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2017 Award recipients: James McGowan and Gretchen Erdmann-Hermans

Read about past recipients and finalists:
Shannon Davis and Natasha Pedone-Kahle, recipients 

Patrick M Dunn & Jolene Enge, recipients

Jessi Kendall, recipient

Jessie Otradovec, recipient  

Debra Westby, finalist 

Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Awards

The Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award recognizes two returning adult undergraduate students whose exceptional determination and perseverance have enabled them to pursue their academic work and to contribute to the community by demonstrated leadership and service.

Nominations are accepted December through mid-February each year. UW-Madison faculty, staff, students, or members of the community may submit nominations to the Adult Career and Special Student Services during that time.

A nominee must be

  • currently enrolled at UW-Madison as a senior undergraduate degree candidate who began or resumed university work after a significant interruption (usually 5 years) in their formal education
  • earning a first undergraduate degree, with a cumulative GPA which reflects academic success
  • anticipating graduation in May, August or December of the current year
  • a NEW nominee for the award (not previously considered)

To nominate a student

Using our online nomination form, please provide the student's name, address, email, phone number, ID number, expected graduation date and the nominator's name, address, and phone number.

Support this award

The Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award is supported in part by the American Association of Women - Monona/Madison branch. Gifts of any amount are welcome to the AAUW - Madison Fund for Excellence.
Donate online

Contact information

Sybil Pressprich, Adult Career and Special Student Services, 21 N. Park St, Rm 7101, Madison, WI 53715, 608-263-6960;

Sponsored by the Division of Student Life, the Division of Continuing Studies' Adult Career and Special Student Services, and the American Association of University Women