UMEA Awards and Recognition

UMEA recognizes leadership and achievement of it's members through a competitive awards process. Awards are presented annually at the Awards Luncheon during the MU Extension Summit held in Columbia, MO.

Outstanding Program Award

The Outstanding Program Award recognizes a single program effort by UMEA members.

  • Programs must have been conducted between January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
  • Entrants must be a member of UMEA with dues paid as of January 31 of the award year.
  • Both individual or team entries are encouraged.
  • All members of a team entry must be members of UMEA with dues paid as of January 31.

Cash awards will be given: 1st place $400, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $200.

  • Each Team member, who is a paid member of UMEA, will be presented a certificate
  • Award money will be presented to the team leader to distribute the award for program development or professional development 
  • Can be self-nominated
  • A program that has been recognized in the past five years cannot reapply
Scoring of nomination will be based off of:
  • 50% Program Summary
  • 10% Supporting Materials (Media, Brochures, Pictures, etc.)
  • 20% Originality and Innovation
  • 10% Overall Application

Apply Here: Due Sept. 10, 2019

Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Award recognizes the accomplishments of a single UMEA member based on both programmatic and nonromantic contributions the member has made while working for Extension.

  • Nominees must have been with Extension at least 5 years and a member of UMEA for the past 3 consecutive years with dues for this year paid prior to January 31 of the award year.
  • One Meritorious Service winner will be selected from the entire membership (field and campus) regardless of category/specialization.
  • Cash award of $200 will be given to the winner to be used for their professional development.
  • A member can only receive the award once in their MU Extension Career.

Nomination scoring is based on 

  • 15% Program Summary (show significant work in program area)
  • 30% Program Accomplishments (size, scope, changes, teamwork, new ideas, etc.)
  • 10% Contributions Outside Program Area (teamwork, community, etc.)
  • 10% Professional Development (UMEA, professional organizations, etc.)
  • 10% Supporting Materials (media, brochures, pictures, etc.)
  • 15% Overall Size and Depth of Programming
  • 10% Overall Application

Apply Here: Due Sept. 10, 2019

Connection and Engagement Award

The Connection and Engagement Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an Extension Faculty member.

  • The nominee must have been a member of the field or state faculty for at least 12 months as of August 1, 2019.
  • Up to two (2) Connection & Engagement Awards may be given providing a sufficient number of complete applications are received.  
  • A region may nominate as many faculty members as are eligible.  Nominees can be self-nominated or colleagues can make nominations.
  • A monetary award of $200 will be given to each winner to use for their professional improvement.

Nominations will be scored by:

  • 30% Size and scope of programming of the last 1-2 years
  • 30% Connection and engagement accomplishments of the last 1-2 years
  • 20% Teamwork
  • 10% Professional involvement
  • 10% Overall application

Please submit a short essay addressing the significant contributions of the nominee to University of Missouri Extension programming.  The following are suggested topics to include:

  • Size and scope of programming
  • Connection and engagement accomplishments
  • Teamwork efforts
  • Professional improvement activities and UMEA involvement

Note: To be eligible for this award the nominee does not have to be a paid UMEA member for 2018 (see By-Laws for definition).

Apply Here: Due Sept. 10, 2019

Rookie of the Year Award

The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a new extension faculty member.

  • The nominee must have been a member of the field or state faculty for no less than six months and no more than 24 months as of August 1, 2019.  (i.e. hired between August 1, 2017 and February 1, 2019).  Extension experience in other states is included in this period.
  • Up to two (2) rookie awards may be given providing a sufficient number of complete applications are received.  
  • A region may nominate as many faculty members as are eligible.
  • Nominees can be self-nominated or colleagues can make nominations.
  • A monetary award of $200 will be given to each winner to use for their professional improvement.

Please submit a short essay addressing the significant contributions of the nominee to University of Missouri Extension programming. The following are suggested topics to include:

  • size and scope of program
  • significant changes or additions made to the program
  • new and innovative program ideas
  • teamwork efforts
  • professional improvement activities and UMEA involvement

Nominations will be scored by:

  • 10% Size and scope of program
  • 40% Significant programming efforts
  • 20% Teamwork
  • 10% Professional involvement
  • 20% Overall application

Note: To be eligible for this award the nominee does not have to be a paid UMEA member for 2018 (see By-Laws for definition).

Apply Here: Due Sept. 10, 2019

Staff Programing Award

The Staff Programming Award recognizes outstanding achievement by Extension staff members, including YPAs, NPAs, and Youth Educators. 

  • The nominee must have been a staff member for no less than six months as of August 1, 2019.  Extension experience in other states is included in this period.
  • Up to two (2) Staff Programming awards may be given providing a sufficient number of complete applications are received.  
  • A region may nominate as many staff members as are eligible.  Nominees can be self-nominated or colleagues can make nominations.
  • A monetary award of $200 will be given to each winner to use for their professional improvement.

Nominations will be scored by:

  • 20% Collaboration (works inclusively to accomplish goals with coworkers, participants and program partners)
  • 20% Communication (provides information clearly, ensuring participation)
  • 20% Customer focus (understands and responds to customers’ needs)
  • 20% Meets organizational requirements (submits proper paperwork in a timely manner and pursues professional development opportunities)
  • 20% Overall application
Please submit a short essay addressing the significant contributions of the nominee to University of Missouri Extension programming.  The following are suggested topics to include (as mentioned above):
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Customer focus
  • Meeting organizational requirements.

Note: To be eligible for this award the nominee does not have to be a paid UMEA member for 2018 (see By-Laws for definition).

Apply Here: Due Sept. 10, 2019

 

 

List of past award winners

For more information, contact James Quinn at QuinnJa@missouri.edu.