Awards and Professional Recognition

The Career Center takes pride in leadership, research, assessment, and service to students and to the profession. Below is a list of awards and recognition we have received for our efforts over the last ten years.

Research Awards

John Steele Grant Award

Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers

The John Steele grant supports and encourages new research in career planning and college recruiting.

  • 2017: The Salary Puzzle: A Multi-Institutional Study of Salary Data Collection on First Destination Surveys. Julia Panke Makela and Albert Kim (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Sarah K. Barks (Grinnell College), Jason Eckert (University of Dayton), Noah Pollock (Oakland University)
  • 2016: Career Competency and Self-efficacy Development for Paraprofessional Student Employees in Career Services. Julia Panke Makela, Jessamyn G. Perlus, Gaeun Seo, Daniel Almanza, Amanda Cox & Kevin Hoff
  • 2015: Examining long-term outcomes of participation in our Career Certificate-International Program. Gaeun Seo, Julia Panke Makela, Jessamyn Perlus, Daniel Ryan Scholes, & Un Yeong Park

John D. Shingleton Award for Innovation and Applied Research

Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers

The John D. Shingleton Award is given for the best application of completed research that strengthens or enhances career services and recruitment practices.

  • 2016: Innovative Bridge Building – Design and Assessment of a Networking Program for Underrepresented Populations. Jessamyn G. Perlus, Julia Panke Makela, Daniel Almanza & Amanda Cox
  • 2015: Assessment and enhancement of individual career advising services. Julia Panke Makela, Gaeun Seo, Amanda Cox, Brian Neighbors, & Keri Pipkins

Graduate Student Research Award

National Career Development Association

This award is to honor graduate students who undertake exemplary research addressing topics related to career information, career development, and career planning. The award is for work on a doctoral dissertation or master's thesis approved by the student's institution.

  • 2017: Gaeun Seo

Program/Service Awards

China Career Development Award

Global University Career Development Conference

This award recognizes best practices in collective and collaborative service delivery for international students.

  • 2020: University of Illinois Career Services Community
  • 2019: University of Illinois Career Services Community

NCDA Outstanding Service to International Students Award

National Career Development Association

This award recognizes university career centers that have made an active commitment to partnering with and supporting the career development of international students, with only one career center selected to receive this award each year.

  • 2016: Un Yeong Park

NACE Technology Excellence Award - College

National Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2016: Hire Illini Data Dashboard. Nell Madigan, Jennifer Neef, Gail Rooney, & the Career Services Steering Committee

Student Affairs Recognition of Exemplary Assessment Projects

Division of Student Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2020: Project title: Exploring medical student applicant outcomes: Connecting diverse data sources to communicate trends.
  • 2016: Assessment of the Career Certificate-International program, with creative use of results for program promotion and improvement. Julia Panke Makela, Un Yeong Park, Gaeun Seo, Jessamyn Perlus, & Daniel Ryan Scholes

Individual Leadership Awards

National Career Development Association


  • 2019: Julia Panke Makela


  • 2021: Un Yeong Park
  • 2018: Julia Panke Makela

Presidential Recognition Award

  • 2017: Julia Panke Makela

Hire Big 10+ Consortium

Outstanding New Career Services Professional

  • 2022: Michael Valadez
  • 2019: Emma Andruczyk

Outstanding Career Services Professional

  • 2021: Jenni Crum

Outstanding Career Services Supervisor

  • 2021: Amanda Cox


Special Libraries Association

Illinois Chapter, Emerging Leader Award

  • 2019: Beth Sheehan


Office of Student Financial Aid (UIUC)

Student Employee of the Year

2023: Honorable Mention: Haihley Connors

Diversity and Social Justice Education (Student Affairs, UIUC)

Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • 2021: Honorable Mention: Jessica Howard