CEMS students earn 2021 President's Student Leadership & Service Awards

May 5, 2021 - Emma Lovett (ChE '21) and Elisah VandenBussche (fifth year PhD candidate, ChE) are among the recipients of the 2021 President's Student Leadership & Service Awards (PSLSA) for their accomplishments and contributions as outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The awards are presented to students for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community.

Lovett is graduating with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering with minors in chemistry and mathematics. Remarking on her service and leadership this past year, Lovett said, "I am most proud of the impact that I have made as President of the Society of Women Engineers at the University of Minnesota. Despite COVID-19, our group was able to remain as active and welcoming as previous year for new and existing members."

Elisah VandenBussche served as co-chair of the CEMS DEI Working Group and reflected on the progress of the group. "I am proud of how people across the CEMS department came together to address racism, equity, and mental health. Engineering education has a rich but flawed history and it’s rewarding to see important conversations and meaningful action get started. I’m hopeful about where it will lead with continued commitment."

The PSLSA is a collaboration between the Office of the President, Office for Student Affairs, University of Minnesota Alumni Association and Student Unions & Activities.