Student Employee of the Year

Student employees are a valued part of the Emory community. Not only do they bring exceptional skills and energy to our work environments, but they also equip many units and departments to fulfill their responsibilities critical to Emory’s mission. Part-time campus employment is also beneficial for students, as these positions provide both a practical resource for contributing to the cost of education and a valuable opportunity to gain work experience.

The national Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) competition is sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. This competition starts at the school level, where supervisors nominate outstanding student employees. Emory’s Student Employee of the Year selection committee reviews all nominations and selects the Emory University Student Employee of the Year in early February of each year. Emory’s annual honoree is featured on the Office of Financial Aid website and receives an award certificate and a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Office of Financial Aid.

The Campus Student Employee of the Year is submitted to compete at a regional level each March, and regional honorees move on to the national competition. The National Student Employee of the Year celebration occurs during National Student Employment Week, which is celebrated during the second full week of April each year.

Meet the 2022-2023 Emory University Student Employee of the Year

Sandra Bourdon

Sandra Bourdon, 23C

Center for the Study of Law and Religion

"During her time here, Sandra has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm for her work and an exceptional ability to learn and communicate new things. Her curiosity and initiative consistently result in outstanding work that reliably exceeds expectations. She has served as a model for the rest of the student team and has helped train and coach new students in a wide range of tasks, projects, and technological tools." - John A. Bernau, PhD, Director of Digital Scholarship Center for the Study of Law and Religion | Emory Law

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory Law. As part of the Digital Scholarship and Administrative Support Team, I managed communications between hundreds of authors and the editorial team of an online publication, Canopy Forum, which reaches tens of thousands of readers all around the world. In addition, I led and managed several projects including cataloging the CSLR Media Archive and creating a timeline to commemorate the Center’s fortieth anniversary. It's been an honor to collaborate with amazing faculty, staff, and other students and to witness the Center's outreach and impact. I have grown so much professionally and learned skills I will take with me for the rest of my life.” – Sandra Bourdon

SEOTY Frequently Asked Questions

Undergraduate students employed on campus, receiving employee payroll, and performing a student employee job are eligible. Resident advisers, graduate students, and teaching assistants are not eligible.

Details on nominating a student for the 2024 SEOTY will be released in December 2023. For general questions, please email the FWS Team at with the subject line “SEOTY”

 Nominees are evaluated in five areas that will highlight their accomplishments:

    • Community Serve
    • Diversity
    • Leadership
    • Innovation & Technology
    • Critical Thinking

We encourage all supervisors and colleagues of student employees to take time during the second full week of April to recognize and reflect upon the contributions of their student employees. In 2023, this celebration will occur April 9-15.