Sansone. “My time under the mentorship of Dr. Simpson has allowed me to gain hands-on experience. Before I walked in the lab, I didn’t really understand the process.”

In her nomination letter, Simpson wrote that Sansone is a gifted science writer, dedicated researcher, and role model to her fellow students.

“Her spirit of collaboration, positivity, and enthusiasm are contagious to those around her,” said Simpson. “She has made numerous invaluable contributions to our research, including coauthoring two published peer-reviewed journal articles. The world needs more brilliant and compassionate scientists like her.”

Following graduation, Sansone plans to pursue a Master’s degree in counseling psychology.

Additionally, Elizabeth Acevedo, a student employee in the Office of the Dean and Graduate and Administrative Services at the College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded the 2019 Lead Miami Senior Excellence Award, and Ashley Krawczyk, a student employee in the Office of External Affairs at the School of Law, won the 2019 Lead Miami Newcomer Award.

As Cortada closed his speech, he said, “we see you, because in you, we see us.”


topics: