Kingfisher Awards

The Dean of Students Office recognises the outstanding contributions of student organisations to the Yale-NUS College and the surrounding community. Join us in celebrating our outstanding leaders, organisations, programmes and role models this 2019-2020 academic year.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 | Performance Hall | Followed by reception


Criteria for Award Nominations

  1. All individual nominees must be in good academic standing with the University during the 2019-20 academic year.
  2. Student organisation nominees must be currently registered and in good standing with the Dean of Students Office
  3. One nominator may nominate multiple individuals or groups for awards; however, each nomination must have its own nomination form and unique letters of support.
  4. All nominations require at least one letter from a Yale-NUS College student, faculty or staff member. Additional letters of support will be considered.
  5. All nominees will be invited to the award ceremony.
  6. Letters of nomination and support should provide as much detailed information about the nominee as possible. Information should pertain to the 2019-2020 academic year and/or events and activities that have occurred from August 2019- April 1, 2020.
  7. Letters of support must include the supporter’s contact information. Nominators will receive confirmations to ensure their validity.
  8. Letters of support should speak to the nominee’s strengths and qualifications. The more you can identify specifically why this nominee deserves to win that specific award, the easier it will be for the Selection Committee to review your nomination.
  9. Nominators are encouraged to let their nominees know a nomination is being submitted for them.

Nominations are closed.



Students are recognized for distinct leadership roles and their dedication, commitment and leadership in serving their peers and campus life.

Residential College Advisors

RCAs work to support a small group of first-year students and act as mentors, programme planners, and advisors. They are one of the first people to help acclimate new students to the college!

O’Comm and OGLs

The Orientation Committee (O’Comm) and Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs) work closely with the Dean of Students Office to welcome incoming first-year students to the Yale-NUS community and make their orientation experience meaningful.



These prestigious awards recognise and honor exceptional achievements by members of the Yale-NUS community who demonstrate their commitment to student engagement and campus life.

Outstanding Student Organisation

Awarded to a recognized student organisation that embodies creativity, has sponsored innovative and diverse programmes, and has made extraordinary contributions to campus life at Yale-NUS College. Selection criteria includes collaborations with other student organisations and the College, community service and leadership.


Outstanding Student Organisation Programme

Awarded to recognise significant achievements by student organisations in the planning and implementation of programmes, either a one-time event or a series of events marketed as a single programme.


Outstanding Athletic Team

Awarded to a recognised athletic team that embodies sportsmanship, has shown consistency in training, competitions and events, and has made extraordinary contributions to the athletics scene at Yale-NUS College. Selection criteria include collaborations with other athletic teams and the College.


Outstanding Athletic & Recreation Programme (Individual / Group)

Awarded to student leaders who have advocated for physical wellness through student life programming, with the aim of promoting a culture of active movement. Awardees should have initiated and implemented athletic and recreational programmes for the community, either a one-time event or a series of events marketed as a single programme.


Best Residence Life Programme (RCA)

This award is given to the RCA organisers of a Residential Life programme that has had a strong impact on the community and for an individual or team that went above and beyond. This programme fostered engagement, addressed noted student needs, and had clear outcomes. The event was well prepared, creative, and smoothly executed.


Outstanding Social Impact Programme (Organisation)

Awarded to a recognised student organisation whose programmes or efforts educate people on social justice issues on campus, nationally or abroad and have shown evidence of a significant impact on addressing power, privilege, and discrimination to foster inclusiveness and a socially just society.


Commitment to Community and Social Change (Individual)

Awarded to an individual student who has contributed significantly to social justice, peace, social change, education, public health, or environmental justice. Nominees must demonstrate a commitment to social justice by challenging social inequities, made a significant contribution to disadvantaged communities nationally or internationally, and has significantly improved the lives of others.


Commitment to Intercultural Engagement (Organisation)

Awarded to a recognised student organisation for its instrumental and significant contributions in creating and enhancing a diverse and inclusive community through effective and sustainable programmes and activities at Yale-NUS.


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
(Individual / Group)

Awarded to student leaders who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through student life programming and positive interactions with other students, faculty and staff. Awardees should have initiated programmes or services which contributed to promoting a culture of inclusivity and mutual respect at Yale-NUS and the community.


Distinguished Residential Life Leadership Award (RCA)

Awarded to an RCA who displays excellent leadership and commitment to community building within the Residential Colleges. This RCA has displayed commitment to strengthening the residential life programme, outstanding personal integrity, strong mentorship skills and is an established team member.


Student Organisation Leader of the Year

Awarded to an executive member of a recognised student organisation who displays excellent leadership and commitment to the growth of their organisation and strengthens campus life at Yale-NUS College. This student leader is a team player with outstanding personal integrity and strong mentorship skills.


Athletic Captain of the Year

Awarded to a captain of a recognised athletic team who displays excellent leadership and commitment to the growth of their team and strengthens the athletics culture at Yale-NUS College. This athletic captain is a team player with outstanding personal integrity and strong mentorship skills.


Student Athlete of the Year

Awarded to an athlete of a recognised athletic team who displays resilience and commitment to training and helps to strengthen the team. This student athlete is a team player with outstanding personal integrity and puts in their best effort.


Student Associate of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding student employee in any department on campus. Outstanding student associates must demonstrate a willingness to go above and beyond the expectations, be a team player, and assist co-workers and contribute towards advancing the mission of Yale-NUS.


Advisor of the Year

Awarded to recognise a student organisation advisor who has excelled and exemplified outstanding service, dedication, and leadership to the organisation they advise.


Unsung Hero Award

The Unsung Hero award recognises a Yale-NUS staff or faculty who has positively influenced a student-driven programme or a recognised student organisation from behind the scenes with a positive attitude, a willingness to help in whatever capacity necessary, and a commitment to excellence.


Distinguished Student Leader/s

Awarded to a student leader who has demonstrated superior and stellar leadership skills in their student organisations, made meaningful contributions and has made a strong impact within Yale-NUS. This is the most prestigious award given to graduating senior students, who consistently go above and beyond leaving a lasting legacy upon graduation.