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Star Awards

The Office of Student Leadership Development and Traditions is pleased to honor and recognize the achievements of our student leaders, student organizations and professionals at Drexel University and believes that their examples should be highlighted in the Drexel community.

Each term we recognize a Star Leader, Star Organization and Star Professional in our community.

We applaud our Star Leaders, Star Organizations, and Star Professionals. Their programs and achievements illustrate dedication to making a difference in the Drexel community!

Applications for the fall 2014 Star Awards will open soon. Nomination forms are available electronically via DragonLink. For questions or more info, email

What are Star Leaders, Star Organizations and Star Professionals?

The Office of Student Leadership Development & Traditions (SLDT) is pleased to honor and recognize the achievements and contributions of our student leaders, student organizations, and professionals as positive examples in the Drexel community! Each term we offer the following awards:

Star Leaders are full-time Drexel students whose accomplishments are not the product of a paid student leadership position and their efforts and achievements demonstrate a dedication to improving the campus community and making a difference in the lives of fellow Drexel Dragons

Star Organizationsare fully recognized Drexel student organizations whose programs and achievements demonstrate a dedication to improving the campus community and making a difference in the lives of fellow Drexel Dragons.

Star Professionals are Drexel staff or faculty members whose efforts and achievements demonstrate a dedication to improving the campus community, making a difference in the lives of fellow Drexel Dragons, and significantly influencing student leaders and members of Drexel’s student organizations.

What do I/we get for becoming a Star Award winner?

All award recipients will receive:

  • A personalized recognition letter
  • Their name engraved on an award plaque displayed in the Creese Student Center
  • Their picture posted on the SLDT website/Facebook
  • Recognition in the DrexelNow e-newsletter
  • Leader/Professional: A $50 gift card
  • Organization: $100 deposited into their organization’s fundraising account 

How are decisions made and can I/we apply to be a Star Award candidate?

The SLDT staff will review the nominations for each award category and evaluate the individual’s or organization’s dedication toward a program, organization, or cause and the total impact made within the Drexel community. Examples may include (but are not limited to): sponsoring a charity event, organizing an event to engage students, and anything in between. In general, we will identify individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to make a difference for their organization and the surrounding communities.

How can students and staff submit nominations for a Star Award category?

Students and staff may complete and submit the Star Award forms to SLDT by the end of final exam week each term for consideration for that term's award.

The 2014-2015 deadline submission dates are:

  • Fall 2014 term: Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winter 2015 term: Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Spring 2015 term: Saturday, June 11, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Nomination forms are now available electronically via DragonLink. For questions or more info, email

Past Star Award Winners

Click here for a full history of past Star Award recipients.

Fall 2013 Star Award Winners

Star Leader: Elizabeth Kwong

Elizabeth Kwong has been a transformational leader through her involvement in Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Inc., as well as through founding the Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE) in 2013. During fall term, Elizabeth helped plan and organize the SASE’s National Convention & Job Fair in Philadelphia, which had over 1000 attendees. Elizabeth has also been committed to battling domestic violence against women throughout her college career and regularly volunteers for the Eliza Shirley House and Women Against Abuse. Her example has helped her organizations to grow and inspire others to make a difference in their communities.

Star Organization: Drexel Muslim Students Association

The Drexel Muslim Students Association (DMSA) is committed to creating a community for the Muslim student population at Drexel University, hosting many religious and social events throughout the term. They also work to engage the greater university and Philadelphia communities, hosting a large variety of service projects and educational events for the greater Drexel community. In the fall term, DMSA raised money for FeedPhilly and hosted a clothing drive which collected over 100 sets of clothing for needy Philadelphians. They also hosted several educational events, including guest speakers Abdul Nasir Jangda and Saad Tasleem, to create dialogue about Islam and educate others.

Star Professionals (co-winners): Dr. Ellen Staurowsky and Taif Choudhury

Dr. Ellen Staurowsky is a professor in the Sport Management department as well as the adviser to the Sport Management Student Union (SMTSU). Her work has brought a great deal of publicity and name recognition to the Drexel Sport Management program through her coverage of the Jerry Sandusky scandal/trial, as well as regularly being published in USA Today, New York Times, and Sports on Earth. She has also established an LGBT research and activism sport network website (“LGBT Issues in Sport: Theory to Practice”), helping to create increased dialogue and study on social justice issues in sport. Her experience in the industry and assistance in the planning efforts led to the success of SMTSU’s first Annual Sport for Social Change Conference, bringing experts like Eli Wolff (sports for athletes with disabilities) and Patrick Hruby (progressive journalist who covers social issues in sports) to Drexel.

Taif Choudhury, an assistant lab manager at the Electrical & Computer Engineer (ECE) department’s student help desk, is the man behind the scenes allowing the ECE department to run smoothly each day. Taif also works very closely with two key ECE student organizations: IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society. He assisted with IEEE’s recent hackathon at the ExCite Center, both in the planning and day-of logistics, helping it to be successful. Taif’s commitment to going above the call of duty, most notably in hosting hands-on workshops on a variety of technologies essential to electrical engineers for Eta Kappa Nu, is remarkable.